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2017 Business Excellence Winners

2017 Business Excellence Award Winners

Celebrating Community Success

October 25, 2017
Fernie, BC. On the evening of October 24, 2017, 150 businesses owners and their teams and community leaders gathered to celebrate excellence in Fernie and the Fernie Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 2017 Community and Business Excellence awards. Fourteen awards were handed out to individuals and businesses. 
Guests heard from author and speaker Dan Pontefract. Dan spoke to the full house audience about aligning three crucial areas of purpose: personal, organizational, and workplace role. And that an organization centered on purpose will benefit every stakeholder from employee to society. 
The evening ended with presentation of the awards. 
And the winners are: 
Citizen of the Year Jeri Mitchell
Sponsored by the City of Fernie
Volunteer of the Year Deb Harris
Sponsored by the Free Press
Spirit of FernieElk River Alliance
Sponsored by ISOSCELES
Community Tourism Achievement Island Lake Lodge
Sponsored by Tourism Fernie
Outstanding Customer Service Award Nevados
Sponsored by Scotia Bank
New Business of the Year Coal Town Goods
Sponsored by FAR Summit Fund
Entrepreneur of the YearRyan Doehle
Sponsored by Community Futures East Kootenay
Team of the Year Tanglefoot Veterinary Clinic
Sponsored by EK Employment
Employer of the Year Super 8 Fernie
Sponsored by College of the Rockies
Fernie Business of the YearThree Sisters Day Spa
Sponsored by CanAus Coal Ltd and Trucut Ltd
Chamber Business Excellence Award Super 8 Fernie
Sponsored by Fernie Chamber of Commerce
Peoples’ Choice AwardKettle Black Bartending
Sponsored by Rockies Law Corp
Community Leadership Award Park Place Lodge
Sponsored by Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge
The Chamber Legacy Award sponsored by Western Financial Group was also awarded on Tuesday 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 Randy and Patti Cameron who have been operating businesses in Fernie for over 20 years and approach all projects and jobs with a can-do attitude. This couple is known for giving back to the community through volunteer hours and donation of services.
The Chamber of Commerce would like to give a huge thank-you to our award committee Marina Pauw, Cindy Pearson, Lindsay Reynolds, and Lindsay MacKay.  And, thank the sponsors who made this event possible including:

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