2014 Golden Brush Finalists Announced

November 13, 2014

The finalists for this year’s Golden Brush Awards for excellence have been announced. Anyone can nominate businesses or individuals in Chemainus, Crofton, Thetis Island, Saltair and the surrounding rural area for an award.  Finalists are selected in each category, and these names are sent to Chamber members for the final decision on who should receive the award this year. The award recipients are announced at the Awards Dinner and Auction on Saturday, November 29, at the Chemainus Seniors Centre. Here are the finalists with a few excerpts from the nomination forms. Good Neighbour Award: A business (of any kind) that goes out of its way to meet the needs of local residents and promotes local shopping.

  • Book Nook – go out of their way to help people
  • Chemainus Foods – free delivery, Sunday craft market, help with anything
  • Chemainus Pharmasave – free prescription delivery, fax, copying, battery recycling, and more
  • Dayliner Club Car Cafe – community gathering place
  • Twisted Sisters Tea Room – stay open late, hangout for musicians, help with anything, community minded

Food Service Business of the Year: A restaurant, pub, coffee shop, caterer or food kiosk

  • Maple Lane Café (formerly Crafty Cuppa) – excellent food, always a smile, goes above and beyond
  • Odika Cafe – Unique food, international food not found elsewhere, welcoming
  • Twisted Sisters Tea Room – comfortable, warm, friendly, great teas
  • Willow Street Cafe – great staff, friendly, entrepreneurial spirit, community involvement

Retail Business of the Year

  • Bound to be Different – unique, innovative, creative atmosphere
  • Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store – part of the community “forever”, bring people into Chemainus
  • Chemainus Pharmasave – excellent pharmacists, ear piercing, makeovers
  • Rexall Drugs – great service, go the extra mile, knowledgeable

Manufacturing Business of the Year

  • Thermoproof Windows and Doors – great service, quality windows
  • Vancouver Island Soap Factory – natural products, nice people who work hard, good ethics
  • Western Forest Products Chemainus Mill – worked to reduce noise for neighbours, good employer

Trades Person or Contractor of the Year

  • B&H Tire – service on time, keeps you informed
  • McBride’s Service Station – reliable friendly service
  • Tim Openshaw Construction – excellent tradesmen, high quality builder

Professional Service Business of the Year

  • Chemainus Valley Courier – excellent, covers local news
  • CIBC, Chemainus Branch – they know my name, no problem ever too big
  • CRV TEK I.T. Consulting – dependable computer service, never any delays
  • Mary Lynn Bancroft, Lawyer – friendly, honest service

Personal Service Business of the Year

  • Doc the Barber – quick service, precise detail, quality cuts
  • Flowering Tree Natural Spa – skilled professionals, personalized service
  • Sheer Impressions and Trout’s Barber Shop – personal and professional services, much needed
  • Urban Legends Salon & Spa – attention to detail, expert service, friendly

Customer Service (an Individual)

  • Andre & Sam Veilleux, CRV TEK I.T. Consulting – No problem too big or too small, reasonable prices
  • Debra Young and Teresa Davies, Twisted Sisters Tea Room – warm, friendly, remember customers and preferences
  • Julie Stevens, Maple Lane Café (formerly Crafty Cuppa) – big welcoming smile, impeccable service, good food
  • Marina Kereliuk, Odika Cafe – remembers people and their favourites, personalized service, “I feel like family”

Customer Service (an Individual)

  • Andre & Sam Veilleux, CRV TEK I.T. Consulting – No problem too big or too small, reasonable prices
  • Debra Young and Teresa Davies, Twisted Sisters Tea Room – warm, friendly, remember customers and preferences
  • Julie Stevens, Maple Lane Café (formerly Crafty Cuppa) – big welcoming smile, impeccable service, good food
  • Marina Kereliuk, Odika Cafe – remembers people and their favourites, personalized service, “I feel like family”

Volunteer of the Year

  • Kathy Copley, Legion – every Friday night bingo, grounds maintenance, volunteers for everything
  • Karen Hopkins, Neighbourhood House, CV Cultural Arts Soc., Little Town Christmas – a lot of work behind the scenes
  • Gerald Lovett – Little Town Christmas Santa, Chemainus booster

Tickets for the Awards Dinner and Auction are available at the Visitor Centre in Chemainus. Information from 250-246-3944 or chamber [at] chemainus [dot] bc [dot] ca

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