Outstanding businesses individuals and organizations were recognized at the 81st annual Summerland Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Excellence Awards on Saturday evening.
There were 85 nominees in 12 categories at this year’s awards ceremony, held at Centre Stage Theatre.
More than 200 people attended the event. Alysha Williams and Kyle Stewart of 97.1 Sun FM were the MCs for the evening.
“The nominees were interviewed as part of the judging process leading up to the recipients being selected,” said David Hull, executive director of the chamber. “We changed the selection process this year to one that was a fair, transparent, and balanced as opposed to an online voting popularity contest.”
Hospitality and Tourism Excellence: Kettle Valley Steam Railway
Accredited Professional Services Excellence: Avery Law Office
Manufacturing and Production Excellence: Range Rider
Customer Service Excellence: Summerland Library
Business to Business Excellence: Maple Roch Pure Maple Syrup
Agriculture and Agri-Business Excellence: Saxon Estate Winery
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Amanda Frankham, Summerland School of Dance
Non Profit Organization of the Year: Summerland Healthcare Auxiliary
Retailer of the Year: Carl’s Flower Company
New Business of the Year: Purple Hemp Co.
Business Person of the Year: Brian Callow, What The Fungus
Business of the Year: Swiss Solar Tech
Mayor’s Award of Excellence: Emergency Social Services
Arts and Culture Award: Dorthea Atwater and Peter Hay
Youth Leadership Award: Tiana Ferlizza
Citizen of the Year: Sheila White
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