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. The 79th awards will be 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. Get your tickets for this fun, celebratory event now by calling  250-494-2686.


  • Nominees take a group photo at the 2017 Award Nominee reception
  • Nominees take a group photo at the 2017 Award Nominee reception

  • KEY DATES 2017

    • January 5th to February 1stNominations open.
    • February 10th: Nominees Reception at the Arena Banquet Room from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  This is a free community event to congratulate all the nominees. 
    • February 14th to 27th: Voting open.
    • March 11th: The awards will be given out at the Gala event. Tickets are available through the Chamber office.

    Voting is now open for the 79th annual Business & Community Excellence Awards.

    If you are a member of the Summerland Chamber of Commerce you may vote in all 14 categories. Vote online. Request a form.

    If you are a community member you may vote for the three Community Awards: Award for Excellence in Customer Service, the Arts Award, and Citizen/Volunteer of the Year Award. Vote online. Request a form.

    For details on the nominees please click here.


  • Award winners pose for a photo at the 2016 Business & Community Award Ceremony.

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

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  • Award silent auction prizes

    Here is a list of some of the amazing gifts on offer for our Silent and Live auctions at the Awards Gala on March 11. Get your tickets for the ceremony now to be able to bid!

  • 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.


    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.


    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.


    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. 


    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.


    Brarstar Orchards
    LocalMotive Organic Delivery
    LocalMotive Organic Delivery & Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
    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.


    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.


    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.


    Backyard Beans Coffee Roasting
    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

    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.

    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

    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 will also be presented during the Awards Gala ceremony on March 11th.