By Sara Moulton
Outstanding local businesses and community members were recognized on Thursday, October 24, as the Fernie Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards ceremony at the Fernie Golf and Country Club.
The 2013 Fernie Community and Business Excellence Awards consisted of 13 categories, covering a range of contributions in both business and volunteer capacities. Nominees were appointed through submissions from the community, followed by a thorough process of consideration to select the winners. The President of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, Todd Fyfe, acknowledged the vast number of worthy submissions, which made it difficult to choose the final recipients for each award.
“Looking over the nomination submissions and reading all the positive comments about the nominees, makes one proud to be a part of this great community,” said Fyfe. “There are many deserving individuals, organizations and businesses in Fernie. We are here this evening to recognize those individuals and businesses that have been chosen by their community in 2013 to receive special recognition.”
The Mayor of Fernie, Mary Giuliano, was in attendance to present the Citizen of the Year award to Judith Johannsson, in recognition of her outstanding service to the community.
Attendees were able to enjoy the opportunity to relax and network before hearing inspirational stories of adventure by the night’s guest speaker, Colin Angus. The successful author and filmmaker drew upon his experiences, including the first circumnavigation of the Earth using only human power, to provide the crowd with entertaining examples of motivation, risk management and efficiency.
The evening also included proceedings for the Elk Valley Residential Housing Awards, which specifically recognized achievements in the residential building industry.
The winners of each award for 2013 are:
Fernie Community & Business Excellence Awards
Citizen of the Year: Judith Johannsson.
Entrepreneur(s) of the Year: Kieran and Erin Summers from Giv’Er Shirtworks
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Carmen Dunnet from The Green Petal
Youth Acheivement Award: Cera Atherton
Outstanding Customer Service Award: Overwaitea
Fernie Business of the Year: Fernie Home Building Centre
New Business of the Year: Infinitea T-Bar & Boutique
Community Impact Award: Fernie Trails Alliance
Community Tourism Achievement Award: Island Lake Lodge
Volunteer(s) of the Year: Chris and Shelley Moulton
Elk Valley Residential Housing Awards
Best Built Home under $500,000: Graceland Ventures Inc.
Best Built Home over $500,000: Larsen Whelan Enterprises Ltd.
Best Built Green Home: Tyee Homes
Best Renovation: Larsen Whelan Enterprises Ltd.