Each year the Summerland Chamber of Commerce holds its Business and Community Awards Gala, celebrating individuals and businesses who have contributed to the fabric and growth of our community. Their entrepreneurial spirit, leadership and best business practices are to be commended.

    With fifteen separate categories, including Best Business and Citizen of the Year, the Summerland Chamber of Commerce seeks to recognize those who have helped move our community and economic vision forward. 

    The 79th awards was held at Centre Stage on March 11, 2017 at an "Oscar style" gala evening with three new awards celebrating the arts, employees, and agri-business. 

    Attendees at the Gala Awards ceremony on March 11, 2017 enjoyed:

    Swinging Jazz from Allan Crossley on keys, Stefan Bienz on bass, and Larry Crawford on horns

    Amazing performances by Kinshira's glow dancers, contact juggling and acrobats

    Sipping our signature cocktail, Summerland Sunset, sponsored and crafted by Okanagan Crush Pad using their Narrative Small Batch Distilled Spirits and Maple Roch Pure Canadian Syrup.

    Savouring delicious, fresh bites from Union Kitchen Inc., who lovingly creating the appies and dessert for our reception sponsored by Grasslands Nursery & Garden Supplies

    - Bidding on some great activities, events, and goodies at our live and silent auctions

    Marveling at the sparkling decorations donated by Impressions Weddings & Events, and the beautiful greenery provided by our decor sponsor Grasslands Nursery & Garden Supplies.

    Fun snacks and dessert sponsored by the Kettle Valley Steam Railway.

    Refreshing local wine and beer at the cash bar, sponsored by Maple Roch, with wines from Sumac Ridge Estate Winery and beer from The Cannery.

  • Award winners pose for a photo at the Business & Community Award Ceremony on March 11, 2017.

  • Nominees take a group photo at the Award Nominee reception on February 11, 2017.

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  • Award silent auction prizes

    Todd Laidlaw, owner of True grain Bread Summerland, accepts the 2016 Business of the year Award.

  • To see a list of 2016 award winners and nominees click here.

  • AwardS

    Business of the Year Award sponsored by the Summerland Credit Union

    The economic health of Summerland is dependent upon the entrepreneurial spirit of our business community. This award recognizes an exceptional Summerland business whose commitment to overall best business practice, customer service, employee relations, superior marketing and social media strategies, and positive public image leads the way and sets an example within our business community. This business is a well respected leader in our community.

    Winner - True Grain Bread Summerland


    8th Generation Vineyards
    ABK Restoration Services Ltd.
    BeadTrails Experience
    Deputy Diesel Performance
    Grasslands Nursery and Garden Supplies  
    IGA Summerland
    Maple Roch Pure Canadian Maple Syrup
    SIS Roofing and Exteriors
    Tones Hair Design
    True Grain Bread Summerland


    Rising Star Award sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

    This award recognizes a business that has been operating for less than two years. The business has demonstrated strong potential via growth, innovation, and leadership during the first years of operation. Additionally, the business has demonstrated a culture of risk-taking and trailblazing and has positioned itself to achieve similar successes in the future.

    Winner - Main Street Yoga


    Back Door Winery
    Canines & Co. Okanagan Dog Obedience School 
    Carl’s Flower Company
    Dominion Cider Co.
    Eyes 4 You
    Golden Wrench Contracting
    Main Street Yoga
    Nailed It! Projects
    Ogopogo Valley Tours
    Synergy Home Inspections


    Sustainability Leader Award sponsored by SummerGate Winery 

    The Sustainability Leader Award recognizes any business that operates in an environmentally responsible manner and/or produces a product that reduces natural resource consumption, supports local community and supports the local economy. This award celebrates excellence in green practice, strategy and products, seeking out the most innovative, ambitious and effective initiatives by Summerland businesses for achieving environmental sustainability, and implementing smart business practice.

    Winner - Okanagan Crush Pad Winery


    8th Generation Vineyards
    Grasslands Nursery and Garden Supplies
    Hunter's Hill Holdings Ltd.
    Okanagan Crush Pad Winery


    Technology and Innovation sponsored by Accelerate Okanagan

    This award will be given to a business that has used science and/or technology to create a business concept that is new or unique, or has applied innovative improvements to existing processes, products, or services that enhance their business. 

    Winner - ET2media


    ElectroMotion Energy
    Salubrious Seeds


    Award for Excellence in Agriculture sponsored by Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive Winery Association 

    This award will be presented to any business, including farms, that has made outstanding contributions to the advancement and or the promotion of the agricultural industry/Summerland's agricultural reputation.

    Winner - It's a Tie: LocalMotive Organic Delivery & Okanagan Crush Pad
    and What the Fungus


    Brarstar Orchards
    LocalMotive Organic Delivery
    LocalMotive Organic Delivery & Okanagan Crush Pad
    What the Fungus


    Professional Services Excellence Award sponsored by Brown Benefits

    The Professional Services Excellence Award recognizes a professional in the community who has provided superior professional services to a client or customer. This company or business owner has exceeded the expectations of their clients. The professional represents a diverse group of Summerland businesses and can be defined as someone who has received specific training and specializes in a particular field.

