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PHOTOS: Powell River Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

Business owners and organization were recognized at a ceremony in Dwight Hall

After a two-year hiatus due to a global pandemic, the 2022 Powell River Chamber of Commerce Business Awards took place on Saturday, February 4, at Dwight Hall in Townsite.

Some of the winners not photographed were Steve Brooks, founder and manager of Townsite Public Market, who won in the Entrepreneur of the Year category, while The Chopping Block won for best customer service. The tourism award went to PRISMA, a yearly festival that brings world-renowned guest artists to the region.

Aboriginal Business of the Year went to Tla’amin Convenience Store; JehJeh Media was runner-up. Bob Marquis Contracting won the Forestry Sector Award.

Some big cheers were given to many runners-up, including River City Coffee, Two Wheel Tech, Powell River Farmers’ Market; Tyler Woods/Aero Services Ltd; Sean Lawry/Big O Tires; and Sunshine Disposal and Recycling.


Home-based Business:

Winner: Ever Red Fresh Designs

Runner-up: Perfect Fit for Brides & Grads


New Business of the Year:

Winner: 460 Realty

Runner-up: The VK Wellness Initiative


Entrepreneur of the Year:

Winner: Steve Brooks, Townsite Public Market

Runner-up: Diana Paloma Rodriguez, Iguanas Mexican Grill


Agricultural Award:

Winner: Windfall Farm

Runner-up: Powell River Farmers' Market


Customer Service:

Winner: The Chopping Block

Runner-up: FreshCo Powell River


Customer Service - Hospitality:

Winner: Dairy Queen Powell River

Runner-up: River City Coffee Roasters, Bakery and Urban Eatery


Not-For-Profit Excellence Award:

Winner: Miklat Recovery Society

Runner-up: Powell River Salmon Society


Forestry Sector:

Winner: Bob Marquis Contracting Ltd.

Runner-up: Powell River Community Forest Ltd.


Aboriginal Business:

Winner: Tla'amin Convenience Store

Runner-up: Jehjehmedia


Sustainability Award:

Winner: First Credit Union

Runner-up: Sunshine Disposal & Recycling


Tourism Award:

Winner: PRISMA Festival & Academy

Runner-up: Jimmy Jack Charters.


Small Business of the Year:

Winner: Afterglow Hair Lounge

Runner-up: Two Wheel Tech


Employee of the Year:

Winner: Pieta Woolley, qathet Living

Runner-up: Tyler Woods, Aero Services Ltd


Employer of the Year:

Winner: Melanie Jordan, Sunshine Coast Health Centre

Runner-up: Sean Lawry, Big O Tires & Coast Auto Centre


Business Excellence Award:

Winner: qathet Living