The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce honoured citizens and businesses at its annual Community Excellence Awards on April 22 at the Italian Hall.
More than 240 guests attended the event to celebrate this year’s winners, including guest speaker Gord Johns, MP for the federal riding of Courtenay-Alberni.
Following is a list of this year’s winners:
Green Award — Haven Living, Desja Walker
Business Investment — Mahoe Properties, owners of Trestle RV Park at Great Central Lake, Danielle and Mark Marley
Business Excellence — Hertel Meats, Tom Hertel/ Ron Caldwell
Special recognition — Pot Luck Ceramics
Rising Star — Vancouver Island Limousine, Selena Van Apeldoorn
Welcoming workplace — The Starboard Grill
Chamber Award — Boomerangs Café
Tourism & Hospitality — West Coast Edge ATV, Blain and Patricia Pouliot
Spirit of Music — Pat Miller, Timbre! Choir
Health & Wellness — Alberni Valley Hospice Society
Social Media — Great Central Social Co., Tashia Potter
Youth of the Year — Kayla Caddy, Oliver Witham, Theresa Gingras
Volunteer of the Year — The Attic
Customer Service — Alberni District Co-op
Visionary Award — Stacey and Franco Gaiga
Citizen of the Year — Patty Edwards.
The full Power Point presentation with all the nominees and winners can be viewed on the chamber’s website, www.albernichamber.ca.