The nominations are counted and the finalists have been announced for the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Community Excellence Awards.
Here are the finalists:
Social Media—The Funk Trunk, Jim’s Clothes Closet and Walk the Coast.
Health and Wellness—Ozzie’s Cycle, Alberni Natural Health Group and Sandra Gentleman.
Youth of the Year —Caleb Savard, Eric Gill, Daniel Tsai.
The Green Award—Ryan Dvorak, Eco Dry Cleaners and Sun Coast Waste.
Rising Star Award—Boomerangs, the Starboard Grill, Van Isle Ford.
Image Enhancement Award—Aaron Vissia Financial, Steampunk Café and Coffee House and the Blue Marlin Inn.
Tourism and Hospitality Award—West Coast Edge ATV, Sunset Market and Swept Away Inn.
Customer Service Award—Pacific Rim Veterinary Hospital, Quality Foods and Valley Vision Optometry.
Welcoming Workplace Award—Port Alberni Port Authority, Port Boat House, Slammer’s Gym.
Spirit of Music Award—Rob Armich, Lance Lapointe and Dan McMillan.
Volunteer of the Year—Bill Surry, David Hooper and Bob Cole.
Business Excellence Award—Pete’s Mountain Meats, Gone Fishin’ and West Coast Home Hardware.
Citizen of the Year—Patty Edwards, DeWayne Parfitt and Theresa Kingston.
Guests will be able to bid on a travel package to The Clearwater Lake Lodge and Resort west of Williams Lake. Funds raised through the bids will be redirected to the charity of choice for the 2015 Citizen of the Year.
The chamber’s Community Awards of Excellence will take place Friday, April 24 at the Italian Hall, 4065 Sixth Ave.