In a special hybrid in-person and virtual event, the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 33rd annual Business Excellence Awards.
This year there were 126 businesses nominated for the awards, and 92 were recognized during the Fire and Ice socially distanced award ceremony on Oct. 3.
Finalists were spread out across multiple venues in Penticton, while some winners were awarded digitally.
The winners are:
Hospitality excellence – Travel Penticton
• Cannery Brewing
Service excellence – FortisBC
• ABK Restoration Services
Not-for-profit excellence – Omland Heal CPA
• Rotary Club of Penticton
Workplace culture excellence – SOICS
• Kojo Penticton
New business of the year – Valley First
• Kettle Valley Memorial
Growth and development excellence – BDO Canada LLP
• Jafa signs
Community support excellence – Grant Thornton LLP
• Penticton Speedway
Young professional of the year – JCI Penticton and Kettle Valley Memorial
• Colton Cheney – Prospera Credit Union
Business leader of the year – TD Canada Trust
• Paul Crawford – Penticton Art Gallery
Business of the year award – Business Development Bank of Canada
• Hoodoo Adventure Co.
The David Kampe Legacy Award – Peter Bros. Construction
The David Kampe Legacy Award honours and recognizes an individual who has contributed above and beyond to the community. The first award was presented in 2019 to the family of Bruce Johnson.
This year’s award was presented in memory of Neil Jamieson, who passed away on June 6, 2020.
Nominations for the awards opened on July 15 and closed on Aug. 18.
In addition to the livestreamed award ceremony, nominees and finalists were invited to enjoy their own in-person celebrations at restaurants across Penticton.
Keeping with COVID-19 regulations, nominees had designated tables to keep to their own social bubbles, with a dinner, drinks, and door prizes.
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