Special Features - 2015 Chamber Awards of Distinction Winners

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And the Winners are...

2015 VIP Nominee Reception Sponsor

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Thank You Supporters • 97.3 The Eagle • All In One Party Shop • Campbell River Art Gallery • Campbell River Mirror • Chameleon Creative • Island Life Photographics • Kinsmen Club of Campbell River • McKays Electronics Experts • Stagecoach Media Inc. • Tidemark Theatre

Volunteer Organizing Committee • Alana Caldwell • Debra Cunningham • Dan Franklin • Gwen Gordon • Jordan Groves • Dave Hamilton • Richard Skinner

Judging Committee • Dave Hamilton - Chamber Board Director|Campbell River Mirror • Amanda Raleigh - Seymour Pacific Development • Andrea Knowles - CR Community Economic Development • Craig Willett - Baily Western Star • Daniel Sampson - RE/MAX Check Realty • Dean Taylor - Campbell River Mirror • Derek Lamb - Chan Nowasad Boates • Doug Riederer - Thrifty Foods • Kermit Dahl - Associated Tire and Auto • Linda Jay - North Island College • Louise Howes - Volunteer Campbell River • Marlene Wright - City of Campbell River • Mary Rolinsky - McDonald’s Restarants • Natalie Clark - Nyrstar Myra Falls • Shannon Baikie - North Island Employment Foundations Society

A special thank you to the following food vendors who volunteered their time and delicious nibbles for our enjoyment.


Thank you to all of the donors for the Featured Tastings and Dessert Stations

Congratulations to all the winners at this years Campbell River Chamber Business Awards of Distinction.


Business Awards of Distinction

When a DOLLAR Isn’t A Dollar

Consider this scenario. Two different people ask you to give them $10. Person No.1 says, “If you give ME $10, I will give $1 back to your family and friends.” Person No.2 says, “If you give ME $10, I will give $2 back to your family and friends.” Which person would you give your money to? Seems simple, right? Well, that’s exactly the proposition that is facing consumers today when they are choosing where to shop for their home improvement goods. For every $1,000 they spend at a big box store, only $116 of that money is re-circulated back into the local community. When they spend $1,000 at a locally owned home improvement store, $230 of that money stays within the local community.

Source: Dan M. Tratensek (2015,06) When A Dollar Isn’t A Dollar., Hardware Retailing, July 2015, p.10.

Local businesses contribute to the health and prosperity of their communities in the following ways: ➣ Labour and Skills: Local businesses either train their staff members to perform more skilled work to keep labour in house or will outsource to local providers. In contrast, national chains have their headquarters do this labour for them. ➣ Profits: A larger portion of independent stores’ profits stay in a community. In contrast, national chains redistribute profits to their shareholders or invest the money into global operations. ➣ Procurement: A business that is local will pay for local accounting services, local media services, local legal services... etc. National chains provide these professional services in house from their headquarters.

➣ Charitable Giving: Local business owners generally give back to their own communities in a multitude of ways. In contrast, national chains are more likely to donate to national charities or groups located near their headquarters, not near their stores.

Source: Sara Logel, Kate Klein (2015, 06) It’s A Fact. Shopping at Independent Home Improvement Retailers Builds Stronger Communities., Hardware Retailing, July 2015, p 46.

Campbell River

Shopping local is a way for you to better your own community.

