The Fernie Chamber of Commerce hosted this year's Community and Business Excellence Awards at the Clubhouse restaurant at Fernie Golf and Country Club last Friday night. With almost 150 people in attendance, the evening was a great success. Notable attendees included, MP Elect Wayne Stetski, MLA Minister Bill Bennett and Fernie's own Mayor Mary Giuliano.
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 an excellent meal and the crowd was entertained by the band Wild Honey before and after the presentations.
Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees of the Business Excellence Awards.
Citizen of the Year - Sponsored by 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