Chamber awards winners honoured

The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce honoured citizens and businesses at its annual Community Excellence Awards

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.