Sooke Business Excellence Awards ~ Nominees

Votes are in.  Jurors have deliberated for the favourite Sooke region businesses and organizations.  A final list of nominees will be announced in local media on March 15, 2017 and is listed below.

*PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR A DETAILED CATEGORIZED LIST OF NOMINEES!

All businesses are eligible for awards, whether they are a Chamber member or not. Only one business can be nominated per category and a reason for nominating MUST be provided on the form. Nominees have been invited to support their nomination with a letter (in point form) detailing their achievements. Nominations and accompanying support letters will be judged, and winners chosen, by an impartial panel of esteemed business professionals not affiliated with the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce. Winners are NOT chosen solely by the number of nominations received.

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PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:  
During the evening of the gala, one special Business Excellence Nominee will be awarded the People’s Choice Award, voted upon by their business peers and esteemed guests in attendance.  The winner is acknowledged as THE favourite amongst Sooke’s business community.  The People’s Choice is an honour and a well-deserved recognition to the recipient.

Deadline to submit Nomination forms: March 5, 2017.


Chamber Business Excellence Awards Banquet & Auction

Saturday April 1, 2017
5:30 Cocktail reception with cash bar, followed by gourmet dinner, awards ceremony and auction.
$65 per person | $500 per table of ten

For more information CLICK HERE


PRESENTING...

THE BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS NOMINEES!
(Each category is in alphabetical order.  Please note, the nominees and categories they fall within are chosen by the nominator.)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES EXCELLENCE AWARD
Sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart (Sooke)

Presented to an organization which exemplifies honesty, integrity, innovation, professionalism and customer service. This category may include but is not limited to companies involved in: accounting, law, banking, travel, dental, mortgage brokerage, medical services, financial planning, realtors.

642 Wear
A Sea of Bloom + Inspire Home Décor
Academy Dental
Finalist: Beach Blonde Locks
Coast Capital Savings
Coastal Roots Health Centre
Country Canine Salon
Cristina Staicu, REMAX (Camosun Westside)
Dr. Louise Morin Optometrist
Evoke Aromatherapy
Fudge In A Round
Good Guys Gone Demossing
HUB International Insurance
Instinct Canada
K9 Goodlife
Mason Financial
McDerMaids Ltd.
Meanwhile in Sooke
Otter Point Athletics
WINNER: RBC Royal Bank of Canada
Finalist: S.D.Robb & Associates
Seaside Yarn & Button
Sooke PocketNews
Sooke Veterinary Hospital
Soultree Hair Studio
Stacey Scharf, Pemberton Holmes Ltd.
Star Mobile Aesthetics
TD Canada Trust
The Stick in the Mud
Tim Ayres, Personal Real Estate Corporation - Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty
Tri City Collision & Repairs Ltd.
West Coast Heeler Pack
West Shore Voice News

RETAIL AND SERVICES EXCELLENCE AWARD
Sponsored by Focus Driving School

Presented to an establishment which consistently demonstrates a high level of product or service quality, branding, customer service and market trending. This category may include but is not limited to: clothing stores, gift and craft shops, computer and electronic outlets, grocery stores, hair and beauty salons, spas, pet grooming, fitness trainers/gyms.

642 Wear
Finalist: A Sea of Bloom + Inspire Home Décor
B & K Jewelry and Gifts
Barking Dog Studio
Carolyn's Boutique
Country Canine Salon
Esthetics by Elise
Fudge In A Round
HUB International Insurance
Jazzercise Sooke
McDerMaids Ltd.
Mel-O Hair Salon
Peoples Drug Mart
Pure Elements Hair Design & Bodyworks Ltd.
Roxanne Low Photography | Roxy Foto
Salish Sea Technologies
Saltwest Naturals Inc.
SEAPARC Leisure Centre
Seaside Sweets Ltd.
Finalist: Seaside Yarn & Button
SFRS Community Thrift Shop
Shoppers Drug Mart
Sooke Health & Fitness
Sooke Home Hardware
Sooke Region Museum & Visitor Centre
Sooke Yoga and Wellness
The Stick in the Mud
The Uncommon Carrot
This N That
Tri City Collision & Repairs Ltd.
Village Food Markets
Well Read Books - The Next Chapter
WINNER: West Coast Heeler Pack
West Coast Natural Foods
Western Foods
Wood Travel & Cruise
Your Perfect Gift

MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARD
Sponsored by Sooke PocketNews

Presented to a business in the manufacturing and industry sector, which exemplifies quality control measures, creativity, innovation and scope through their products and/or services. This category may include but is not limited to: technology companies, food production, skincare production, alternative energy production, jewelry production and design, crafters and artisans, fabricators.

