Emotions flow at biz awards
Chelsea Powrie - Oct 09, 2019 - Biz Releases

Photo: Wolf Borowski
Bruce Johnson’s family accepts the legacy award in Penticton on Saturday.

The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its 2019 Business Excellence Awards.

On Saturday, 108 nominees in 16 categories were recognized at the annual gala.

“If you attended as a nominee, it is because the Penticton community recognizes you as an amazing individual, organization or business and thought you were worthy of an Excellence Award,” chamber president Nicole Clark said.

The 2019 winners are:

  • Workplace Culture Excellence – Total Restoration Services
  • Most Valuable Employee – Jaquie Carbajal, NuVista Chiropractic and Wellness
  • Newsmaker of the Year – South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation
  • Innovation Excellence –Waycon Manufacturing Ltd.
  • Farm to Glass – Time Winery & Kitchen
  • Growth & Development — Landform Architecture Ltd.
  • Tourism Excellence – Ogopogo Tours

An emotional moment came when the David Kampe legacy award was announced. The family of Bruce Johnson, a well-known and much-loved local philanthropist and children’s advocate in the Penticton area who died of cancer in March of 2019, stood up to accept the award.

After wrapping up a successful awards ceremony, the chamber is now looking for nominations from members to let their name stand for election to replace a vacant board of directors position for the remainder of the 2019-20 term.

Applicants should have the ability to fill a time commitment of approximately 10 meetings per year. Chamber members in good standing (annual dues and other purchases are paid) are eligible to submit their name, which can be done by emailing [email protected]


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