Photo contributed Copper Island Fine Homes celebrates a prestigious award from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior. Back, from left Dean Friesen, Greg Vistisen and Tracy Vistisen. Front Heidi Friesen, Kathy Moore, and Tammy Packer.

Builder bags gold and silver

Builder bags gold and silver at Keystone Awards

  • Feb. 8, 2017 8:10 p.m.

Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior announced 24 winning entries in its 12th Annual Keystone Home Builders Awards of Excellence. The black tie gala was held at the Thompson River University Grand Hall where everyone gathered to honor the best in their industry.

Local builder, Copper Island Fine Homes Inc. of Blind Bay, BC captured the prestigious Gold Award for Best Single Family Detached home, plus Silver for Customer Choice.

Greg Vistisen, owner and President of Copper Island Fine Homes stated, “…Nigel and Margaret are a fantastic couple and it was very much a pleasure working with them on their new home. This award would not have been possible without their support or that of our suppliers, sub-trades and outstanding team members. Accomplishments like this truly require a team effort”.

“9 years ago, we accepted our first Keystone award. We were a much smaller company back then, having recently incorporated in 2004. Fast forward 9 years, we have tripled in size, built over 60 new homes, renovated more than a dozen, most being whole house renovations and, in the process, been honored with 10 Gold Keystone awards”.

“It brings me great satisfaction watching both the personal and professional development of each of our team members over that span of time. Their sense of ownership, pride of workmanship and commitment to client respect and service are outstanding. Our team has now become the face of Copper Island Fine Homes”.

“I am so very proud of our team and would like to recognize Heidi Friesen, Dean Friesen, Chuck Beaton, Tim Lukashuck, Kyla Widdicombe, Kathy Moore, Melody Thomson, Dee Baillee and Tracy Vistisen for their outstanding commitment to supporting our clients and building quality homes.”

CHBA CI President Rob Lemire said, “The continued passion shown for housing by builders, trades and suppliers in the Kamloops region, has once again delivered some of the best homes in Canada over the past year. Tonight’s awards have showcased these talents yet again.”

CHBA Central Interior is a vibrant active association of 200 members, the voice of the residential construction in this region.

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