642 Wear
B & K Jewelry and Gifts
E-Fish-Ent Fish Co. Ltd.
Evoke Aromatherapy
Flaming Sword Woodburning
Finalist:  Fudge In A Round
Jamin Creations
Julli Murphy, Arbonne Independent Consultant
Linda Gordon, Artist
WINNER:  Saltwest Naturals Inc.
Seaflora Ltd.
Shards Glass Studio
Finalist: Sooke Oceanside Brewery
The Stick in the Mud
The Uncommon Carrot

DINING AND HOSPITALITY EXCELLENCE AWARD
Sponsored by Star Mobile Aesthetics

Presented to an establishment involved in the food service industry which provides a consistently high level of quality, value, variety, atmosphere, cleanliness, safety, and exemplary customer service. This category may include but is not limited to: restaurants, cafés, bakeries, pizza shops, catering companies, bed and breakfasts, commercial accommodation providers.

17 Mile House Pub
Cathy's Corner Café
Fudge In A Round
Finalist: Gordon's Beach Farm Stay B&B
Jenny's Country Pantry and Tea Shoppe
Kelz Sweet & Savory Bake Shop
WINNER: Little Vienna Bakery Café & Marketplace
Point No Point Resort
Prestige Oceanfront Resort
Route 14 Bistro
Seascape Inn
Shirley Delicious Café
Sooke Oceanside Brewery
Stickleback West Coast Eatery
Tastes of India in Sooke
The Lazy Gecko
The Stick in the Mud
The Uncommon Carrot
Vancouver Island Lodge
Finalist: Wild Mountain Food & Drink

TRADES AND SKILLED LABOUR EXCELLENCE AWARD
Sponsored by Western Foods

Presented to a business which exemplifies honesty, integrity, professionalism and a high level of product or service quality. This category may include but is not limited to companies involved in: construction, plumbing, electrical, masonry, landscaping, and carpentry.

Bob's Repair Center
Coastside Interiors
Dumont Tires Ltd./Sooke Tirecraft
FortisBC
Fudge In A Round
Finalist: Good Guys Gone Demossing
Good Neighbours Fencing
HomeWise Plumbing & Drainage Services
Phil's Professional Drywall
Shoreline Roofing
Sooke Centre Auto Repair
Sooke Soil & Landscape Ltd.
Finalist: South Island Home Construction Ltd.
The Drywall Guy Inc.
Topo's Landscaping Company
WINNER: Westcom Plumbing and Heating
Western Island Tree Service Ltd.

HOME-BASED BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD
Sponsored by Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan®

Presented to a home-based business which exemplifies a high level of product or service quality, branding, customer service and market trending. This category may include but is not limited to: independent sales consultants, daycares, seamstresses, pet services, aesthetics.

642 Wear
Finalist: Beach Blonde Locks
Country Canine Salon
E. Karri Jensen RMT
Ellen's Sewing Services
WINNER: Fudge In A Round
Horse'N Around
Instinct Canada
Jonathan Ritchot Athletic Therapy
Julli Murphy, Arbonne Independent Consultant
K9 Goodlife
Katie Quinsey - Young Living Essential Oils
Finalist: Meanwhile in Sooke
Melanie Fast Norwex Independent Sales Consultant
Mountain Heights Healing
Oomphatico™
Republic of Vancouver Island
Roxanne Low Photography | Roxy Foto
S.D.Robb & Associates
Sooke PocketNews
Star Mobile Aesthetics
Tadpole Academy
West Coast Heeler Pack
Your Perfect Gift

NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION EXCELLENCE AWARD
Sponsored by Sooke 2-For-1 Pizza