From January to September 1, 2015 Home Hardware Building Centre in Campbell River has donated to, sponsored or volunteered with the following groups or events: North Vancouver Island branch of Veterans Canada Rod Brind’Amour Cystic Fibrosis Golf Classic Sayward Futures Society- Annual Bike Rodeo Annual Storey Creek Ladies Crystal Open Kinetic Employee Golf Tournament and Dinner Branch 270 Gold River, Royal Canadian Legion Annual Golf Tournament Campbell River Cops for Cancer Golf Tournament Unifor Annual Fishing Derby Campbell River Duck Unlimited Annual Banquet and Auction Scotia Bank Relay for Life Team The Whaletown Community Club Daybreak Rotary of CR-Wheelchair for Indonesia Fund raising Lyndon’s Legacy Charity Slow Pitch Tournament The Campbell River Hospice Society Boat Show Fundraiser Campbell River Fish and Wildlife Association Cape Mudge Band Head Start Program-Auction Ripple Rock Square Dance Club Blast Off Weekend Knights of Columbus Annual Lobster Dinner Squadron 101 North Island, Royal Canadian Airforce Brian Baker Squadron, Campbell River Air Youth Association Village of Sayward benefit dance Campbell River Baptist Church - Metro World Child, Powerhouse for Kidz Annual Women of Aquaculture winter get-away event Campbell River Minor Hockey Association Campbell River Hyundai grand opening event Westview Marina and Lodge’s Salmon Enhancement Derby Campbellton Community Association’s Community Garden Woss Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. Slow Pitch Tournament Village of Sayward Mayor’s Golf Tournament Campbell River Salmon Festival Society Campbell River Noon Rotary Book Drive Campbell River Canada Day Festivities Quacker 5000 family day- Campbell River Rotary Thunderbird RV Park and Campground Annual Salmon Derby CR Fish and Wildlife Association 3D Archery Tournament Laichwiltach Family Life Society Totem Pole Golf Tournament Fund Raiser Campbell River Storm Hockey Team North Island Cruisers Annual Shown’ Shine Campbell River Special Olympics–Howie Meeker Golf Tournament Storey Creek Men’s Amateur Tournament Greenways Land Trust Spring Bank Clean Up Campbell River Motorcross Association Campbell River Waterski Club Camp Homewood Annual Fundraiser Campbell River Rotary Annual TV Auction

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Business Awards of Distinction

Congratulations from the Chamber

Celebrating Your Success The Campbell River Chamber of Commerce Board, Staff and our Members extend their congratulations to all of the winners of the 2015 Business Awards of Distinction. We recognize and honour your hard work, commitment to success and your investment in our community. Together, you are making Campbell River an even greater place to live, work, raise a family, retire and to do business. Thank you!

Chamber Board of Directors

Chamber Staff

2015 Chamber Board Executive

2015 Chamber Board Directors

Corby Lamb - Board Chair Kim Jarvis - 2nd Vice Chair Mike Boulet - Past Board Chair Charlene Brown - Secretary/Treasurer

Debra Cunningham Keith Davidson Gina Forsyth Gary Forsgren Dave Hamilton

David Minato Cheryl O’Connell Dustin Raleigh Curtis Wilson

Michelle Fontaine, Member Services Coordinator; Colleen Evans, President & CE0; Lindsey Innes, Special Events & Member Services Manager.

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Business Awards of Distinction

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BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (1 to 5 Employees)

Teachers at Bikram Yoga Campbell River are trained by some of the best and most renowned yoga teachers in the world. We strive to stay up-to-date in our certifications, and continue to expand our learnings through further training and courses both locally and internationally. At Bikram Yoga Campbell River, one can expect the highest quality of teaching, in a convenient location, with wonderful amenities. We are proud of what we have created together.

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At Bikram Yoga Campbell River our mission is to offer barrier-free yoga to help our students lead a healthy, vibrant and joyful life. We are the only hot yoga studio in Campbell River, offering between 24 and 30 classes per week, depending on the season. We believe that through steady and concentrated practice, and with the support of science, yoga has a tremendous positive impact on our community and beyond. We have a wonderful and expanding group of teachers and students that helps us to carry out our mission.



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Business Awards of Distinction BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (6 to 25 Employees)

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BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (26 to 49 Employees)

Honours a business that has demonstrated continual business excellence through positive business growth; exemplified customer service and embraced an outstanding commitment to quantity and the community.

Honours a business that has demonstrated continual business excellence through positive business growth; exemplified customer service and embraced an outstanding commitment to quantity and the community.

