Businesses honoured

Community Futures Boundary hosted the 2015 Boundary Business Excellence and Community Awards last Thursday.

Winning business excellence awards were: (Top from left) Tazia Radford (JayzWayz Floral Art); Joan Thomas (Volunteer of the Year); Murray Knox (Rotary Club); Heather Smith (Yellow Door Boutique); Tom Lesher (Bored Room Bistro); Warren Dunbar (WD Sheet Metal); Brent Haslam (WD); Kevin Grant (Grand Forks Glass); Josh Wakefield (Indivitdual service-Neighbours Computers); and Ryan Grant (Grand Forks Glass). (Bottom from left) Steve and Patti Young (Clyde’s Pub); R.J. Lesher (Bored Room Bistro); J.J. Henderson (JayzWayz); Irene and Nancy Perepolkin (Medomak Farm & Feed). Missing was Deb Lauzon (Grand Forks Credit Union).

Top businesses in the Boundary were honoured on Thursday night at the Grand Forks Curling Rink for the Community Futures Boundary Business Excellence and Community Awards for 2015.

The event was MC’d by Jay Alblas of Community Futures and featured short speeches by both Wendy McCulloch, president, and Lyle Burt, chair of the board. There were around 130 people in attendance. Food was supplied by Twisted Forks Catering and served by grads from GFSS.

Also held during the event was the City of Grand Forks volunteer appreciation awards.

Organizer Susan Green, Community Futures business analyst, said the event has been going on since 2000.

“It began as a small event to recognize Community Future’s clients and has progressively grown to what it is today fostering partnerships between organizations, businesses, volunteers and employees,” she said. “The event was opened up to all businesses in the Boundary area and co-sponsored by the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce five years ago. Two years ago the City of Grand Forks asked that we add their volunteer awards to the night.”

Green said the awards night is meant to encourage and recognize the small business community and volunteers without whom our small communities couldn’t exist.

“It’s also a great networking opportunity for businesses as there is no other event like it. Once a year businesses, volunteers and small organizations get together to celebrate local achievements.”

Voting on the awards were Boundary area residents.