Business Excellence Awards 2014

October 23rd, 2014 – The 16th Annual Business Awards held at the Copper Point Resort was an evening of celebrating success, achievement and excellence. The Radium Hot Springs and Columbia Valley Chamber’s of Commerce partnered for the 4th year to celebrate business demonstrating just a few of the individuals and businesses that make our communities excellent places to live, play and work.

There has always been a general theme and message that when we work together we can create something better than we can when we work individually but this year the message was emphasized throughout the event. The award was the result of an unexpected collaboration between two competing artists, photographers Kyla Brown and Kimberly Rae Sanderson and the result was nothing short of spectacular. The inspiring piece wasn’t anything that one might expect from two successful photographers. They describe it best:

2014 AwardThis piece tells a story of just what is possible when creative minds join together to inspire and nourish one vision. It is a symbol for our community of connection and growth. It is a reflection not only of our valley and the luminous people and businesses that thrive here, but of ourselves and the infinite depth that we each have to offer. It is our hope that in our willingness to be open and vulnerable to our gifts and our strengths, a shared recognition will embrace our community…encouraging a celebration of one another and igniting a revolution of co-creation.

It is in the joining of forces, talents and visions that anything is possible.

– Columbia Valley Business Excellence Awards –

Kimberley Rae Sanderson Photography & Kyla Brown Photography, 2014

“When I asked the artists if they would be willing to work together neither one of them hesitated, they both agreed and were excited by the prospect. I believe that when people can put aside their own individual agendas and share a common goal that is bigger than themselves they create something quite amazing and unexpected and this collaboration demonstrates that belief,” said Susan Clovechok. “Imagine if we could work this same way as a community.”

And the winners of these beautiful awards (pieces of art) are:

Award
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Qualifying organizations: Accounting, Law, Medicine, Alternative Health Care, Dentistry, Engineering, Surveying, Insurance, Financial. Criteria: professional organization providing exemplary service to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large and considered to be an outstanding employer. Lambert Insurance Agencies Ltd.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE Qualifying organizations: Restaurants and Caterers. Criteria: organization providing exemplary service to their clientele and outstanding food, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Rocky River Grill
TOURISM / HOSPITALITY Qualifying organizations: Resorts, Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, RV Parks /Campgrounds, Golf Courses, Recreational Facilities, Adventure Tourism Companies. Criteria: tourism based organization providing exemplary service to their clientele, recognized for their marketing of the Columbia Valley in relationship to their product/service, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Fairmont Creek Property Management
RETAILER OF THE YEAR Qualifying organizations: All retail shops in the Columbia Valley. Criteria: A retail organization providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Inside Edge Boutique & Sport
TRADE SERVICES Qualifying organizations/individuals: Professional company / contractor and/or tradesperson. Criteria: Organization or individual providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, who takes pride in their work and has a reputation for being honest and ethical. Dusk Building Systems Ltd.
SMALL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE  – (1 – 10 Employees) Qualifying organizations: All businesses with less than 10 Employees Criteria: organization providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Arrowhead Brewing Company
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE –  10+ Employees   Qualifying organizations: All businesses with more than 10 Employees. Criteria: Organization providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Invermere Hardware & Building Supplies Co. Ltd.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Qualifying Individual: An individual who has been employed by their current employer for a minimum of 2 years. Criteria: An employee who is personable, respectful, strives for excellent customer service, is friendly and courteous to both customers and staff. Beth Young
NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR Qualifying organizations: All Not For Profit Organizations serving the Columbia Valley. Criteria: A society or association recognized as socially responsible, well managed, with measurable results benefitting the community. Family Resource Centre
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (Less than 35 years of age) Qualifying Individual: Business Owner under the age of 35. Criteria: Individual who is an owner or part owner of a well-run company and has a personal reputation for honesty, integrity, and actively demonstrates their commitment to the community through involvement and leadership. Kimberly Rae Sanderson
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR Qualifying individual: Business Owner or member of an organization’s senior management team.Criteria: Individual owns and/or operates a well run organization and has a personal reputation for honesty, integrity, and actively demonstrates their commitment to the community through the involvement and leadership. Michael Anderson
NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Qualifying organizations: In business for at least 1 year and less than  5 years. Criteria:  Organization providing exemplary products and services to their clientele, recognized as an organization which is involved in the community at large, and deemed to be an outstanding employer. Arrowhead Brewing Company
FAMILY FRIENDLY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Qualifying organizations: All businesses in the Columbia Valley. Criteria: A Business that has human resource policies and procedures to support a family friendly workplace. The staff are welcoming and offer assistance to families. The premises is safe, accommodating and has an accessible environment that supports a family friendly experience. Black Star Studios

 Thank you to all our generous sponsors!

We couldn’t have done it without you!

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