The Chamber was proud to present the winners of the 21st Annual Business Excellence Awards at a sold-out evening on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. It was our largest Awards Gala to date, with almost 300 people at Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club! Please help us in congratulating ALL the finalists and winners of the night. It was a beautiful evening celebrating and honouring business excellence in our community! A sincere thank you to the sponsors, judges, Board of Directors, business partners, vendors and volunteers for all their contributions and support!
Congratulations to the Award Winners!
Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees)
Important update: It was discovered after the award ceremony that there was actually a tie between the top two contenders in this category. The Chamber, judges, and Events Committee are pleased to recognize the following 2 businesses as the winners in the category. Adam McCormick, owner of Grey Haven Hobbies & Games was presented with his award by with a bottle of champagne.
Dream Orthodontics has been proudly serving South Surrey and White Rock for almost 12 years to help their clients achieve a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Led by Dr. Amani Morra, the all-female staff of highly committed orthodontic professionals seek to provide the best customer experience through human connection and by utilizing the latest technology. Dream Orthodontics supports many local athletic teams, schools, and initiatives. Dr. Morra is also a member of Elite Women in Orthodontics Mastermind Group, a handful of top level female orthodontists in North America that meet to exchange ideas and stay on top of the latest innovations in orthodontic practice.
Grey Haven Games specializes in many hobby and gaming needs, including board games, card games, models, tournaments, and various other endeavors. The store has been serving the community for over 25 years. Owner Adam McCormack took on the opportunity at the White Rock shop in 1994 when he was still studying in university because he adored games and business. He has created a space that is welcoming, inclusive, and gives its clients a feeling of belonging and family. Grey Haven is considered by some as the backbone of the gaming community in the lower mainland and has become a destination for its loyal clients, near and far.
EDGE... Fashion on the Edge, Everbean Café + Community, Live Yoga, Servcomm Communications Ltd.
Medium Business of the Year (11-40 employees)
Southridge Dental offers a complete array of dental services and treatments using the latest technology and innovations. Their patients are cared for by a fun-loving team in a safe and comfortable environment. Led by Dr. San Bhatha, the Southridge Dental team is also passionate about giving back to the community. Some of the initiatives include purchasing warm winter coats, boots, and dental supplies for students at a Surrey school and providing free dental care to a handful of families and children in need. The office is environmentally conscious, being paperless and fully digital since their doors were opened in 2006.
Cleveland Doan LLP, FlinnWest Solutions Inc., Magnum Nutraceuticals, Ocean Promenade Hotel, White Rock U-Lock Mini Storage
Large Business of the Year (41+ employees)
Starline Windows has been a leader in the design and manufacturing of architectural aluminum window systems as well as residential vinyl windows and doors for over 50 years. They strive to foster an internal culture of challenge. They believe this begins with their employees and their need to be inspired. As a family business in the Surrey area and a company that has always driven the market farther than its competitors, Starline is always trying to change the industry and continue to grow locally. Starline employs over 800 employees in its Campbell Heights facility.
Penguin Meat Supply, Schill Insurance Brokers Ltd., TD Canada Trust, Westland Insurance
New Business of the Year
Zapoteca Mexican Grill & Seafood is a full-service southern Mexican restaurant that provides high quality foods and drinks in a casual environment. Serving authentic Mexican food inspired by the Zapotec indigenous civilization and traditional and popular culinary works of Oaxaca and southern Mexico, Zapoteca aims to provide an education to its clientele in Mexican cuisine as well as a more authentic dining experience.
Floor Envy Supply & Renovations Ltd., Joyful Indulgence Bakeshop Cafe, The Sweat Box Strength & Conditioning Ltd.
Non-Profit Organization of the Year
The Semiahmoo Rotary Club is a fun and energetic group of business and community people that was created to provide a morning club for the South Surrey and White Rock area. Members come together to exchange ideas, form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in our local and global community. Over the years since the organization’s founding in 1989, the Semiahmoo Rotary Club has been involved in many initiatives and events benefitting the local community and encourages inclusivity.
CARP - A New Vision of Aging for Canada, Semiahmoo Community Safety Society, Surrey White Rock Community Engagement Society, WorldServe Thrift Store, White Rock Farmers' Market
Supporter of the Arts Business of the Year
Addictive Comedy harnesses the power of humour to inspire change in the world and smash stigmas surrounding addiction, mental illness, trauma and loss. Their staff teach people how to tell their stories through stand-up comedy using a therapeutic model incorporating connection, vulnerability, and healing. Dedicated to creating a culture of recovery, support and self-development, on-going courses run all year round for 10 weeks each and help people build confidence, learn and develop personal skills. Courses end with an Addictive Comedy show featuring students sharing their story which is an artistic and uproarious therapeutic tool for both performers and their audiences.
Blue Frog Studios, Nuvo Music School, The White Rock Players' Club, White Rock Community Orchestra, XBa School of Dance
Community Builder Business of the Year
Save-On-Foods is a western Canadian grocer committed to “Going the Extra Mile” for their customers in every community served, every day. Known for customizing stores to best suit the neighbourhood, including carrying 2,500 locally-made products from 2,000 local growers and producers, the company has been putting customers first for over 100 years. Supporting community is part of the fabric of Save-On-Foods’s corporate culture. This has been evident in South Surrey and White Rock for decades. Save-On-Foods has contributed significant funds and resources to many local organizations, including the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation and Sources. Their unique and effective gift card program engages the community and many local businesses in fundraising for the local food bank.
Golden Glory Martial Arts Academy, Jan's on the Beach, Landmark Premiere Properties (White Rock) Ltd., Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, Oceana PARC / PARC Retirement Living
Business Person of the Year - Corporate
Tony Baena - President & CEO for PARC Retirement Living
Bob Bezubiak - Previous Branch Manager of TD Bank
Paul Cope - Vice President of Operations BC for Save-On-Foods
Business Person of the Year - Self Owned
Stewart Peddemors has been a strong supporter of the community since 1990. A restaurant owner and White Rock City Councillor for four terms before starting his current business, he has consistently made giving back to the community part of his successful business model. The list includes carving pumpkins for charity for 17 years, serving on numerous boards including the Peninsula Foundation for 10 years, being a Rotarian and supporting the Sources Food Bank card program, as well as getting very involved in the Friends of the Pier initiative that has raised more than $400,000.
Katherine DeVita - Owner and Principal of Ocean Pointe Business Centre
Shelley Jackson - Registered Massage Therapist and Owner of Buena Vista Massage Therapy Clinic
Ernie Klassen - Owner of Ashberry & Logan Floral Designers
Niki Rapanos - Owner of NKR Downsizing Solutions
Vikram Vij - Chef and Owner of My Shanti
Business Leader of the Year (U40) - new category
Piya Sandhu is a sales and marketing leader with a passion for gift-giving, locally made products, and interior design. She created The Handpicked Home in 2015 as an escape into a distinctive lifestyle shopping experience meant to evoke nostalgia and warmth through each item and design. Piya’s love for cultivating relationships with her customers and supporting other local small businesses in the community is what drives her every day. She has also grown a loyal following through her effective and authentic social media presence. Her business routinely gives back through contributions to local organizations, such as Kindred Farms, the White Rock Playhouse, Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, and Semiahmoo Arts, to name a few.
Ivneet Bains - President of Math4Me Learning Inc.
Steve Carter - Owner/Operator of Drive 365 Fitness
Dr. Monica Michel - Director of SOMA MD