The 20th annual awards gala will take place this year on Oct. 26. (Facebook Photo)

Terrace Chamber of Commerce reveals list of finalists for Business Excellence Awards

20th annual gala evening has been changed to Oct. 26

The Terrace Chamber of Commerce has released its list of finalists for this year’s Business Excellence Awards.

After extending their nomination deadline, a panel of 15 judges reviewed entries in 14 award categories and chose their top three for each.

All members of the public are encouraged to vote for their pick by midnight on Oct. 23. Winners will then be revealed at the Terrace Chamber of Commerce 20th annual gala evening on Oct. 26.

The event was originally scheduled on Oct. 19 but due to another popular event that evening, it was changed to avoid conflict.

READ MORE: Terrace Chamber of Commerce extends nomination deadline

In a previous interview with the Terrace Standard, Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce member and event coordinator Golnoosh Namazi says it’s important for the community to partake in voting as it helps recognize small businesses.

“By supporting these smaller, local businesses, you’re actually keeping that money in the economy here and with nominations for awards like this, you’re helping to encourage those businesses to keep going and be sustainable,” Namazi says, noting there are over 350 registered businesses with the Terrace Chamber of Commerce and that not everyone has a storefront — some may be small and home-run.

“I feel so inspired when I see people that believe in whatever they do… that someone saw a need for something and decided to go after that.”

READ MORE: Terrace & District Chamber of Commerce celebrates big win for LNG

She adds anybody from the public can attend the gala, which is considered to be the premiere business event of the year. It will take place at the Terrace Sportsplex with tickets at $65 for entry. Entertainment featuring a guest hypnotist and dinner is included.

To vote and purchase tickets, visit

2019 Award Finalists

Best Kept Commercial Property:

  • All West Trading
  • Skeena Bar & Liquor Store
  • Terrace Child Development Centre – Park Centre

Business of the Year:

  • Acadia Northwest Mechanical
  • MacCarthy Motors
  • Save-On-Foods

Community Impact:

  • Dave Gordon
  • Terrace Farmers’ Market
  • Terrace Search & Rescue

Contributor to the Arts:

  • Laura McGregor (Terrace Art Gallery)
  • Red Raven Art Gallery
  • R.E.M. Lee Theatre Alive Society

Customer Service Award:

  • A&J Roofing
  • Mehreen
  • Misty River Books

Executive of the Year Award:

  • Doug Ames – Northwest Fuels
  • Amanda Bains – K’san Society
  • Christian Theberge – My Recreation Mountain Coop

Home Based Business Award:

  • Keri’d Away Baskets & Gifts – Keri Pearson
  • Sarah & Company Communication – Sarah Artis
  • Spirit Bear Express – Eric Roy

Most Valuable Employee Award:

  • Adam Teichroeb – Totem Auto Group
  • Grace Makowski – Northern Savings Credit Union
  • Tyler Cameron – Acadia Northwest Mechanical

Newsmaker of the Year Award:

  • K’san Society
  • LNG Canada
  • Terrace Search & Rescue

Resource Industry of the Year Award:

  • LNG Canada
  • NBC Contracting Inc.
  • Skeena Sawmills

Tourism & Hospitality Excellence Award:

  • Nisga’a Nation
  • Rob Bryce
  • Terrace Off-Road Cycling Association

Volunteer of the Year Award:

  • Dave Gordon
  • Leticia Kistamas
  • Julie Mahil

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award:

  • Talisa Bachek – GLOSS Esthetics
  • Cameron Bell – Farmer Cam’s Foods
  • Brandon Larkin – Nuk Barbershop by Brandon

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