Celebrating Hope businesses

Business Excellence Award winners recognized at gala

Adam Fitzpatrick performs an Elvis hit at the Business Excellence Awards gala last Thursday at the Hope Legion.

The Business Excellence Awards was once again a popular event, with about 120 people attending the gala last Thursday.

Presented by the Hope & District Chamber of Commerce, the evening gives residents an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions individuals and businesses make in improving the quality of life in Hope.

“From the tourism industry to trades, I believe this year’s event showcased businesses that are willing to go the extra mile in providing great customer service to their clients,” said Chamber president Glen Ogren.

“This year we saw nominees who are long-time residents of Hope and businesses that have moved back to the community being celebrated.”

Guests were treated to a buffet dinner by Lori’s Catering and a concert with Adam Fitzpatrick, who entertained the crowd with Elvis hits from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

The winner of the 2012 Established Business of the Year Award went to Cooper’s Foods and was presented to store manager Jeff Lebsack. Aside from friendly customer service and knowledgeable staff, the company was recognized for supporting numerous school and community events.

Other award recipients include:

• The Purple Fern Bodywork & Massage – New Business of the Year

• Envision Financial – Business Leader of the Year

• Coquihalla Veterinary Services – Professional Services

• Joe’s Restaurant – Food Services

• Destination Hope & Beyond – Accommodation/Tourism Industry

• Pharmasave – Customer Service Excellence

• Hope & Area Transition Society – Hope & Area Service

• Roger’s Upholstery – Home Based Business

• Dorite Contracting – Trade Industry

With the success of the Business Excellence Awards this year, Ogren said the Chamber may consider holding the event annually rather than every two years.

Check out next week’s edition of The Hope Standard for more coverage from the event and photos of the winners and nominees.