Winners in thirteen categories had their moment in the spotlight Saturday at the 2015 Business Excellence Awards hosted by the Terrace & District Chamber of Commerce.
Held in the banquet hall of the Terrace Sportsplex this year, which was a change from last year’s venue at the Best Western, the event featured wine, gourmet buffet spread, and even a performance by comedy-ventriloquist act The Norma McKnight Show.
“Overall we are very pleased with how the gala went,” said chamber executive director Erika Magnuson-Ford. “We made a lot of major changes and they seemed to be very well received.”
Community Booster Award: Sasa Loggin of Skeena Diversity Society (Runners up: Back Country Horsemen of BC and Jeanette Anderson)
Company of the year: The Puckered Pig Mobile Bistro (Runners up: Hawkair, Misty River Books)
Contributor to the Arts: Robin MacLeod, organizer of high school musicals at Caledonia (Runners up: Terrace Public Library and Kelsey Wiebe, curator of the Heritage Park Museum)
Customer Service: Chill Soda Shop Terrace (Runners up: Rick & Michelle Williams of Beyond Burgers and Carrie Olson of the Staples Copy Centre)
Employee of the Year: Christian Theberge of Shames Mountain (Runners up: Jocelyn Lebell of Hawkair and Shelley Houston from My Fitness Centre)
Executive of the Year: Brian Gascon, owner of Terrace’s Canadian Tire (Runners up: Jay Dilley of Hawkair and Marilyn Lissimore of TDCSS)
Home-Based Business: Blunt Hair Studio (Runners up: In Bloom Spa and Sovereign Caskets)
Newsmaker of the Year: Northwest Regional Airport (Runners up: Briana Greer of Terrace Scouts and Northwest Communtity College)
Renovation of the Year: Sherwood Mountain Brewhouse (Runners up: Blue Fin Sushi Bar and Timber Mart-Irly Bird)
Rookie of the Year: Puckered Pig Mobile Bistro (Runners up: Butter Salon and Xanders Coffee)
Tourism Excellence: My Recreational Mountain Co-Op (Runners up: Kermodei Tourism Society and Gemma’s Boutique)
Volunteer of the Year: Blain Kluss (Runners up: Dave McNeice and Anna da Silva)
Chamber’s Choice Award: Northern Savings Credit Union