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New Westminster chamber announces nominees in business, citizen of year awards

The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce has announced nominees for the Platinum Awards to be held Nov. 15.

The Platinum Awards celebrate business and community excellence in New Westminster. They recognize businesses and individuals whose achievements and contributions to the community distinguish them from their peers.

In the past, the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce has presented two separate event evenings recognizing this excellence in our community. These events in the past were known as COBE (Celebration of Business Excellence) and Citizen of The Year/Bernie Legge Cultural Award. This year, a task force of chamber volunteers has assembled to deliver one gala celebration in New Westminster.

“We are thrilled with the response to the Platinum Awards,” said chamber president Andrew Hopkins. “Our nominees have expressed their appreciation in how we are acknowledging their excellence and contributions in our business community.”

The 2012 nominees are:

Not for Profit Organization over One Million Dollars in Revenue

West Coast Genesis Society

Urban Academy

Last Door Recovery Centre

Not for Profit Organization Under One Million Dollars in Revenue

Hyack Festival Association

Douglas College Foundation

Fraser River Discovery Centre

K.I.D.S Daycare

Best Sustainable Business Practices

I DIG Gardening

Douglas College

Outstanding Customer Service- Individual

Derek at Freshico

Stephen at Tres Gellato

Michael at Redbrick

Joanne at Sonse Home Design

Outstanding Customer Service- Business

The Keg

Charlie’s Pet Spa

Cadeaux Gifts

NEW Small Business of the Year

Pamola Bakery

Pink Ribbon Bakery

Lavender House B&B

Beesafe Solutions

Bosley’s Pet Food Plus

NEW Medium Sized Business of the Year

Wild Rice Restaurant

Landmark Cinemas

NEW Large Sized Business of the Year

Thrifty Foods

Safeway Plaza 88

Community Spirit Business of the Year

Key West Ford

G&F Financial Group

Douglas College

Wesgroup

SMALL Business of the Year

New West Cycle

The Network Hub

Charlie’s Pet Spa

Greens and Beans Deli

Cadeaux Gifts

Sonse Home Design

Mid Century Modern Home

MEDIUM Size Business of the Year

Donald’s Market

The Co-Operators 6th and 6th

Salient Group: Trapp Hollbrook

Frankie G’s

LARGE Size Business of the Year

Key West Ford

Westminster Savings

Starlight Casino

Citizen of the Year

Mary Wilson

Tej Kainth

Allen Domaas

Kenneth Williams

Neal Michael

Elvira ( Vi)  Meech

Sheila Comer

Farhan Lalji

Junior Citizen of the Year

Bronte Wagar

Lauren Lam

Ellen Colbourne

Bernie Legge Cultural Award

Renee Bucciarelli

Katherine Freund- Hainsworth

Angie Au Hemphill

The awards will be handed out at a special evening at La Perla Ballroom at River Market on Nov. 15. For information and tickets, visit visit www.newwestchamber.com, or call 604-521-7781.

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