Chamber Community & Business Awards Honour businesses and individuals in 13 categories

From the tribute to Leonard Cohen with 250 Awards Night guests singing Hallelujah in his honour, to the Minerals North Committee dispersing funds to 13 local clubs and organizations, the Chamber was honoured and privileged to recognize customer service excellence in 13 categories at Saturday's (Nov 12) Community and Business Awards. Below are the three finalists in each category with the award finalist, who received the most votes from the Chamber's 220 members, in parentesis. Business of the Year sponsored by the Interior News: BugwoodBean, North Central Heating (Chatters Food Inc.); Business Person of the Year sponsored by Vandergaag & Bakker: Dan Boissevain, LB Paving, Grant Harris, Interior News, (Ella and Jessica Butz, Mainerz); Citizen/Volunteer of the Year sponsored by RW Calderwood Realty: Gisela Varga, (Harry Kruisselbrink, Susie Hooper); Customer Service Excellence/Business sponsored by the Salvation Army: Chelsey Graf, Harley Davidson of Smithers, Debby Miessner, Frontier Farwest; (Mike Brinnen, Pharmasave Health Centre); Environmental Business of the Year sponsored by the Town of Smithers and RDBN": Lemieux Creek Ranch, Net Zero Structures, (North Central Plumbing and Heating); Family Friendly Business of the Year sponsored by Bulkley Valley Credit Union: Subway, Hudson Bay Mountain (Daddios Restaurant); Home Based Business of the Year sponsored by Smithers Lumber Yard: Gabriele's Mobile Hairdressing Service, Sweet & Savoury Culinary Creations, (Paranormal Skis); Major Contributor to Arts and Culture sponsored by Scotiabank: Creative Roots Performing Arts, Roxy Dystra of Orchestra North, (BV Arts Council); Public Service Excellence sponsored by Aspen Inn & Suites: Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre, Bulkley Valley Hospice Socieyt, (Bulkley Valley Foundation); Technology Innovation Award sponsored by the BV Economic Development Association: LM Forest Resource Solutions; Tiny Life Supply, (BV Energy Managers); Tourism Excellence Award sponsored by Tourism Smithers: Laura Hols Street Piano Project, (Hudson Bay Mountain Resort, Bulkley Adventures); Young Entrepreneur Award sponsored by Bulkley Valley Credit Union: Bradley Wellington, operator of Frozen North Ice Cream Parlour (created by the Smithers Chamber of Commerce); Town of Smithers Building Excellence Awards, Residential Recipient: Ptmarmagan Meadows Ray Collingwood at 3684 Princess; Commercial Recipient, Brent Weme renovation project for North Central Plumbing & Heating, 3352 Hwy 16; Mixed Use Award in Building: the Mainerz Building, 1165/67 Main Street; Telkwa Business Leadership Award sponsored b the Village of Telkwa: Barb's Trucking.