Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce executive director Nicole Clark, left, and Tracy Van Raes, manager of marketing and community relations at Total Restoration Services, the title sponsor for this year’s Business Excellence Awards at the announcement for the finalists. (Penticton Western News)

Finalists announced for 2020 Penticton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

The award ceremeony will be streamed on Oct. 3.

In a digital stream, the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce announced this year’s finalists for the 33rd annual Business Excellence Awards.

This year there were 126 businesses nominated for the awards, and 92 will be recognized during a socially distanced award ceremony on Oct. 3.

“There has never been a more critical time to celebrate the successes of local businesses, non-profits, and our business leaders,” said Tracy Van Raes, manager of marketing and community relations at Total Restoration Services, the title sponsor this year.

Three finalists for each of the 10 categories were announced on Sept. 15.

Hospitality excellence – Travel Penticton

  • Cannery Brewing
  • Hoodoo Adventure Co.
  • Something Blue Photography

Service excellence – Fortis BC

  • ABK Restoration Services
  • Dragon’s Den
  • Pure Gym and Juicery

Not-for-profit excellence – Omland Heal CPA

  • Penticton and District Arts Council
  • Rotary Club of Penticton
  • South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS)

Workplace culture excellence – SOICS

  • Ask Wellness Society
  • Kojo
  • Safeway

New business of the year – Valley First

  • Graphically Hip
  • Nautical Dog Cafe
  • Kettle Valley Memorial

Growth and development excellence – BDO Canada LLP

  • Jafa signs
  • Maple Leaf Spirits
  • McPhail Kilt Makers

Young professional of the year – JCI Penticton and Kettle Valley Memorial

  • Colton Cheney – Prospera Credit Union
  • Jasmine Aantjes – Castanet
  • Kevin Smith – Kettle Valley Memorial

Business leader of the year – TD Canada Trust

  • Kirk Chamberlain – Chamberlain Property Group
  • Paul Crawford – Penticton Art Gallery
  • David Prystay – Lakeside Resort

Community support excellence – Grant Thornton LLP

  • Castanet
  • Speedway
  • Bench Marketplace

Business of the year award – Business Development Bank of Canada

  • Betts Electric
  • Hoodoo Adventure Co.
  • Total Restoration

READ MORE: Nominations open for Penticton’s Business Excellence Awards

Nominations opened on July 15 and closed on Aug. 18.

Due to COVID-19, the award ceremony this year will be different than usual. The hybrid Fire and Ice celebration will be a combination of a digital and live event.

In addition to the livestreamed award ceremony, nominees and finalists are invited to enjoy their own in-person celebrations at restaurants across Penticton.

Keeping with COVID-19 regulations, nominees will have designated tables to keep to their own social bubbles, with a dinner, drinks, and door prizes.

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