Quesnel’s best businesses honoured at excellence award ceremony

Carlos Gonzalez accepts the Home Based Business award alongside chamber manager Kathy Somerville (far left), chamber director Lisa Foottit and Julia Dillabough from Telus, who sponsored the award. Gonzalez runs the Video Game Party Truck. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Carlos Gonzalez accepts the Home Based Business award alongside chamber manager Kathy Somerville (far left), chamber director Lisa Foottit and Julia Dillabough from Telus, who sponsored the award. Gonzalez runs the Video Game Party Truck. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Jamie Delves of Lil’ Red Pony Feed & Supplies took home the Agriculture Recognition Award. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Jamie Delves of Lil’ Red Pony Feed & Supplies took home the Agriculture Recognition Award. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Robert Green of Fountain Tire accepts the award for Business of the Year over 10 employees, sponsored by the College of New Caledonia. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Robert Green of Fountain Tire accepts the award for Business of the Year over 10 employees, sponsored by the College of New Caledonia. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Gilbert Schotel of Big Country Printers won Business Person of the Year, sponsored by the Quesnel Cariboo Observer. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Gilbert Schotel of Big Country Printers won Business Person of the Year, sponsored by the Quesnel Cariboo Observer. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Dragonfly Naturals Quesnel Ltd., owned by Nicole Dubuc won business of the year under 10 employees, sponsored by Community Futures Quesnel. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Dragonfly Naturals Quesnel Ltd., owned by Nicole Dubuc won business of the year under 10 employees, sponsored by Community Futures Quesnel. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
McDonald’s Quesnel Stephen Turner accepts the Community Inclusion Award from Dengarry Professional Service’s Stephanie Valois, who sponsored the award along with Work BC. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)McDonald’s Quesnel Stephen Turner accepts the Community Inclusion Award from Dengarry Professional Service’s Stephanie Valois, who sponsored the award along with Work BC. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Fraserview Pharmacy split the Customer Service Award with LRF Contracting Ltd. (From left to right) Tara Freeman, Glin Boudreau, Lee-Anne Williams, Sheila Klassan and Tamarrah Hanson celebrated in their downtown store. The award was sponsored by the Cariboo Country/The Goat radio stations. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Fraserview Pharmacy split the Customer Service Award with LRF Contracting Ltd. (From left to right) Tara Freeman, Glin Boudreau, Lee-Anne Williams, Sheila Klassan and Tamarrah Hanson celebrated in their downtown store. The award was sponsored by the Cariboo Country/The Goat radio stations. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Chamber manager Kathy Somerville and director Lisa Foottit present the award for greatest improvement to Quesnel Bakery ‘s Gerd Teetzen. The award was sponsored by Artemis Gold’s Blackwater Project. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Chamber manager Kathy Somerville and director Lisa Foottit present the award for greatest improvement to Quesnel Bakery ‘s Gerd Teetzen. The award was sponsored by Artemis Gold’s Blackwater Project. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Keith Belcourt and Brent Janischewski from LRF Contracting accept the award for customer service. It was sponsored by the Cariboo Country/The Goat radio stations (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Keith Belcourt and Brent Janischewski from LRF Contracting accept the award for customer service. It was sponsored by the Cariboo Country/The Goat radio stations (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Tracey Storaschuk, owner of 1862 Ceramics accepts the new business of the year award, presented by sponsors Dogan Dag from MNP (left) and Brett Roberts and Matthew Maglio from Willis Harper Home Hardware. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Tracey Storaschuk, owner of 1862 Ceramics accepts the new business of the year award, presented by sponsors Dogan Dag from MNP (left) and Brett Roberts and Matthew Maglio from Willis Harper Home Hardware. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Rotary’s Bev Haluschak accepts the Social Leadership Award alongside chamber manager Kathy Somerville and chamber director Matthew Maglio. The award was sponsored by West Fraser Mills. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Rotary’s Bev Haluschak accepts the Social Leadership Award alongside chamber manager Kathy Somerville and chamber director Matthew Maglio. The award was sponsored by West Fraser Mills. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Barkerville Gold Mines’ Hayley Archer and Paul Ratte stand on either side of Christine Miller of the Alex Fraser Park Society. The society won the tourism/hospitality award sponsored by Osisko Development. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Barkerville Gold Mines’ Hayley Archer and Paul Ratte stand on either side of Christine Miller of the Alex Fraser Park Society. The society won the tourism/hospitality award sponsored by Osisko Development. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Over the past week, the Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce has been honouring some of Quesnel’s best businesses at their annual business excellence awards.

The organization had to adapt due to new public health rules, so instead of as single large gala dinner with every award, the chamber held five dinners around Quesnel with different awards at each night.

Winners were given a framed photo of the Fraser River, taken from the Quesnel footbridge.

Speakers on different nights included RCMP Staff Sargent Darren Dodge, Quesnel councillor Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, mayor Bob Simpson and MLA Coralee Oakes.

Oakes is a former manager of the chamber.

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Winners of the business excellence award include:

Business Person of the Year: Gilbert Schotel (Big Country Printers)

Business of the Year (Over 10 employees): Fountain Tire

Business of the Year (Under 10 employees): Dragonfly Naturals Quesnel Ltd

Agriculture Recognition Award: Lil’ Red Pony Feed & Supplies

Greatest Improvement: Quesnel Bakery

Home Based Business Award: Video Game Party Truck

New Business of the Year: 1862 Ceramics

Tourism/Hospitality Award: Alex Fraser Park Society

Social Leadership Award: Rotary Club of Quesnel

Community Inclusion Award: McDonald’s Restaurant

Customer Service Award: LRF Contracting Ltd/Fraserview Pharmacy

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