Proudly sponsored by: Pioneer Home Hardware

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FYI DOCTORS For 21 years the doctors at FYidoctorsCampbell River, have been caring for your eyes. Our story began with Dr. Scholfield and Dr.Melville in the Comox Valley. This clinic grew over time becoming the Comox Valley Optometry Clinic and in 1994 the Willow Point Optometry Clinic. In 2003 Dr. Bob Somerville entrusted his patients to us when he retired. We then became Coastal Eyecare Centres and now FYidoctors! In 2008, we collaborated with 30 other optometrists in Western Canada to form FYidoctors. This has allowed us to offer our community the most advanced optometric care and the highest technology eyewear available. We are proud of what we have created, FYidoctors–Campbell River offers more than just eye exams and eyewear, we provide complete eyecare solutions that use leading edge technology to get a full picture of your eyes and find the perfect vision solution for you. Our technologically advanced diagnostic equipment including, Optomap 3-D retinal imaging, aids in the diagnosis and monitoring of glaucoma, macular degeneration, hypertension and diabetic retinopathy. The team at Fyidoctors–Campbell River is dedicated to making a positive difference for you and for our community. We thank our patients, for trusting us to care for your eyes.

OCEAN PACIFIC MARINE Ocean Pacific Marine Store & Boatyard services commercial vessels and yachts which require outfitting and installation of standard equipment; upgrade and modification to equipment and systems; periodic and scheduled maintenance; structural modification and repair. The company can refer to considerable experience in the repair of all types of hulls including wood, fiberglass, aluminum and steel. The fully stocked retail store services the boatyard as well as the Campbell River community with a team of knowledgeable, passionate staff to assist with all your marine needs. The Boatyard is located adjacent to the Marine Store and provides 5982 sq meters of hard surface which is serviced by a 110 ton Marine Travelift. Ocean Pacific employees provide technical expertise specific to vessel refit and repair and command a wide range of product knowledge. OP outsources to local companies which can provide a wide range of expertise specific to the marine industry. Marine survey and naval architectural services are available. OP accesses specialized services ( eg. fire suppression installations) from local providers which are registered contractors with OP. Ocean Pacific is an ISO:9001 Registered company and is certified by the Canadian Welding Bureau.

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Grieg Seafood appreciates being recognized for the prestigious award, Business of the Year (50+ Employees)

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Business Awards of Distinction BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (50+ Employees)

Honours a business that has demonstrated continual business excellence through positive business growth; exemplified customer service and embraced an outstanding commitment to quantity and the community. Proudly sponsored by:

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Recognizes best practices in attracting a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive environment in the Campbell River area. This is demonstrated in creating an accessible environment for clients and customers and actively engaging with under-represented employees. Cultural diversity includes but is not limited to) ethnicity, race, eligion, gender, age, sexual orientation and ability. Proudly sponsored by: Immigrant Welcome Centre and The Royal Bank of Canada



The United Nations has predicted that the world’s population is expected to increase by 38%, from 6.9 billion in 2010 to 9.6 billion in 2050. Worldrenowned marine explorer Jacques Cousteau has said, “We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters.” Grieg Seafood began salmon farming on Vancouver Island’s west coast in 2000, when past CEO Per Grieg realized that producing food to feed the world would be of key importance in the 21st century. Grieg’s has 103 employees residing in 12 communities with nearly half living in Campbell River. They coach sports teams and volunteer in theatre groups and at local festivals and community events. Most have young families and are putting down roots in Campbell River. Grieg utilizes services valued at more than $60 million annually from more than 100 BCsupplier and contract service companies.

NIEFS is a charitable communitybased not-for-profit organization and the major employment agency for Northern Vancouver Island. As a leader in workforce development we provide services to over 5000 job seekers and 500 companies annually. As an organization, we have been actively connecting employers with workers since 1986. With almost 30 years in business, NIEFS is a cornerstone in our community building extensive partnerships with businesses, other organizations, communities and individuals in Campbell River and across the North Island. These partnerships are integral to our ability to assist people to build self-sufficiency through active and sustainable participation in the labour market and assist employers to hire the right people, with the right skills at the right time contributing to a strong, resilient and healthy community.

