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2018 Community and Business Awards


 It was a celebration of success in Fernie. The room was full, the music was loud, and the awards were presented. Sold-out for the fourth straight year, the awards hosted nearly 150 business owners, volunteers, and community leaders.

The evening ended with presentation of the awards.

And the winners are:

Citizen of the Year – Chuck Shoesmith

Sponsored by the City of Fernie


Volunteer of the Year – Rick Wiess

Sponsored by the Free Press


Spirit of Fernie – Wapiti

Sponsored by Telus PureFibre


Community Tourism Achievement – Fernie Wilderness Adventures

Sponsored by Tourism Fernie


Outstanding Customer Service Award – Big Bang Bagels

Sponsored by Columbia Basin Trust


New Business of the Year – Fernie Copperworks Inc.

Sponsored by FAR Summit Fund


Entrepreneur of the Year – The Chop Stick Truck, Sydney Salvador

Sponsored by Community Futures East Kootenay


Team of the Year – Three Sisters Day Spa

Sponsored by EK Employment


Employer of the Year – Giv’er Shirt Works

Sponsored by College of the Rockies


Fernie Business of the Year – LWE Builders

Sponsored by North Coal Ltd and Trucut Ltd


Peoples’ Choice Award – Denham GM

Sponsored by Rockies Law Corp


Community Leadership Award – Fernie Brewing Company

Sponsored by Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge


The Chamber Legacy Award was also awarded on Friday night. This award recipient is selected by the Chamber Board of Director to recognize individual(s), or business, who have made an impact on the community over a ten year or more period. This year the award was presented to Gerald Price of GPI Chartered Accountants. Eighteen years ago, Gerald moved his young family to Fernie and took over a local business. He grew the business through great customer service and incorporated new technologies. Gerald is always willing to share his knowledge by delivering education sessions for the Chamber.


The Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the sponsors who made this event possible including: TruCut Ltd and North Coal Ltd, ISL Engineering, Teck, Capasiti Consulting, Super 8 Fernie, East Kootenay Community Credit Union, Claris Media, Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge, Island Lake Lodge, Green Petal, Silver Lining Events and Three Sisters Day Spa. And a huge thank-you to Lindsay Reynolds, Marina Pauw, Cindy Pearson, Jim Paul, and Casey Brennan.





2018 Community and Business Awards

October 26, 2018

at Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge

Congratulations to the Finalists


SPIRIT OF FERNIE - Sponsored by Telus

Fernie Fresh Food
Fernie Search and Rescue

  • A not-for-profit organization
  • Contribution to the economic, social and/or cultural well-being of Fernie
  • High level programming and or services to stakeholders
  • Effective and efficient management


Fernie Lodging Company
Fernie Trails Alliance
Fernie Wilderness Adventures

  • An organization or individual(s) that has notably contributed to the success of Fernie’s tourism industry within the areas of marketing, industry development/growth, product development, market development/growth, innovation, entrepreneurship or strategic business growth.

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE - Sponsored by Columbia Basin Trust

Barkside Pets
Big Bang Bagels
Cinch Homes

  • Based on online ranking from Expedia, Yelp, and Facebook
  • Innovation of products or services to create a customer experience

NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Fernie Alpine Resort

birr agency
Fernie Copperworks Inc.
Interior Envy

  • In business less the two years
  • Strong support to the Fernie business community
  • Strong commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Community Futures East Kootenay

Chopstick Truck
Happy Cow Ice Cream
Rooftop Coffee Roasters

  • Strong adherence to business ethics as demonstrated through company policies and business practices
  • Innovation and leadership as demonstrated through marketing, product development, and/or customer service
  • Active community involvement as demonstrated through organization memberships and/or community sponsorships.

TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD - Sponsored by EK Employment

Elk Valley Painting
Three Sisters Day Spa
White Ladder Painting

  • Nominated by companies to recognize a work team or department that has gone above and beyond in increasing sales, ensuring project success, or creating innovative business solutions.

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD - Sponsored by College of the Rockies

Giv'er Shirtworks
Spa 901
The Guide's Hut

  • Exceptional commitment to its employees demonstrated through job creation, training and support, recognition and rewards, employee health and wellness and professional development.
  • Must be a member of Fernie Chamber of Commerce in good standing

FERNIE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by North Coal

Peacock Hospitality

  • Demonstrated year after year growth and innovation

People's Choice Award - Sponsored by Rockies Law

Denham GM
The Vogue Theatre
Wild Wolves Designs

  • Businesses and organizations nominated in all categories are listed and voted on by the public. 

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD - Sponsored by Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge

Fernie Brewing Company
Fernie Home Hardware
Super 8 Fernie

  • Community impact through leadership, philanthropy, volunteerism, and vision
  • Community support through organization memberships
  • Industry leader shown through industry or professional association membership
  • Member of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce in good standing


CHAMBER BUSINESS LEGACY AWARD - Sponsored by Western Financial Group

  • Can be an individual or business
  • Evidence of over ten years business operations, may not currently be in operation
  • Impact on the community demonstrated through organization support and sponsorship
  • Has shown business support through Chamber membership and Chamber volunteerism (e.g. board of directors volunteer)
  • Nominated and selected by the Chamber Board of Directors

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - Sponored by City of Fernie
no nomination package required, nominees judged by awards committee, no finalist – winner invited to awards gala.

  • Resident of Fernie for two or more years
  • Leadership in multiple roles as demonstrated through business and/or volunteer experience
  • Has improved quality of life in Fernie

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by The Free Press
no nomination package required, nominees judged by awards committee, no finalist – winner invited to awards gala.

  • Commitment to volunteerism in Fernie and area demonstrated through volunteer hours
  • Demonstrated support to multiple organizations and activities

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