Businesses Honoured at Chemainus’ Golden Brush Awards Dinner November 29, 2014

December 1, 2014

The annual Golden Brush Awards Dinner and auction was held Saturday, November 29 at the Chemainus Senior’s Centre.

The Awards recognize excellence in businesses and individuals, particularly those that contribute to the community.  Nominations are accepted from anyone in the community, and the Chamber members select who should receive the awards in each category.

This year there were over 260 nominations in nine categories.  The tenth category, the President’s Award, is chosen by the Chamber President with input from the Board of Directors.

This year’s award recipients are:

Good Neighbour Award:  Chemainus Foods

The staff at this long established downtown grocery store is always helpful with special attention paid to seniors. They also do a lot for the community including the Food Bank and other organizations.

Food Service Business of the Year:  Willow Street Café

Super friendly, consistently good food and service make this the place to visit in downtown Chemainus. The service is personalized; the staff pays special attention to every visitor whether they’re in for a coffee or stopping for lunch.

Retail Business of the Year:  Bound to be Different

What can you say … this quirky shop lives up to its name. Unique, fun, with creative owners that have really added something to the business community of Chemainus. You’ll find the odd and unusual in Bound to Be Different on Chemainus Road.

Manufacturing Business of the Year: Thermoproof Windows and Doors

Great quality and outstanding service say our nominators.  A well established Chemainus business that contributes to the community.

Trades Person or Contractor of the Year:  Tim Openshaw Contracting

Here’s a compliment from one of the nominees: “An honest, gracious gentleman.” That says a lot about Tim who demands high standards from his sub-contractors and ensures that his customers get value and quality.

Professional Service Business of the Year:   Chemainus Valley Courier

For almost a decade the Chemainus Valley Courier has been serving the people of Chemainus with a monthly newspaper we can call our own. It’s all about us and reminds us of what a great place we call home.

Personal Service Business of the Year: Doc the Barber

An old-style service that is true to its roots as an old-style barbershop. James and Doc have a relaxing shop that provides quick, expert service at affordable prices. Not quite “shave and a haircut … two bits” but very affordable say our nominators.

Customer Service:  Debra Young  and Teresa Davies, Twisted Sisters Tea Room

Teresa  and Debra have been in business for about a decade now. And boy have they got the hang of it. Great customer service … they remember everyone’s name and what the customers like to order. Everyone’s a regular at Twisted Sisters.

Volunteer of the Year:  Karen Hopkins

The list of organizations that Karen helps is long and diverse. She’s a driving force in the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society – those are the folks that bring us Music in the Park on Tuesday nights throughout the summer … as well as several great festivals. She’s on the Little Town Christmas committee and helps out at Neighbourhood House. Quiet, unassuming … Karen does a lot of work behind the scenes and is rarely acknowledged.

President’s Award:  Ron Neubauer

This prestigious award is given annually to a special person in our community. Someone whose efforts somehow don’t fit into any of the Golden Brush categories.

This year’s recipient of the President’s Award is certainly one of those special people. And one of those individuals whose contributions go largely unacknowledged most of the time.  This year’s recipient has lived in Chemainus for more than 30 years. To those close to him he is known as an incredibly hard worker and an outstanding family man.

In past years he was a key person in hanging and looking after the beautiful flower baskets that Chemainus is so proud of every summer. This was a volunteer effort.

He also played a key role in the distribution of Christmas hampers, personally delivering a little Christmas cheer to Chemainus families who needed a little help at this time of year.

In recent years he has been the driving force in raising funds for the annual Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. Largely, through his efforts, more than $57,000 has been donated to Cops for Cancer. This year, alone, a cheque for $10,000 was presented to Tour de Rock.

The recipient is Ron Neubauer who … when he’s not running a year-round garage sale for Tour de Rock at the 49th Parallel Grocery’s old store near the ferry terminal … is the supervisor for the 49th’s two stores in Chemainus and Duncan.


For more information.
Contact Jeanne Ross,
Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce
chamber [at] chemainus [dot] bc [dot] ca