In addition to Claire Sokoloski being named West Kelowna Citizen of the Year, the Westbank and District Chamber of Commerce also handed out awards recognizing the best in Westside business at its annual Key Business Awards.
New chamber CEO Karen Thompson, whose first task was to organize the event, said there was some thought at first of skipping the awards this year because with the change over from Leah Thordarson to her, there was not much time to gather nominees.
Instead of starting in September, as is the case normally, the search for nominees did not get under way until December. But Thompson credited the awards committee with a lot of hard work to pull off the event, including gala dinner at Lake Okanagan Resort.
“This year’s winners, and indeed all nominees and finalists, are defined by high standards, integrity and their pride in the Westside” said Thompson
This year’s award winner included:
Business Beautification (sponsored by Bylands Garden Centre): RCMP Building
Community Social Development (sponsored by CIBC): Bonfire Restaurant
New Business (sponsored by Hergott Law): Manchester Signs
Tourism Development (sponsored by Okanagan Business Excellence): The Cove Lakeside Resort
Aboriginal (sponsored by Westbank First Nation): Little Miss Chief Gourmet
Business Person Of The Year (sponsored by Re/Max Kelowna Westside): Dave Keeler
Home Based Business (sponsored by Maciel & Company): Leif Thordarson
Service (Under 15 Employees, sponsored by Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission): Good Guys Audio Visual Unlimited
Retail (under 15, sponsored by TD Canada Trust): Paynter’s Market
Young Entrepreneur (sponsored by Porrelli Law Corporation): Trevor Neyedli
Large Business (sponsored by Interior Savings Credit Union): TD Canada Trust
Arts & Cultural Improvement (sponsored by Mission Hill Family Estate Winery): Capitol Theatre