    Winner - Summerland Credit Union


    ABK Restoration Services Ltd.
    Avery Law Office
    Beauty & the Brit
    Beauty Box Studio Inc.
    Lakeshore Fitness + Health
    Morpheus Graphix
    Patrick Murphy – RE/MAX Orchard Country
    Providence Funeral Homes Summerland
    Terry Sedawie – RBC Royal Bank
    Spokes Clinical Naturopathy
    Mike Stohler – RE/MAX Orchard Country
    Summerland Family Chiropractic
    Summerland Credit Union


    Trade Services Excellence Award sponsored by Alder Street Auto Body

    The Trade Services Excellence Award recognizes a tradesperson in the community who has provided superior trades services to a client or customer. This company or business owner has exceeded the expectations of their clients.

    Winner - Integra Tire Auto Centre


    Deputy Diesel Performance
    Integra Tire Auto Centre
    Selles Roofing Co.
    SIS Roofing and Exteriors
    Verity Electrical Contracting 


    Manufacturing/Industrial Excellence Award sponsored by Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen

    The Manufacturing/Industrial Excellence Award is presented to a business that has strengthened the economic base of Summerland through development, manufacturing or fabrication of a product. Innovation, growth and sustainability are attributes this business demonstrates.

    Winner - Backyard Beans Coffee


    Backyard Beans Coffee
    Maple Roch Pure Canadian Maple Syrup


    Young Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by IGA Summerland

    The Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes a Summerland resident who is 40 years or younger and has shown an entrepreneurial spirit in their dedication and commitment to our community through their interest in business, leadership, peer mentoring and personal achievement.

    Winner - Kari Harding, Rock Star District


    Corinne Inman - Morpheus Graphix
    Kari Harding - Rock Star District
    Huan Pham - Lakeshore Fitness + Health
    Mark Sherriff - Deputy Diesel Performance


    Tourism and Hospitality Excellence Award sponsored by Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

    An individual, business or organization that has promoted Summerland as a tourist destination and that promotion has led to a positive impact on the economic health of our community. This award winner works well with others in the industry and shows leadership by the use of cross-promotions and innovative marketing strategies.

    Winner - Zias Stonehouse Restaurant


    8th Generation Vineyards
    BeadTrails Experience
    La Punta Norte Guest House
    Local Lounge • Grille
    Saxon Estate Winery
    Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa
    Zias Stonehouse Restaurant


    Retail Excellence Award sponsored by the Summerland Review

    Skilled retailing requires an attention for detail in aesthetics, atmosphere, location and merchandise. The Retailing Excellence Award recognizes a retailer who has been proactive to changing market trends, embraced new technology or ideas and has combined skilled marketing with good selling practices. This retailer is a leader in the merchant community. Strong relationships with employees and customers are essential.

    Winner - IGA Summerland


    Cherry Tree Quilts
    IGA Summerland
    Pharmasave Summerland
    Rock Star District
    The Peach Pitt of Summerland
    SASS Boutique


    Community Awards

    Award for Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by RE/MAX Orchard Country.

    This award will be given to an employee who demonstrates a high standard of customer service in one or all of the following: customer relations, anticipating and meeting customer needs, providing outstanding service, and exceeding expectations.

    Winner - Johanne Roy – Nesters Market Summerland


    Laura Avdich & Norma Bradley  - Summerland Credit Union
    Hedy Chen - Hagen’s Travel & Cruises
    Sam Cheveldave – Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa
    Tara Hollas – Summerland Food Bank & Resource Centre
    Retha Marsden - Edward Jones (beside Nesters)
    Johanne Roy – Nesters Market Summerland


    The Arts Award sponsored by the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa

    Nominees in this category may include an individual, a business,  group, organization or a particular event that contributes to a vibrant community by celebrating arts, culture and/or heritage.

    Winner - Maureen King


    Maureen King
    Susan Scott
    Sophia Zang
    Marginal Arts Festival 


    Citizen/Volunteer of the Year Award sponsored by Nesters Market

    The Citizen/Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes a Summerland individual who has demonstrated exemplary dedication to the people of Summerland and who inspires others by their volunteer commitment to the community. This community leader is motivated by their desire to support Summerland and gives freely of their time, talents and energy in local organizations, festivals and special projects.‚Äč

    Winner - Grant Stone


    Doug Holmes
    Nic and Shei Seaton
    Grant Stone
    Mary Trainer


    The Mayor's Award of Excellence

    Given at the discretion of the Mayor, the Mayor's Award of Excellence honors an organization in our community whose overall contribution to the community has been outstanding.

    The Mayor's Award was presented to the Kettle Valley Steam Railway Society during the Awards Gala ceremony on March 11th.