The Grieg family, who operate salmon farms in Norway and the Shetland Islands, recognized the potential that BC’s coastline would offer as a natural marine environment for farming salmon. In 2007 Grieg expanded to the east coast of Vancouver Island. Today it holds 21 farm licences and operates a hatchery in Gold River.

NIEFS Board of Directors and Staff extend their congratulations to all the winners of the

Chamber of Commerce 2015 Business Awards of Distinction and are a proud supporter of the Workforce Development Award.

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Business Awards of Distinction

Business Awards of Distinction



Why I Belong? To Encourage Economic Growth in Campbell River Chamber creates opportunities for us to get to know fellow businesses “andThenot-for-profits in Campbell River and hear about what is happening in their business or industry sector and how that is affecting our local economy. The Chamber is essential to building a positive business climate in Campbell River and we’re proud to be a part of it. Kent Larden, Strategic Natural Resource Consultants Inc. A Proud Chamber Member

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Business Awards of Distinction INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

Honors a business that exemplifies successful innovation; demonstrates vision in the development of new technologies, products and/or services; and demonstrates the ability to take risks. Proudly sponsored by:

CR Creative Industries Couincil and CR Community Economic Development Corp.

ASAP GEOMATIX ASAP Geomatix started as a sister company to ASAP Avionics in Campbell River. We realized the potential to develop leading aerial imagery and mapping not only in Campbell River but across Canada. Since our startup in 2012, it’s been a tough road of discovering customer needs and technology development. We’ve travelled across BC and Alberta working for major oil and utility companies such as Kinder Morgan, Husky and TransAlta. We’ve also aimed to promote good causes. ASAP Geomatix is the first geomatics company to research tsunami debris mapping from the air. We’ve worked with living oceans and ecofish consultants.

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This award recognizes a business that has demonstrated exceptional commitment to developing, nurturing and enhancing community spirit through its actions and clearly demonstrating a commitment to sustained and continuous community betterment and stewardship. Proudly sponsored by: City of Campbell River

QUAY WEST CATERING Quay West Kitchen & Catering is a local restaurant designed to provide food and beverage services to Campbell River residents, businesses and tourists year round. Our restaurant interior celebrates the historic beginnings of Campbell River with photos of archived events such as the opening of the CR Regional Airport (1959) and what the Campbell River Firehall at 10th and Island Highway looked like in 1950 along with other interesting 1950s and 1960s photos of the downtown area when it was starting to boom. We stayed with the Theme Campbell River in modern day displaying pictures of todays downtown taken by local photographers The contrast in the art represents the changing times in downtown Campbell River today. We are engage in these changing times and have seen the fruits of our labour blooming right in pace with all the current changes and economic growth the city of Campbell River is currently experiencing.

Debra & Marc would like to thank the Chamber, the City of Campbell River, judges, gala guests and the Quay West team members for being honoured and recognized for the work we do.

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Business Awards of Distinction NOT- FOR- PROFIT OF THE YEAR

Honors a not-for-profit business that has demonstrated continual business excellence through positive business growth; exemplified customer service; and embraced an outstanding commitment to quality and the community. Proudly sponsored by: Marine Harvest Canada

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New in 2015 is an award category for Social Enterprise focusing on labour market development and social innovation within the not-for-profit sector, creating opportunities for employment and new revenue streams for not for profit organizations. Proudly sponsored by: Coastal Community Credit Union

