Annual Community Awards


Congratulations to all the nominees, finalists and recipients!

Business Leadership Award 

Sponsored by First Credit Union & Insurance

Dale Roberts (T. Dale Roberts Notary Public) - Recipient - Congratulations Dale!

Karen Mckinnon (
McKinnon Photography) - Finalist
Sandra Viney (Atlas Café) - Finalist
Jonny Mac (
Comox Valley Boxing Club)
Sue Finneron (Finneron Hyundai)


Business of the Year Award

Sponsored by MNP LLP

Atlas Café - Recipient - Congratulations Atlas Cafe

Fix Auto - Finalist
Van Isle Veterinary Hospital - Finalist
Comox Valley Seniors Village - Casa Loma
Cumberland Brewing Company
ILS Learning Corp
Ocean View Enterprises Ltd.
Westview Ford


Citizen of the Year (Lifetime Achievement)

Sponsored by Canadian Tire

Kenny Shaw
Keith Tatton - Recipient - Congratulations Keith!


Customer Service Award
Sponsored by Robbins & Company

Greg Saunders (Parker Marine) - Recipient - Congratulations Greg

Karen Webber (
The Waverley Hotel) - Finalist
Sheryl Alexander (Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community) - Finalist

Emma Greene (
Emma Greene Hair)

Karen McKinnon (McKinnon Photography)
Krista Smith (
Presley & Partners)
Marc Gagnon (Westview Ford)
Mattias Gottman (Progressive Systems)

Family First Award (formerly Employee's Choice) 
Sponsored by the Comox Valley Child Development Association

Cinnamon Salon

Robbins & Company - Recipient - Congratulations Robbins & Co!

Food and Farm Business Award
Sponsored by Local's Restaurant

Pattison Farms
Blue Moon Winery

40 Knots Winery & Estate Vineyard - Recipient - Congratulations 40 Knots!


New Business of the Year 
Sponsored by Presley & Partners


StrongHearts Fitness: School of Movement - Recipient - Congratulations Stronghearts!

Cumberland Crate Company -Finalist
Wayward Distillation House - Finalist
Kayla McDonald Video Production
Verti Creative

Heritage Recognition Award

Sponsored by Waypoint Insurance

Comox Valley Transition Society - Recipient - Congratulations CVTS!

Brian McLean GMC - Finalist
Ocean View Enterprises Ltd. - Finalist
North Island College Foundation - Finalist

Not for Profit Organization Award
Sponsored by Pacific Sleep Care


Comox Valley Community Foundation – Recipient - Congratulations CVCF!

North Island College Foundation - Finalist
Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation - Finalist
Dawn to Dawn – Finalist
Comox Valley Food Bank
Comox Valley Hospice Society

Comox Valley Transition Society
Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island

Wachiay Friendship Centre

Small Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by Peninsula Co-op

Blinds Bubbles Boutique - Recipient - Congratulations Blinds Bubbles!

Andy's Auto Centre - Finalist
Tria Fine Catering - Finalist
40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery
AudioXcellence DJ Services
Comox Valley Poochies Pet Care
Cumberland Village Works
Guerilla Food Company
Halftone Pixel
Mudsharks Coffee Bar
Triple Heat Dance - Academy of the Performing Arts

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Sustainability Award
Sponsored by West Coast Expeditions

Level 10 Eurospa - Recipient - Congratulations Level 10!

Ecofish Research Ltd. - Finalist
John Gower Design - Gower Design Group - Finalist
40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery
Cumberland Crate Company
Royston House Bed & Breakfast
Seeds Market

Tech & Innovation Award
Sponsored by OnDeck Systems

Tickit/Dialect - Recipient - Congratulations Dialect team!

Gear Out Here - Finalist
Kitestrings/Medium Rare Interactive - Finalist
GCS Technology Srvices Inc


Young Entrepreneur Award
Sponsored by Wedler Engineering

James Flawith (Precision Tree Services/Lil' Worker Safety Gear) - Recipient - Congratulations James!

Kayla McDonald (Kayla McDonald Video Production
Daniel Kooman (Unveil Studios)

Youth Leadership Award
Sponsored by NIC School of Business

Breanna Brosko - Recipient - Congratulations Breanna!

Rachel Lafitte
Zara Nybo

President's Merit Award 
Sponsored by North Island College

Randy Wiwchar

This award is given out by the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. 

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this important Community Event by nominating a
Business, Organization or Individual!

Tickets for the 2016 Annual Awards Gala are Sold Out. Thank you to everyone who is supporting the Chamber Awards!



Nomination Guidelines:

  • No self nominations please.
  • When completing the nomination, it is of the utmost importance to include detailed contact and background information for the nominee.
  • The information should match directly with the award criteria and you must provide written examples.
  • Incomplete nominations will not be forwarded to the selection committee. We appreciate that it can take some time and effort.  Assume the selection committee does not know the individual, business or organization being nominated and they require as much information as possible to make a fair and knowledgeable selection.
  • Recipients are chosen by how well their achievements match with the criteria, and are not based on the number of nominations submitted.
  • Nominees are required to be residents of Comox Valley; however, they are not required to be members of the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce.
  • Nominees in most categories will be contacted and asked for background information and a minimum of one letter of reference.

    Nominations are forwarded to a Selection Committee who will make a decision on the top three finalists in each category along with the award recipient.  The Nomination window closes December 2, 2016. The final recipient for the award is kept strictly confidential until the night of the Award Gala.  The awards will be presented on stage at the Annual Awards Gala Evening on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Tickets will go on sale the end of November.



 A look back at the 2014 Annual Community Awards:

Annual Awards Midnight in Gotham Intro from Unveil Studios on Vimeo.

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