By Joanne McQuarrie

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The 23rd Annual Business Excellence Awards hosted by the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce on October 20 at the Ullr Bar was one of the most successful get-togethers yet, said executive director and master of ceremonies, Pete Bourke.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the event,” Bourke said. “It’s one of the strongest events in the history of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce – even before the COVID pandemic.”

Bourke pointed out two factors that led to such success: “The engagement of the voting public and the attendance at the awards ceremony.

‘We had 175 people in attendance, including ticket holders, sponsors and staff,” Bourke said.

The newly-introduced People’s Choice Award, which was chosen by votes from the public, was a hit. “We received over 2,500 votes,” Bourke said. “Everyone nominated was in the running for the People’s Choice Award.”

Several sponsors helped bring the evening together. Ullr Bar put on a delicious spread of food, and made sure folks were attended to throughout the evening. The red carpet reception was hosted by Avenue Modern Clothing. Pottery Playground created unique awards for the recipients. Palliser Printing provided the programs. 

Chamber president, Cris Leonard told the crowd that all nominees are deserving of recognition, and show the excellence in the membership of the chamber.