CAMPBEL RIVER VOLUNTEER SOCIETY For the past 25 years Volunteer Campbell River has supported volunteerism and civic engagement in the community, working with aprox. 100 organizations and 1000 volunteers each year. Our mission is: To advance the quality of volunteerism and community engagement through leadership and training to individuals and non-profit organizations. Our vision is: Working together to build strong and healthy communities. Our programs and projects include Information Sharing (monthly newsletter, website and on-site resource library); Volunteer Recruitment and Referral (Online recruitment and referral software, volunteer database, administer police information checks, weekly volunteer spotlight (radio, in the newspaper and on our Facebook page)); Offer Workshops and Training (Non-profit Management, Volunteer Management, Board Development); Community Engagement and Volunteer Promotion (Volunteer and Non-Profit Fairs, National Volunteer Week Volunteer initiates, VCR AGM, International Volunteer Day and National Volunteer Manager’s Day promotions and the Good Deeds Project (highlighting a volunteer each month for their Good Deed)); Rentals (projector, event tents, speaker system etc.), Online Resource Templates and Samples we are currently working on to assist community groups with administration of Non-profits and Volunteer Management, and Volunteer Engagement for the CR Better at Home Program, in partnership with CR Family Services (marketing, screening, intake and orientation of/for volunteers).

CAMPBELL RIVER AND DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY LIVING Skyline Productions is proudly owned and operated by the Campbell River and District Association for Community Living. For over 35 years CRADACL has provided employment opportunities to our community members who have intellectual disabilities. In the early 90’s, CRADACL made the transformation from a sheltered workshop to offering employment based on the model of real pay for real work. We embraced the philosophy that everyone has gifts and talents that can be cultivated. Over the past 25 years Skyline has grown to include 6 businesses that offers employment to 28 people. some are seasonal and some are year round. Currently we run 7 enterprises, with the most well know being Skyline Productions - - - -

Skyline Productions – Boom Board markers for over 35 years we have been manufacturing license plates for log booms, Skyline Confidential Paper shredding Scan Now-document scanning service Clear Cut Lawn Mowing

- The “Snack Shack - Campbell River Beautification - A school Lunch Program All of these employment opportunities are self-sustaining,

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Business Awards of Distinction

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Honors a new business (3 years or less from the date of incorporation) that has achieved outstanding business performance in a short period of time; demonstrates exceptional promise of continued growth; and serves as an inspiration for other new businesses. Proudly sponsored by:

Stagecoach Media Inc.

SHE WORKS SHE PL AYS I have been driving commercially for the past decade. I started by running a snow plow for highways, spent time hauling fish up and down the island, ran the Mt. Washington ski busses, but my home in the trades was at Island Ready Mix where I drove concrete trucks for almost 8 years. I was always frustrated with not being able to find women’s work wear, and when an ongoing injury put me at a crossroads in life, I decided to take the challenge of finding women’s work wear into my own hands. Research and connections with other women taught me I was not alone in my struggle. I designed The Chick Truck, and my husband, Doug Rippingale, did the construction work from my graph paper. The truck/shop is packed with women’s high-viz, boots, coveralls, gloves and assorted work wear. I have a Kenworth, and I now haul the 32 foot semi-trailer to communities all over the province helping women working in industry and trades get the work wear they need, but that is so hard to find. It is more than my business, it is my destiny. I love truck driving and I am passionate about women in trades.

It was a tie! SIGNATURE OIL AND VINEGAR Signature Oil and Vinegar is an on tap Tasting Bar featuring fresh, organic extra virgin olive oil and barrel aged Italian balsamic vinegars. The olives are harvested slightly under ripe when the anti-oxidant count is the highest. The fruit is cold pressed at 69 degrees Fahrenheit within four hours of being picked. All of the fused and infused oils are fresh twice a year, as the harvest changes from Northern to Southern hemisphere.

