Sponsored by West Coast Home Hardware this award is given out annually to someone identified within the Community who defines Customer Service. Could be someone in the local coffee shop, at the fast food restaurant, or any restaurant for that matter. Simply let us know who rocks your world with superb customer service and we'll take it from there.
This award recognizes the businesses that have been long standing fixtures in the community. In business for more than five years the nominees are well known, are often modeled by newer businesses, and no doubt the ownership is very visible within the Community be it within Service Groups, on a Volunteer Role or simply lending a hand where need be.
Nominees are businesses that have made a marked commitment to improving the look and feel of their business with a substantial or complete renovation. Businesses that have made façade improvements without funding from the Façade Improvement Program are also eligible. We thank Mosaic Forest Management for supporting this award for many years.
A unique award that does not receive nominations from the wider public. Instead, the Chamber of Commerce staff/directors nominate people who are known to support the Chamber through the year. These could be people who participate in our Networking Events, Sponsor our Awards and other programs, Assist us with the Ambassadors or whatever else helps to keep the Chamber functioning at a high level. The Award is sponsored by Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot who themselves are very supportive of the Chamber of Commerce.
This prestigious award has been sponsored by Arrowsmith Rotary for many years. Nominations for this award are collected by the Chamber of Commerce Awards Committee and in turn forwarded over to the Sponsor for their input and eventual determination of the winner. Nominees for the award are persons who demonstrate a major commitment to the betterment of the community through participation in community events and activities and have gone the extra mile by inspiring others to serve our region.
The entire scope of any business is its ability to excel in Customer Service either through its business personality or through a combination of wonderful people at the front end. Best yet are businesses that showcase both. Our nominees should be the 'business' itself vs. an individual within the business. For the latter please consider nomination someone for the Ambassador of Service Award.
In our times of environmental focus our nominees have already set a clear policy on green initiatives and habits within their business operations. Management and Staff are all fully committed to this important element in today's society.
Here we salute the effort that our nominees have made in ensuring that the populace of the Alberni Valley is healthy and vibrant. We are looking for nominees who make it a habit to promote good health either via their work as a Health Practitioner, Dedicated Retailer or perhaps they're an individual who is committed to improving fitness and general well-being via an activity based commitment.
Nominees for this Business Award are considered newcomers to the area with 1 - 5 years of operation. During their short stay they have become a well known local brand and ownership along with key management are widely known throughout the community through their external habits of serving the community.
Nominees for the Social Media Award have a commitment to online marketing through platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and others. They post frequently and know how to leverage the power of the Social Media world. They'll use Hashtags to drive traffic where they want to see it go and they know how and when to 'tag' others for best results. Simply put; They get it.
This award is picked annually by the Chamber of Commerce recognizing an individual or business that goes beyond the expected in their everyday business.
This Award was initially set up to acknowledge those that contribute to the local music scene in Port Alberni. It has evolved into a wider scope so that we can include those who contribute to the many Events and Programs that occur throughout the year. Nominees can cover a wide range of the entertainment world in Port Alberni. See past winners for a range of potential examples.
As tourism continues to become a local focus in our area we are pleased to dedicate an annual award to a worthy recipient. Our nominees can come from a wide range of organizations including B&B's, Motel's, Fishing Charters, Restaurants, Lodges etc. In determining the eventual winner for this category we will review on-line reports and reviews to discover what others are saying about the business or organization.
An award that acknowledges the efforts of an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to the city through their own Visionary Scope.
Port Alberni is blessed with an abundance of nominees for this award. Every day these hidden heroes are volunteering, working joyfully while enriching our community in countless ways. Each year some stand out for their exceptional commitment and for the difference they make in their field of hobby.
This award is presented to an employer who recognizes the benefits of an inclusive workplace. The award winner is determined by the Sponsor of this Award.
This award recognizes the strength and commitment of local women in Port Alberni. We are thrilled to have Ms. Rabinder Dhillon Sponsor this award that was first acknowledged in 2018.
