PHOTOS: A look at the winners of the 2019 Business Excellence Awards in Penticton

Total Restoration Services won the Workplace Culture Excellence award at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The award was sponsored by the South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services. The event was sponsored by McPhail Kilt Makers and hosted at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Jacquie Carbajal (right), with NuVista Chiropractic and Wellness, won the Most Valuable Employee award at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The award was sponsored by the Downtown Penticton Association. The event was sponsored by McPhail Kilt Makers and hosted at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
The South Okanagan Similkameen (SOS) Medical Foundation won the Newsmaker of the Year award at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The award was sponsored by Penticton Toyota. The event was sponsored by McPhail Kilt Makers and hosted at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Waycon Manufacturing Ltd. won the Innovation Excellence award at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The award was sponsored by BDO Canada LLP. The event was sponsored by McPhail Kilt Makers and hosted at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
TIME Winery & Kitchen won the Farm to Glass award at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The award was sponsored by Parker’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep FIAT. The event was sponsored by McPhail Kilt Makers and hosted at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Landform Architecture Ltd. won the Growth & Development award at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The award was sponsored by the K’ul Management Group. The event was sponsored by McPhail Kilt Makers and hosted at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Ogopogo Tours won the Tourism Excellence award at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The award was sponsored by Travel Penticton. The event was sponsored by McPhail Kilt Makers and hosted at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Vickie Kampe, niece of the late-David Kampe, stands on stage with her daughter as she prepares to present the new David Kampe Legacy Award at the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards on Oct. 5. The evening was hosted by Dale Corey. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
The family of the late-Bruce Johnson accepted the new David Kampe Legacy Award on his behalf at the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards on Oct. 5. The award “recognizes a long-standing Penticton resident for their long-term commitment to economic growth and community investment in the South Okanagan region” and is sponsored by Kampe’s former company, Peter Brothers Construction. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
The family of the late-Bruce Johnson deliver a tearful thank-you as they accept the David Kampe Legacy Award on his behalf at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards on Oct. 25. Johnson was known in the community for his volunteer work, service on multiple boards and his lengthy career as an educator. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
The South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) won the Non-Profit Organization of the Year award at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The award was sponsored by Total Restoration Services. The event was sponsored by McPhail Kilt Makers and hosted at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Cascades Casino won the Community Impact award at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The award was sponsored by Grant Thornton LLP. The event was sponsored by McPhail Kilt Makers and hosted at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Barb Hooleff won the Community Volunteer of the Year award at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The award was sponsored by ABK Restoration Services. The event was sponsored by McPhail Kilt Makers and hosted at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
NetDNA.io won the New Business award at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The award was sponsored by Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union. The event was sponsored by McPhail Kilt Makers and hosted at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
McPhail Kilt Makers won the Customer Service Excellence award at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The award was sponsored by Fortis BC. The event was also sponsored by McPhail Kilt Makers and hosted at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Omland Heal Chartered Professional Accountatns won the Professional Services Business of the Year award at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The award was sponsored by the GreyBack Construction. The event was sponsored by McPhail Kilt Makers and hosted at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Lyndie Hill, with Hoodoo Adventures Co., won the Young Business Leader of the Year award at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The award was sponsored by JCI Penticton & Kettle Valley Memorial. The event was sponsored by McPhail Kilt Makers and hosted at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Chris Garwah, with NuVista Chiropractic and Wellness won the Business Leader of the Year award at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The award was sponsored by TD Canada Trust, Small Business Banking. The event was sponsored by McPhail Kilt Makers and hosted at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
RPR Heating & Air Conditioning won the Business of the Year award at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards presented by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The award was sponsored by the Minuteman Press. The event was sponsored by McPhail Kilt Makers and hosted at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

On Saturday night, the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and the city’s residents came together to celebrate Penticton’s best businesses, organizations and employees.

The 32nd annual Business Excellence Awards took place on Oct. 5 at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and were sponsored by Penticton’s McPhail Kilt Makers & Highland Outfitters. The theme of the evening was “mad about plaid” and attendees did not disappoint, with many donning traditional kilts or other plaid-printed formal-wear.

READ MORE: Nominees announced for 2019 Business Excellence Awards

Awards for 16 categories were distributed that evening, and although not everyone could be a winner in their nominated category, chamber president Nicole Clarke said, “If you attended as a nominee, it is because the Penticton community recognizes you as an amazing individual, organization or business and thought you were worthy of an Excellence Award.”

When the nominations were announced, the chamber said it had received 108 entries. Aside from the community impact award, all winners were chosen by a panel of business professionals and community leaders that must follow an in-depth judging process with clearly defined parameters.

Residents were allowed to have their say in the community impact award, with online voting opening on the chamber’s website from Sept. 1 to Oct. 1.

New this year, the David Kampe Legacy Award was unveiled that evening to honour the late philanthropist and his dedication and commitment to community improvement. The award “recognizes a long-standing Penticton and area resident for their long-term commitment to economic growth and community investment in the South Okanagan region” and is sponsored through Kampe’s former company, Peter Brothers Construction.

The David Kampe Legacy Award was presented by David’s niece, Vickie Kampe, and her daughter, to the family of Bruce Johnson in honour of his efforts in the community throughout his life.

Johnson had years of volunteer work under his belt, sat on numerous boards and committees and held a 34-year career in the education field as a teacher and then principal.

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Jordyn Thomson | Reporter
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