Photo contributed Carmen Miller, Chamber president, presents Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Resort with Business of the Year in the 7-plus employees category. Jesse Ziercke, general manager, and Chief Oliver Arnouse of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band accepted the award.

Chamber honours best in business

Annual Chase Christmas Gala & Business Excellence Awards take place Dec. 9.

The Chase Community Hall was transformed into an elegant Winter Wonderland on Saturday night to honour the best in business.

The occasion was the 2nd Annual Christmas Gala & Business Excellence Awards put on by the Chase Chamber of Commerce.

One hundred and 60 people turned out to enjoy the festivities, complete with dinner, dance and awards presentation.

Included in the awards was the Chase Citizen of the Year, which the chamber has been awarding since 1979.

This year there were two citizens honoured: Alison Lauzon and Shirley Phillips.

They were presented with their awards by Mayor Rick Berrigan.

The Business Excellence Awards were awarded by Chamber directors.

Taking ‘Business of the Year – 7+ Employees’ was Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Resort. Carmen Miller, Chamber president, presented general manager Jesse Ziercke and Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band Chief Oliver Arnouse with the award.

‘Business of the Year – under 6 Employees’ went to Village U-Brew. Kerri Lindsay, Chamber vice-president, presented owner Brenda Esslinger with the award.

Liquid Hair Salon earned ‘Employer of the Year.’ Chamber director Kelsey Snelgrove presented the award, which was accepted on the owners’ behalf as they were unable to attend.

Chamber director Donna Smith-Bradley presented ‘Organization of the Year’ to the Chase & District Skate Park Society. Terri Mindel accepted the honour.

Pete Murray’s Corn Farm was given the ‘Environmentally Conscientious Award.’ Owner Pete Murray accepted it from Shelley Aimes, Chamber business member.

Chamber vice-president Kerri Lindsay presented Village Lanes Fun Centre with the ‘Customer Service Award.’ Proprietors Kelly and Calyn Collins accepted the honour.

Chahal Priddle LLP earned ‘New Business of the Year.’ Hardeep Chahal and

Nathan Van Kampen accepted the award from Carmen Miller, Chamber president.

Emcee was Ali Maki, manager of the Chase & District Chamber of Commerce.

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