The best in business and citizenry were celebrated on Friday as part of the annual Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce gala.
Retired Scotiabank Manager now Bulldogs volunteer Dewayne Parfitt was named the 2018 Citizen of the year, and said he was overwhelmed by the award.
Parfitt said he was blessed to move here in 1989 and giving back to the community is important for him.
Citizen of the Year – Dewayne Parfitt
Volunteer of the Year – David Wiwchar
Chamber Award – Sonja Drinkwater
Special Recognition – Rick Geddes
Women’s Leadership – Naomi Nicholson
Youth of the Year – Laurel Davidson, Aaron Badovinic, Malaika Stone, Brandi Andreeff
Business Excellence – Naesgards Market
Heath and Wellness – Jan Norman
Spirit of Music – Char’s Landing
Business Investment – EM Salon
Social Media – Electron Metalworks
Green Award – Alberni Aquarium
Customer Service – Pacific Rim Veterinary
Ambassador of Service – Shauna Jasken
Rising Star – Twin City Brewery
Tourism & Hospitality – China Creek Campground & Marina
Most Welcoming Workplace – Azalea Flowers
Visionary Award – 100+ Women Who Care