Penticton’s Total Restoration was named business of the year at the 34th Penticton Chamber of Commerce business excellence gala Friday night, Nov. 19.
Over 200 people gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the city’s businesses community with what was the first indoor event in two years held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.
“This is a time to recognize the strength and endurance of businesses in Penticton,” said emcee Kyle Anderson, retired Penticton radio DJ.
The evening recognized flood victims across B.C. with people being asked to donate funds to help out.
Chamber president Jonathan ‘Tug’ McGraw said judges take five months to determine the finalists and winners of the business excellence awards.
The late LeAnne Jakubeit won the David Kampe legacy award.
Vickie Kampe, niece of the late David Kampe, presented the award to Jakubeit’s husband (and former mayor) Andrew Jakubeit, and LeAnne’s daughter Ronni Carlson.
LeAnne died of cancer one year ago this month.
A moving video on LeAnne’s life was shown to the audience, showing how the founder of the Grooveyard Records was a champion of young people, the arts and her community.
Starting up the record business located in the 300 block of Main Street, LeAnne took the leap as a single mom. She ‘adopted’ a homeless man Tony and hired young people who were socially shy, helping them build confidence and working skills through her kindness to all. She held grad fashion shows and concerts in her store and was a former Chamber director, connecting to the community in many ways.
HERE ARE THE WINNERS OF THE 2021 BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Business of the Year:
Business Leader of the Year:
Lee Agur of Bad Tattoo Brewery
Young Professional of the Year:
Hollie Tayah of Pure Air
Adaptation and Resilience:
Not for Profit:
New business 2 Years or Less:
Tin Whistle Brewing
Community Support Excellence:
Barry Beecroft Fuel Distributors
David Kampe Legacy Award: