Community Futures hosts Business Excellence and Community Awards gala

Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad presented the city’s volunteer excellence awards as well.

Joan Thomas of Community Futures Boundary (left) presents Laura Carlson of Pharmasave with the East Boundary Business of the Year award.

Local movers and shakers gathered at the Grand Forks Curling Club last week for the annual Business Excellence and Community Awards night.

Community Futures Boundary hosted the awards on Thursday, recognizing outstanding services, products and people that make the Boundary great. Last week was Small Business Week across the province.

The awards drew a crowd for food catered by Crowsnest Keep and mingling, followed by the awards ceremony. Different local organizations that sponsored the awards were on hand to present to the winners, including publisher Eric Lawson to present for Black Press.

Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad presented the city’s volunteer excellence awards, and named long-time Grand Forks International volunteer Gerry Foster Volunteer of the Year.

 

Following are the top three nominations in each category, with the first-place winner in bold.

Business of the Year – East Boundary

Presented by Community Futures Boundary

Pharmasave Grand Forks

Wooden Spoon Bistro

Jogas Espresso Café

 

Business of the Year – West Boundary

Presented by Community Futures Boundary

Copper Eagle Cappuccino & Bakery Ltd.

Deadwood Junction

The Yellow Door Boutique

 

Family Friendly Business

Presented by the Phoenix Foundation

The Wooden Spoon Bistro & Bake Shop

BFISS

Freeman’s Farm Supplies

 

Individual – Service Excellence

Presented by Telus

Hardy Skott – My Udder Store (Greenwood)

Kayla Sebastian – The Wooden Spoon Bistro

Andrew Novokshonoff – Magnum Auto

 

Business – Service Excellence

Presented by Boundary Country Regional

Chamber of Commerce

Alpine Signs & Graphics

The Wooden Spoon Bistro

My Udder Store

 

Community Impact

Presented by Grand Forks Credit Union

Whispers of Hope

BFISS

Gallery II

 

Green Award

Presented by Juice FM

Boundary Museum and Interpretive Centre

The Wooden Spoon Bistro

Love Bamboo / Xenja Wear

 

Retail Excellence

Presented by the Grand Forks Gazette

Work n Play Clothing # 108

Pharmasave Grand Forks

Grand Forks Home Hardware

 

Trade Service Excellence

Presented by the Grand Forks Gazette

Magnum Auto Inc.

Dandy Plumbing & Heating

Boundary Country Heating & Cooling

 

Manufacturing / Industrial Excellence

Presented by the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce

Interfor Corp. Grand Forks Division

Roxul Inc.

Vaagen Fibre Canada

 

Corporation of the City of Grand Forks Volunteers of the Year

Gerry Foster was recognized as Volunteer of the Year for his work with the Grand Forks International baseball tournament.

Certificates of Volunteer Recognition were awarded to: Dave Walsh; Don and Michele Caskey; Gerry and Judy Foster; Kelly and Jason McIver; Derek Taylor; Lisette Kermakin; Lorraine Dick and Ted Invictus.

 

(BELOW) Mayor Frank Konrad presents the Volunteer of the Year award to Gerry Foster.