Presented to a registered not-for-profit organization which through its activities and initiatives creates tangible benefits to individuals and/or the community at large, and which demonstrates ongoing achievements for the well-being and betterment of those who it is directly involved. This category may include any registered not-for-profit in the arts, cultural, health, social, economic, or other sector.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church (Vital Vittles)
Knox Vision Society
Linda Ferguson (Newcomers Club and Shoebox Project)
Meals on Wheels
RCM-SAR Station Sooke
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #54
SFRS Community Thrift Shop
Finalist: Sooke Boxing Club
Sooke Family Resource Society
WINNER: Sooke Fine Arts Society
Sooke Food CHI
Sooke Harbourside Lions
Sooke Region Community Health Network
Sooke Region Museum & Visitor Centre
Finalist: Sooke Transition House Society
Transition Sooke
Victoria Pet Food Bank & Feral Cat Rehabilitation Society
WorkLink Employment Society

NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR EXCELLENCE AWARD
Sponsored by The Stick in the Mud

Presented to a new business in operation for not more than three years by December 31 2016. This business is recognized for its excellence in the areas of management, branding, marketing, innovation, product development and quality, staff training and customer service. Utilizing mediums such as signage, website design, social media and other items contributes towards the success of this new business.

WINNER: 642 Wear
Hara Sushi
Meanwhile in Sooke
Finalist: Otter Point Athletics
Private DeTECHtive
Republic of Vancouver Island
Seaside Sweets Ltd.
Seaside Yarn & Button
Sheringham Distillery
Sooke Oceanside Brewery
Sooke PocketNews
The Artisan’s Garden Plants Gifts and Treasures
Finalist: The Uncommon Carrot
West Coast Heeler Pack
Westcom Plumbing and Heating

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR EXCELLENCE AWARD
Sponsored by TELUS PureFibre™

Presented to a well-established and recognizable business in operation for at least three years by December 31 2016. This business has clear leadership, management, customer service, strategic planning, quality of product and/or service, innovation, marketing, and community involvement. With a proven track record of achievement and success, this business sets the standard of excellence in the community.

Finalist: 4-M Bobcat & Trucking Ltd.
Country Canine Salon
Dumont Tires Ltd./Sooke Tirecraft
Fudge In A Round
S.D.Robb & Associates
Saltwest Naturals Inc.
Sooke Evergreen Physiotherapy
Sooke Health & Fitness
Sooke Home Hardware
Sooke Montessori Jr Kindergarten
South Island Water Ltd.
WINNER: The Stick in the Mud
Finalist: Topo's Landscaping Company
West Shore Voice News
Wood Travel & Cruise


PRESIDENT'S AWARD OF RECOGNITION
Sponsored by Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce

Recipient:  Dr. Stephen Grundy

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD (TIED VOTE!)

During the evening of the awards ceremony, one special Business Excellence Nominee will be awarded the People’s Choice Award, voted upon by their business peers and esteemed guests in attendance. The winner is acknowledged as THE favourite amongst Sooke’s business community and will receive an engraved crystal award. The People’s Choice is an honour and a well-deserved recognition to the recipient.

Sponsored by Butler Brothers Supplies Ltd.

Recipient:  Stacey Scharf Pemberton Homes Ltd.

AND

Sponsored by Westcom Plumbing and Heating

Recipient:  Sooke Health & Fitness


*SPARK AWARDS*

INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY EXCELLENCE AWARD

Presented to an organization or business which demonstrated innovative and technological vision to drive transformation, solve problems, or move ideas forward. The award celebrates the struggle to innovate, collaborate, use smart technology and focus on excellence to create new solutions to existing challenges or create a novel product or service not previously available. This category may include virtually any organization or enterprise.

Recipient:  None

SUSTAINABILITY AND LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD
Sponsored by Royal Roads University

Presented to an organization which makes outstanding contributions by actively integrating and promoting sustainability initiatives by demonstrating economic, social and environmental stewardship within their organization and to the community at large. This category may include virtually any organization or enterprise.

Recipient:  4-M Bobcat & Trucking Ltd.

COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND ADVOCACY EXCELLENCE AWARD
Sponsored by Dr. Chris Bryant Inc.

Presented to a business or organization for their outstanding community spirit in supporting events, programs, services or initiatives that benefit the Sooke Region. The beneficiaries of this support may include minor sports, culture, youth, those with special needs, seniors, the economically disadvantaged, education and other worthwhile causes that benefit our community. This category may include virtually any organization or enterprise.

Recipient:  Sooke Harbourside Lions