The oils are independently analyzed and chemistry is posted. Customers at Tyee Plaza can be confident in the quality of what they are buying. The white and dark balsamic vinegars come from Modena, Italy, and are barrel aged 12 to 18 years. The oils and vinegars at Signature make amazing salad dressings, pasta sauces, bread dippers, and anything you can imagine for grilling, broiling, or sautéing vegetables, meat, chicken, game meat, fish, or shellfish. The store also carries truffle, almond, walnut and sesame oil, as well as a wonderful selection of gourmet products from around the world. Everything in the store is available to taste before purchase, and prices start at $5. This is food the way it was 100 years ago, the way it is meant to be – fresh, pure, and simple.

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Thank you for the vote of confidence Campbell River. Voted Best New Business of the Year.

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Recognizes a business under 50 employees that has demonstrated excellence and best practices in the skill development of their employees.

Recognizes a business over 50 employees that has demonstrated excellence and best practices in the skill development of their employees.

Proudly sponsored by: North Island Employment Foundation Society and North Island College

Proudly sponsored by: North Island Employment Foundation Society and North Island College



Fresh Dental is a modern dental clinic located in Campbell River’s new Timberline Village Mall.

Jens & Mary Rolinski own and operate the three McDonald’s Restaurants in Campbell River. There are currently 120 employees in our market, 113 crew and 7 salaried managers, all of which have been hired locally.

Dr. Hildebrand and her team offer high quality, affordable and comfortable dental care that is personalized for each patient’s needs. They are proud of the exceptional service they provide.

At the forefront of our business philosophy is the importance to retain quality crew. In order to do this, we provide a comprehensive dental and medical benefit program, a scholarship program, a Platinum Card which allows our employees to receive discounts at many large Canadian retailers, in store incentives and regular fully funded employee outings. We also provide an extensive training and development program for all employees that allows them to excel within our business as well as teaches them invaluable skills for their future endeavors. In addition, we work shoulder to shoulder with our crew to help them develop their confidence and abilities. We offer guidance and mentorship to those that seek it and hold regular “listening sessions’ where crew may attend to provide feedback on how to improve any area within the restaurant. We value their input and strive to provide a safe, respectful workplace for all.

Fresh Dental is the proud winner of the

Excellence in Workplace Development Award. We would like to thank the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce, the North Island Employment Foundation Society and the North Island College for the honour!

Fresh Dental • Dr. Christine Hildebrand 209-801 Hilchey Road, Campbell River • 250.830.4567 • www.freshdentistry.ca

Business Awards of Distinction INTERNATIONAL EXPORT

Honors a business that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in exporting products or services outside of Canada’s borders. Proudly sponsored by: Aecon SNC-Lavalin Joint Venture

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Honors a business owner or founder under the age of 35 who has excelled in business; exemplified leadership and entrepreneurial skills; and demonstrated exceptional vision that has contributed to business success. Proudly sponsored by: Grieg Seafood

YORK MACHINE SHOP LTD. York Portable Machine Tools builds special tooling for special jobs. When the repair job is too big to send to the machine shop, York manufactures a tool that goes right to the jobsite and provides everything the customer needs to make repairs to heavy equipment and reduce their “downtime”. From customers as far away as the US Research Station in Antarctica to the Diavik Diamond Mine in the Canadian far north and for customers in industries as diverse as Boeing Aircraft, the Kori Kollo gold mine in Bolivia, the Columbian Navy and Disneyland, York provides the tools to get the job done. York Portable Machine Tools manufactures a line of portable tools that include line-boring machines, automated bore welding machines, rotary and linear milling machines, and shaft turning machines. They also design and build special application tools.

JENNIFER LESTRANGE – CR ANIMAL PARTIES CR Animal Parties offers live, educational reptile shows for birthdays, schools and events. We take in sick and unwanted reptiles, amphibian and invertebrates, rehabilitate and treat them and then bring them on location to educate the public on various topics including biology, ecology, and pet care. I began the company when I noticed an abundance of unwanted reptiles in classified ads and on social media, they were sick and not cared for properly, some were being dropped on my doorstep without notice. At that point I moved away from breeding for the pet industry and turned to education and rescues. Our shows offer the public a unique, hands-on edu-taining experience that leaves them talking about it for years to come. They get up close and personal with these exotic animals while learning to respect living things and their care requirements in captivity. Although birthday parties for children seem to be our primary seller, we have been a repeat guest at adult care facilities and local events as well.