We are honoured to rebrand our Youth Award for 2020 and beyond to the GILLIAN TRUMPER YOUTH AWARD. We are also thrilled to welcome Ms. Pam Craig to our Sponsorship for this award. Pam joins former winner of the Youth Award - Mr. Jimmy Pelk as Co-Sponsor. Our nominees are young people under the age of 19 who have already become widely known names either within their school, church, sporting association or neighbourhood through volunteering and general good deeds.
The Alberni Valley Chamber gratefully acknowledges the financial and in kind support of each of its community partners. Special thanks to The San Group who have sponsored the event itself. We thank the local media for their collective ‘in kind’ support enabling us to get the word out for the betterment of the entire community.
Our other sponsors noted below are assisting us with the Music, Wine, Decorations, Flowers etc. We appreciate the collective support of everyone involved.
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The Annual Alberni Valley Community Excellence Awards are held in the spring each year. The Gala evening is a signature event in the Alberni Valley business community and is not to be missed. The 2019 Event is planned for Friday, April 26th at The Italian Hall - 4065 - 6th Avenue in Port Alberni
This event is sure to be our Biggest and Best one yet! Here are some of the details for your evening plans.
- Doors open at 5:30pm
- Dress code is Cruising with a LOVE BOAT THEME.
- Food Services provided by CHANCES RIM ROCK CASINO
- Event held at The Italian Hall & Events Centre
- Flowers by: Azalea Flowers (Sponsored by Alport Insurance)
- Photography by: Lyndon Cassell Photography (Sponsored by Alport Insurance)
- Wine by: Alberni Liquor Store
- Music by: Alberni Teens Can Rock (sponsored by the Blue Marlin INN)
- Title Sponsor - The San Group
- Gold Sponsor - Scotiabank
- Theme of the event is THE LOVE BOAT - Dress accordingly!
- Event Planning by: Pressed Event Services
- Emcee - Naomi Nicholson
- Awards by : West Coast Games - product supplied by The San Group
- Guest Speakers:
- Welcome by: Tseshaht First Nation
- Bill Collette - CEO Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce
- Tauren Seib - Chair Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce
- The San Group
- Ms. Sharie Minions - Mayor of Port Alberni
- Hon. Scott Fraser MLA Mid-Island Pacific Rim
- Mr. Gord Johns MP Courtenay/Alberni
- Crystal Knudsen - Scotiabank (will introduce Keynote Speaker)
- Anthony Everett - President / CEO - Tourism Vancouver Island
- Each Award will be presented by the Sponsor of the Award Category.
- Tickets available as of March 1/19 @ $90.00 each or $$695.00 per table of 8
- And our FINALISTS ARE: FOR 2019 - LISTED random order
Call or stop by our office to reserve your tickets today!
Ambassador of Service:
Kim White - Bare Bones Fish n Chips, Carli Rogers - Boomerangs' Cafe, ????? (this one not yet visited!)
Trends Design, Jowsey's Furniture, Bare Bones Fish n Chips
The Flooring Depot, Kingsway Hotel, Steampunk Cafe
GD Auto, Double R Meats, J & L Drive In
Social Root Consulting, Guy Langlois - PA Shelter Society, Earth, Land & Sea
Health Fitness/Wellness Award
Healthy Habits, Ariel Sharron, Nomi Samson
Rising Star Award
Power of Three, Burde Beans, Full of Beans Play Cafe
Social Media Award:
Live Love Laser Clinic, Cloud City, Twin City Brewery
Community Events Award
Five Acre Shaker, The Fall Fair, Funtastic Alberni
Youth of the Year Award
Sarah Higginson, Jayson Matthews, Lihn Tran, Emily West, Memphis Dick
Tourism and Hospitality Award
Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel, Arrowvale Campground, Pacific Seaplanes
Women Leadership Award
Terry Deakin, Sarah Jones, Louise Pearson
Volunteer of the Year
Foster Coulson - Coulson Ice Blast
Citizen of the year