Community Excellence Awards 2019

Ambassador of Service Award

Award Winner

2019 Winner - Kim White - Bare Bones Fish n Chips
2018 Winner - Ms. Shauna Jasken - Gone Fishin'
2017 Winner - Ms. Terri Buse - Little Bavaria

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.

Business Excellence

Award Winner

2019 Winner - Jowsey's Furniture
2018 Winner Naesgaard's Farm Market
2017 Winner - Port Boat House
2016 Winner - Hertel Meats

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.

Business Investment

Award Winner

2019 Winner - The Flooring Depot
2018 Winner - EM Salon and Spa
2017 Winner - The Blue Marlin Inn
2016 Winner - Mahoe Properties,

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.

Chamber Award

Award Winner

2019 Winner - Debbie Haggard
2018 Winner - Sonja Drinkwater
2017 Winner - Houle Printing
2016 Winner - Boomerangs,

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.

Citizen of the Year

Award Winner

2019 Winner - Sally Anderson
2018 Winner - Dewayne Parfitt
2017 Winner - Jeff Cook
2016 Winner - Patty Edwards

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.

Customer Service

Award Winner

2019 Winner - Double R Meats
2018 - Pacific Rim Veterinary Hospital
2017 Winner - KAL Tire
2016 Winner - Alberni District Co-op

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.

Green Award

Award Winner

2019 Winner - Guy Langlois - PA Shelter Society
2018 Winner - Alberni Aquarium
2017 Winner - Port Posh Wash
2016 Winner - Desja Walker - Haven Living,

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.

Health and Wellness

Award Winner

2019 Winner - Healthy Habits
2018 Winner - Ahminsa Yoga - Jan Norma
2017 Winner - Sarah Thomas
2016 Winner - Alberni Valley Hospice 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.

Rising Star

Award Winner

2019 Winner - The Power of Three
2018 Winner - Twin City Brewery
2017 Winner - Totem Tree Service
2016 Winner - Vancouver Island Limousine,

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.

Social Media

Award Winner

2019 Winner - Cloud City
2018 Winner - Electron Metalworks
2017 Winner - Trends Hair Design
2016 Winner - Tasha Potter - Great Central Social Co.,

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.

Special Recognition

Award Winner

2019 Winner - Kevin Wright - Steampunk Cafe
2018 Winner - Rick Geddes
2017 Winner - Westcoast Home Hardware
2016 Winner - Pot Luck Ceramics,

This award is picked annually by the Chamber of Commerce recognizing an individual or business that goes beyond the expected in their everyday business.

Community Events Award

Award Winner

2019 Winner - Five Acre Shaker
2018 Winner - Char's Landing
2017 Winner - Portal Players
2016 Winner - Ms. Pat Miller - Timbre! Choir,

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.

Tourism and Hospitality

Award Winner

2019 Winner - Arrowvale Campground
2018 Winner - China Creek Campground
2017 Winner - Alberni Valley Drag Racing Assn
2016 Winner - Blain & Patricia Pouliott - West Coast Edge ATV,

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.

Visionary Award

Award Winner

2019 Winner - Foster Coulson - The Coulson Group
2018 - 100 Women who Care
2017 Winner - Don Ferster
2016 Winner - Stacey Gaiga,

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.

Volunteer of the Year

Award Winner

2019 - Winner - Marilyn Gibson
2018 Winner - David Wiwchar
2017 Winner - Meals on Wheels
2016 - Winner - The ATTIC,

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.

Inclusive Employer Award

Award Winner

2019 Winner - Handy Andy
2018 Winner - Azalea Flowers and Gifts
2017 Winner - Breakers Marine
2016 Winner - The Starboard Grill,

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.

Women of Influence Award

Award Winner

2019 Winner - Terry Deakin - INEO Employment
2018 Winner - Naomi Nicholson - Secluded Wellness

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.

Gillian Trumper Youth Award

Award Winner

2018 Winners - Malaika Stone, Aaron Badovinic, Laurel Davidson, Brandi Andreeff
2017 Winners - Ethan Jack, Jenna West, Samuel Tsai
2016 Winner(s) Mr. Oliver Witham, Ms. Kayla Caddy, Ms. Theresa Gingras,
2019 Winner(s) Ms. Linh Tran, Ms. Sarah Higginson, Ms. Jayson Matthews, Ms. Emily West, Ms. Memphis Dick

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!)

Business Excellence:

Trends Design, Jowsey's Furniture, Bare Bones Fish n Chips

Business Investment:

The Flooring Depot, Kingsway Hotel, Steampunk Cafe

Customer Service:

GD Auto, Double R Meats, J & L Drive In

Green Award:

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

Chamber Award:

Deb Haggard

Welcoming Workplace

Handy Andy

Volunteer of the Year

Marilyn Gibson

Special Recognition

Steampunk Cafe

Visionary Award

Foster Coulson - Coulson Ice Blast

Citizen of the year

Sally Anderson