Nominees for the 2015 Business Excellence Awards gathered at the Fernie Golf and Country Clut on Oct. 23.

Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 business awards

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce hosted this year's Community and Business Excellence Awards on Oct. 23.

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 PressKevin 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