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The Annual Business Excellence Awards Celebration was held just before the world went a bit crazy. We gathered together, and celebrated our businesses and community for overcoming incredible difficulty over the past year. The amazing dinner, this year provided by The Sportsman's with help from Tasos from Telegraph Cove was fantastic. And as always Cindy Fisk and her crew brought a joy and professionalism to serving that all felt.

Jordan Riehl provided our entertainment and Gord Oppen of McNeill Media made that possible by setting up all our speakers, mics, and other tech things I don't know the name of. Damaris Sadler and Georgia from the Bread Cupboard had a team of incredibly gifted ladies who organized the decorations and flowers for the evening. Neva Perrott was in charge of the bar, and handing our kindness with every 'Chocolate Cake'. There were many other people helping and making the evening possible, but now onto our sponsors and nominees!

Our Sponsors and Nominees were featured all night with a scrolling Power Point. Our Platinum Level Sponsors this year were given the unique opportunity to hold the floor for 10 minutes or so and present on what they have been accomplishing in their given areas of business. It was mentioned more than once by winners, or award sponsors that the 'sense of community' was strong in the room, and more so, on the North Island itself in this time more than ever before. 

We are in this and all situations together - and we are stronger because of it. 

So thank you, everyone who came, who contributed, who nominated and who voted. Thank you for being and outstanding community.


Congratulations to our 2020 Chamber Award Winners:


Business of the Year Award: ShopRite General Stores
Sponsored by Bill Howich Chrysler


New Business of the Year: 19 North Apparel

Sponsored by Strategic Coastal Community Credit Union


Small Business of the Year: North Island Petro Can
Sponsored by Royal Pacific Petroleum


Home Based Business of the Year: 19 North Apparel
Sponsored by Cermaq


Customer Service Excellence: Nicole Barnes

Sponsored by Applewood Ford

Community Spirit Award: Loonies for Loggers

Sponsored by the North Island Gazette

Senior of the Year: Deborah Murray

Sponsored by Town of Port McNeill

Professional Merit Award: Meghan Hannecek
Sponsored by Cermaq


Youth of the Year Award: Giselle Alfred

Sponsored by Town of Port McNeill


Non-Profit of the Year Award: Loonies for Loggers

Sponsored by ShopRite General Stores


Tourism Award: Telegraph Cove Resort
Sponsored by West Coast Helicopters


Chamber Spirit Award: Spencer Andrews
Sponsored by MOWI


Volunteer of the Year: Stuart Abernathy
Sponsored by Western Forest Products



Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors
Platinum Level:

Grieg Seafood
Lemare Lake Logging

North Island Gazette

Telegraph Cove Resort
Town of Port McNeill

West Coast Helicopters

Wilderness Sea Planes


Contributor Lelvel:

Applewood Ford

Bill Howich Chrysler

Coastal Community Credit Union

Orca Sand and Gravel

Royal Pacific Petroleum

ShopRite General Stores

Western Forest Products


Friend Level:

BC Ferries
Furney Distributing

Marsh Canada

North Island Kayak

North Island Petro Can

Prince of Whales

Royal Lepage