Invited guests enjoyed lunch and posed with Santa at the nominee luncheon. (Joti Grewal/The NEWS)

PHOTOS: Chamber recognizes best in business nominees at Christmas luncheon

Winners will be awarded at annual gala in February

Local businesses were recognized by the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday at the Business Excellence Awards Nominees and Christmas Luncheon.

Al Hogarth, chamber president, said the luncheon for nominees is a way to show local businesses they are appreciated.

“There was a great deal of nominations this year, which is really enlightening,” he said.

Organizations are nominated by members of the public for their excellent service.

“A lot of these local, smaller businesses contribute a great deal to… both of the municipalities… I think it’s only fair to recognize them for everything that they do,” he said.

Hogarth said the non-profit “celebrates all businesses,” and organizations aren’t required to be chamber members.

“It shows there are people out there that care about local business,” he said.

Guests were welcomed and led through the afternoon event at the Pitt Meadows Golf Club by Flori Chaykowski, executive director.

Nominees were recognized in seven categories: small business of the year, non-profit of the year, community spirit of the year, medium business of the year, large business of the year, business leader of the year and under 40 professional of the year.

READ MORE: Outgoing president proud of Chamber’s business advocacy

During the event people had an opportunity to visit with Santa, purchase 50/50 tickets, and bid on items donated by community business owners.

“The silent auction and any donations that come in – as a non-profit, the Chamber of Commerce – they go to support our Lunch and Learns, or events that we put on, and advocacy… for the chamber members,” explained Chaykowski.

The 50/50 draw raised more than expected, when the owner of the winning ticket, MLA Bob D’Eith, donated his prize to the chamber.

Winners will be announced at the Business Excellence Awards Gala on Feb. 1.

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SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (1-10)

Westridge Drycleaners

M.S. Kahn Business Services Ltd.

Iron Spear Information Security

Fuller Landscaping

Coast Dog Aviation

Albion Tire 2000

Yorkshire Fence & Decks

T’s Once Upon a Tea Leaf

Ryan Heating & Air Conditioning

Haney Marine Sales & Services

Accent Glass

Sugar N Spice

Downes Automotive

Speed Pro Signs

Silver Valley Brewing

Coast Dental Dr. Ron Brar

Lash Freak

Western Shrink Wrap

Unified Training Centre

Phoenix Architectural Millwork

Fuller Watson

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MEDIUM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (11-20)

Pacific Star Electric

Omega Environmental Drilling

Maclean Bros Drywall

Brownies Chicken & Seafood

Intex Maintenance Solutions (Intex Janitorial / Sparkle)

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LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (21+)

Wildplay Maple Ridge

Partap Forest Products

Pitt Meadows Plumbing

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Chances Maple Ridge

Haney Builders

Home Restaurant

Pitt Meadows Golf Club

Westminster Savings

Lakeside Caterers

Triple Tree Nursery

Bergthorson Academy

Humble Roots

The Wesbrooke (Casa Living)

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NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR

Ridge Meadows Hospice Society

Meadow Montessori School

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley

North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association

posAbilities of British Columbia

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BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR

Brenda Jenkins – MacDonald Realty

Dawn Bickle – Lift Skin Health & Laser

Cheri Hamm – The Place to Mortgage

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COMMUNITY SPIRIT OF THE YEAR

Bryn Peck – Meridian Meats

Ariane Jaschke – Capture Studio

Nicky Tu – Kidsport

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UNDER 40 PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Inder Bring – Golden Ears Physiotherapy

Karl Lundgren – KJL Ventures

Jhan Tamminga – IG Wealth Management


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