Thanks so much Campbell River! We’re honoured to receive the Excellence in Workforce Development Award.

Thank you to the Chamber and our community for your on-going support. 2015 Young Professional of the Year


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Business Awards of Distinction

Board of Governor’s Award


Honors a current or retired business person who has displayed a significant commitment to the success of both his/her business and the community as a whole; demonstrated business leadership and vision; and served as a positive role model or mentor for other business people in the community. Co-Presented by:

the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce and Nyrstar Myra Falls

His formula for success is simple. He says, “We do what our competition says they’ll do.” His staff is experienced and believes in what they do and sell. He wants people “to come in as a customer and leave as a friend.”

Kermit Dahl

In the mid-90’s, Kermit worked for Pacific Regeneration Technologies, better known as the tree nursery. He was responsible for maintaining and developing all of their equipment, both for the silviculture and the nursery operations,

This is the first major award for Kermit. He has never worked for recognition, instead remaining true to his value, “We do we what do, awards or not, never aiming for acclaim.”

Congratulations to all the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce Business Awards of Distinction winners! DARLENE GARAT

across BC. In 1997, he returned to Fountain Tire where he worked until 2010. His reputation as a skilled, personable, trustworthy expert blossomed there. His move to entrepreneurship came in March, 2011 when he bought the Big O Tire store in Campbellton, reopening it as Associated Tire and

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unique combination of cars and cooking is expressed. The Associated Tire barbeque, popcorn maker and slushie machine appear at many summer fundraisers and non-profit events. Sometimes they are on loan, sometimes operated by Kermit and his staff.

It’s in Kermit’s community service that the

Congratulations Kermit, our community looks forward to celebrating and honoring your success at the 2015 Business Awards of Distinction. Kermit’s father was a mechanic and that’s the path he chose too. Having married his high school sweetheart Betty, he followed his dad to Campbell River in 1985. After arriving here, he began his automotive apprenticeship, completing it at Fountain Tire in 1991. He is a Red Seal Interprovincial Automotive licenced technician.

Auto, a franchise of OK Tire which has over 400 stores in Canada. He jokes that the bank did not want to lend him start-up money, judging that a tire business with sales under half a million dollars was not a good risk. Now, four years later, annual sales have reached nearly three million dollars.

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inal Wishes


Boyd’s Funeral Services understands the individual needs and challenges that arise when you are faced with the loss of a loved one. Whether it is assisting with final documents or arranging a unique and special tribute for that one of a kind service, Boyd’s is here to help. While Boyd’s does provide traditional burial and cremation services, they also offer a full range of new and extraordinary options to honour your loved one. Today cremated remains may involve a simple scattering or may be used to create fine art pieces and sculptures or one can now have a custom firework designed with the loved one’s cremated remains so you can truly go out with a bang! For something more traditional, Boyd’s Funeral Services can have the cremated remains transformed into fine gemstones, even synthetic diamonds that last a lifetime and beyond or for something extra special for the shining light of your life, their remains may be launched into deep space. There is also the option of having your final resting place on the surface of the moon for approximately the same cost as having a traditional burial, here on earth. From traditional services to unique and awe-inspiring celestial services, Boyd’s Funeral Services are here to help you through every decision and every detail.

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Diana MacLaren


Funeral Dierctor

Funeral Director Apprentice

Boyd’s Funeral Services is proud to introduce the newest member of the team: Diana MacLaren. Diana is a second year Funeral Director apprentice who brings with her a vitality and a compassion garnered from her years of experience as a Hospice Volunteer in the Comox Valley. Boyd’s Funeral Services is pleased to welcome her to Campbell River.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2015 Chamber Business Awards of Distinction.

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