Published On: Thursday, 18 May 2017

Alberni Valley Community Excellence Award Winners Announced

Alberni Valley Community Excellence Award Winners Announced

- Bill Collette is the Executive Director of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce. To find out more about the organization, please contact him at, or 250.724.6535.

PORT ALBERNI - The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Winners of this Year's Gala Event - The Community Excellence Awards held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Italian Hall.

The event was held in front of a Sold-Out Audience of more than 240 people from all over the Alberni Valley. Special guests beyond our 45 plus Finalists included: Mr. Gord Johns MP Courtenay/Alberni, Mr. Mike Ruttan - Mayor of Port Alberni, Mr. Hugh Braker - Councillor - Tseshaht First Nation, Ms. Jolleen Dick representing Hupacasath First Nation and a recent winner of the Top 20 Under 40 for Vancouver Island.

Also in attendance were: Mr. Terry Davis CEO Home Hardware Canada as featured Speaker, MLA Candidates including Mr. Scott Fraser - NDP incumbant, Mr. Darren DeLuca - Liberal Candidate, Ms. Alicia La Rue - Green Candidate. Ms. Sharie Minions city of Port Alberni Councillor was also in attendance. 

Award Winners for the evening include:

  • Portal Players Dramatic Society - Spirit of Music Award
  • Port Posh Wash - Green Award
  • Brakers Marine - Welcoming Workplace
  • Sarah Thomas for her efforts in Cycling Initiatives for the Health and Wellness Award
  • Ms. Terri Buse - Ambassador of Service Award
  • KAL Tire - Overall Customer Service Award
  • Totem Tree Service - Rising Star Award
  • Denis/Toosha Houle, Houle Printing - Chamber Award
  • Meals on Wheels - Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Alberni Valley Drag Racing Association - Tourism/Hospitality Award
  • The Blue Marlin Inn - Business Investment Award
  • Jenna West, Samuel Tsai & Ethan Jack - Youth of the Year
  • Don Ferster - Visionary Award
  • Trends Design Team - Social Media Award
  • Jan/Karen Lavertu, Westcoast Home Hardware - Special Recognition Award
  • Mike Hudson, owner of Port Boat House - Business Excellence Award
  • Mr. Jeff Cook - Port Alberni's Citizen of the Year.