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2015 Community & Business Award Winners

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 10:26
On Friday, October 23, nearly 150 people filled the Clubhouse restaurant at the Fernie Golf and Country Club to celebrate the Community and Business Excellence Awards. The evening started with welcomes from MP Elect Wayne Stetski, MLA Minister Bill Bennett, Mayor Mary Giuliano and Chamber Board President Sheila Byers. 
Derrick Emsley, CEO and co-founder of tentree apparel, shared his story with the crowd on being authentic and an agent for change. The Clubhouse prepared and excellent meal and the crowd was entertained by the band Wild Honey before and after the presentations. 



Congratulations to the Winners 



Citizen of the Year – Sponsored by the City of Fernie

Rick Ganter

Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by the Free Press

Kevin McIsaac

Spirit of Fernie – Sponsored by Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge

Emily Brydon Youth Foundation

Community Tourism Achievement – Sponsored by Tourism Fernie

Spa 901

Outstanding Customer Service – Sponsored by Fernie Alpine Resort

Healing Hollow

New Business of the Year – Sponsored by Majic, Purdy Law Corporation

The Chopstick Truck

Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by Community Futures East Kootenay

Nourish Through Nature

Employee of the Year – Sponsored by EK Employment and Work BC

Deanne Milley, Evolution Health and Fitness

Employer of the Year – Sponsored by College of the Rockies

Super 8 Fernie

Fernie Business of the Year – Sponsored by Telus

Super 8 Fernie

Chamber Business Excellence – Sponsored by Fernie Chamber of Commerce 

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

People’s Choice Award – Sponsored by Park Place Lodge

Three Sisters Day Spa

Chamber Legacy Award – Sponsored by Fernie Chamber of Commerce

Ingrid Sombrowski

Business Leadership Award – Sponsored by Finning

Claris Media
The Chamber of Commerce thanks the many businesses and individuals who help organize and sponsor these awards. Including Telus, ISL Engineering, BC Hydro, Super 8 Fernie, Fernie Brewing Company, Western Financial Group, Fernie Fix, Freshies, Bridge Bistro, White Ladder Painting, Fernie Home Hardware Building Center, Ann’s Independent Grocer, Fernie Ford, Lilac Media, 6:8 Photography and Clawhammer. 
About the Awards. Online nominations were received from August 17 to September 18. This resulted in 125 submissions representing 60 different businesses, organizations, and individuals. Those nominees were contacted and asked to submit a business bio and statement of nomination.  That information was then sent to a judging panel of six people from in and outside of Fernie including a retired oil executive, controller, small business owners, human resource executive, and a magazine publisher. Based on the submissions the panel ranked the nominees. The top three or four were identified in finalists; four being selected when the rankings were too close to call. The top-ranked finalist then was selected as the award winner. The one exception to this was the People's Choice award. All nominees were entered in the People's Choice and online voting took place from October 10 to October 19 and saw 345 votes.  

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