Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett (left) presents Shane Gunn with the Citizen of the Year award at the 24th Annual South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence & Citizen of the Year Awards. Max Winkelman photo.

Hundreds of votes in chamber awards

Shane Gunn was elected 2017 Citizen of the Year

Shane Gunn was elected 2017 Citizen of the Year at the 24th Annual South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence & Citizen of the Year Awards. Gunn raised over $100,000 from t-shirt sales after the 2017 wildfires which was donated to various fire departments and non-profits.

“Obviously it’s a great honour and I think I can speak on behalf of all the other nominees, that it’s just an honour to be nominated, as the old saying goes. I guess I just kind of represent one of many people, many citizens who over the past year have done a lot for our community with the challenges we’ve faced,” he says. “It’s a great honour.”

He was surprised he won with so many public figures in the mix, he says.

The Chamber is extremely pleased with how everything went, according to Executive Director Shelly Morton.

“I believe it was probably one of our smoothest running business excellence awards and most successful, mostly due to the way the community got behind it this year and the nominees all got behind it. And I think it was a wonderful night.”

All nominees were well deserved and it was exciting to see the winners, says Morton. The winners are decided by a public vote.

“758 votes we got prior to the night and another 115 on that night.”

Morton thanks everyone who supported the event with the donations, silent auction items and the sponsors of the awards.

For the full list of winners check

Community Impact Business Excellence Award -sponsored by Country 840 & The Goat

Save On Foods


Greatest Improvement in 2017 – sponsored by Sunrise Ford Sales

Jackson’s Social Club & Brew House


Tourism/ Recreation Award- sponsored by Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association

108 Golf Resort


Best Marketing & Promotion Business Excellence Award -sponsored by 100 Mile House Free Press

Rustic Elements


Professional Services Business Excellence Award – sponsored by 108 Mile Supermarket

Horton Ventures Inc.


Best Home Based Business Excellence Award – Sponsored by Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin

Green Sisters


Best New Business 2017 Excellence Award – sponsored by Williams Lake & District Credit Union

Blissed Out Yoga


Non–Profit Organization Award – sponsored by United Way-Thompson, Nicola, Cariboo

South Cariboo Search & Rescue


Community Based Business Excellence Award – sponsored by PMT Chartered Professional Accountants LLP

Iron Horse Pub & Grill


Resource Based Business Excellence Award – sponsored by Norbord

Big Rock Ranch


Age Friendly Business Award – sponsored by Age Friendly Society of the South Cariboo

Donex Pharmacy & Dept. Store


People’s Choice -Customer Service-People’s Choice Business Award-sponsored by Tim Hortons

Blissed Out Yoga

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