Chamber Business Excellence Award Winners

This Tuesday October 24, 2017, 150 guests representing the business community of Fernie and its community leaders gathered at the Rusty Edge at Fernie Alpine Resort for the Fernie Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

The evening began with the opportunity to enjoy appetizers and socialize with others in attendance. As everyone was seated, guests were welcomed by MC Martin Brock, owner of Fernie Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Chamber Board Member, and speaches were given by title sponsors and Mayor Mary Giuliano. Once dinner was served, the audience enjoyed a presentation by Dan Pontefract, an author and speaker who specializes in employee engagement.

The event concluded with the anticipated awards! Congratulations to this year's winners, including the Fernie Fix Magazine's own Deb Harris!

Citizen of the Year – Jeri Mitchell

Volunteer of the Year – Deb Harris

Spirit of Fernie – Elk River Alliance

Community Tourism Achievement – Island Lake Lodge

Outstanding Customer Service Award – Nevados

New Business of the Year – Coal Town Goods

Entrepreneur of the Year – Ryan Doehle - Isosceles

Team of the Year – Tanglefoot Veterinary Clinic

Employer of the Year – Super 8 Fernie

Fernie Business of the Year – Three Sisters Day Spa

Chamber Business Excellence Award – Super 8 Fernie

Peoples’ Choice Award – Kettle Black Bartending

Community Leadership Award – Park Place Lodge

The Chamber Legacy Award was also awarded on Tuesday night. This award recipient is selected by the Chamber Board of Director to recognize individual(s), or business, who have made an impact on the community over a ten year or more period. This year the award was presented to Randy and Patti Cameron (Patti's Party Rentals) who have been operating businesses in Fernie for over 20 years and approach all projects and jobs with a can-do attitude. This couple is known for giving back to the community through volunteer hours and donation of services.

The Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the sponsors who made this event possible including: TruCut Ltd and CanAus Coal Ltd, Capasiti Consulting, Teck, Super 8 Fernie, ISL Engineering, East Kootenay Community Credit Union, Claris Media/Fernie Fix Magazine, Fernie Brewing Company, Freshies Coffee Co., Island Lake Lodge, Park Place Lodge, Rooftop Coffee Roasters, and Three Sisters Day Spa. And a huge thank-you to our award committee Marina Pauw, Cindy Pearson, and Lindsay Reynolds.