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2014 Fernie Community & Business Excellence Awards Nominations Open September 1, 2014

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Nominations open on Tuesday September 2nd for the 2014 Fernie Community & Business Excellence Awards! It’s that time of year again where we recognize the best and brightest in our community.

Fernie Community & Business Excellence Awards

Nomination forms and boxes are available at the following locations:

- Fernie Chamber of Commerce Office
- Fernie Museum & Info Centre
- EK Employment Office
- Free Press Office
- City Hall Front Desk
- Aquatic Centre
- Arts Station
- Fernie Heritage Library
- and can also be downloaded online from- www.ferniechamber.com

This year there are 10 different award categories and two exciting new awards! The Retail Excellence Award as well as the Employee of the Year Award. These awards are sponsored by The Fernie Chamber of Commerce and EK Employment-Work BC respectively. The other awards this year will be:

- Citizen of the Year,
sponsored by The City of Fernie
- Entrepreneur of the Year,
sponsored by Community Futures East Kootenay
- Outstanding Customer Service Award,
sponsored by Fernie Alpine Resort
- Fernie Business of the Year,
sponsored by GPI Chartered Accountants
- New Business of the Year,
sponsored by GPI Chartered Accountants
- Community Impact Award,
sponsored by Finning
- Community Tourism Achievement Award,
sponsored by Tourism Fernie
- Volunteer of the Year Award,
sponsored by the Free Press

The Awards dinner will be held again this year at the Clubhouse Restaurant located at Fernie Golf & Country Club on Thursday October 23rd. With Riaz Meghji, co- host of Breakfast Television Vancouver as the guest speaker. In his talk, Riaz Meghji documents memorable conversations that some of the worlds most fascinating figures have engaged in to achieve success and, more importantly, realize their true sense of purpose. Through intimate interviews, Meghji uncovers what makes for great, life-changing social intercourse. This presentation is a candid and far-ranging look at how creative conversations can reinvent your business, reenergize your brand, and further develop your career. Audience members are reminded that the potential to have a game changing conversation can occur at any given moment as long as we remain open to the possibility.

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2014 Fernie Youth Achievement Award May 21, 2014

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Nominations are now open for the 2014 Fernie Youth Achievement Award. This award recognizes the contribution youth make to their community and is open to any youth 19 and under, who lives or volunteers in the City of Fernie and surrounding area. This young person has contributed to their community through volunteer service, and has demonstrated leadership abilities.

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Announcement of the winner to coincide with graduation 2014. Nomination forms and boxes are located in the offices at Fernie Secondary School and The Fernie Academy. As well as at the Fernie Heritage Library, City Hall and online at www.ferniechamber.com. Nominations close JUNE 13th. This is great recognition for resumes and post secondary applications.

This award is part of the Fernie Community & Business Excellence Awards and is sponsored by The Fernie Chamber of Commerce & The City of Fernie.

Download the nomination form here: Nomination Form youth achievement award 2014

New Board Elect at Fernie Chamber April 25, 2014

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On Thursday April 24th the Fernie Chamber of Commerce hosted our Annual General Meeting at The Stanford Hotel & Resort. The meeting passed by-law changes and introducing a new Board of Directors.

From left: Jonathan Levesque, Graeme Nunn, Sheila Byers, Todd Fyfe, Tammy Ogden, Tristan Woods, Vanessa Croome, Geof Hare, Aysha Haines. Not pictured: Andy Cohen, Jill Barclay, Ryan Frazer.

From left: Jonathan Levesque, Graeme Nunn, Sheila Byers, Todd Fyfe, Tammy Ogden, Tristan Woods, Vanessa Croome, Geof Hare, Aysha Haines. Not pictured: Andy Cohen, Jill Barclay, Ryan Frazer.

The Chamber thanks all the event sponsors: TECK, Goldstar Cleaning, CP Catering, Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge, TD Canada Trust, Isosceles Business Systems, Koocanusa Campsite & Marina, Haddad Financial Services, Rockies Law Corporation, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Mow & Snow-

They couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you as well to The Stanford Hotel & Resort for their hospitality and service. Lastly, thanks goes out to those businesses that donated door prizes- Tourism Fernie, The Tipple Cold Beer & Wine, Haddad Financial, The Fernie Visitor Centre, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

The Fernie Chamber is excited to continue providing great service to Fernie’s business community throughout 2014 and beyond!

Fernie Chamber of Commerce AGM April 1, 2014

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The Fernie Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting is coming up!

When: Thursday April 24th

Where: Stanford Hotel & Resort

Time:
8:00am-8:30am Coffee Reception

8:30am-9:30am Breakfast

9:30am-11:00am AGM business

Cost: Free for members of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce– limit 3 from any one business.

RSVP: Please RSVP before 5:00pm on Thursday April 17th to members@ferniechamber.com or 250-423-6868

The Chamber is looking for new Directors, please contact the Chamber if you are interested.

Who are directors?

Directors are people like yourself, who have taken a keen interest in creating a welcoming business climate in Fernie. They believe that the business community has a responsibility to the community as a whole, and that as individuals, working through the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, they can make a difference. Directors are leaders with a sense of direction and a strong desire to be part of a team that works in their community.

What do directors do?
Directors participate in the governance of the Chamber of Commerce, determining the focus and direction of the organization each year. Directors actively participate as representatives of the business community at various events, and meetings with all levels of government. Directors participate in committees that suit their skills and interests.

Where do directors do their work?
Directors meet at business functions and events, however, they also offer their services from their place of business as time allows.
In short – they’re at work in the community.

When do directors meet?

Directors meet in the Chamber of Commerce Board Room on the second Thursday of each month.

The Chamber hopes to hear from you!

Fernie Residential Housing Awards August 22, 2013

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The Fernie Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Home Builders Association Rocky Mountain are hosting their 1st Annual Residential Housing Awards.

If you have built a home or done a renovation in the Elk Valley (Koocanusa to Elkford) then we want you to enter for your chance to win the prestigious award and to be recognized amongst your peers and future clients. The awards will be presented at the 2013 Community & Business Excellence Awards evening on October 24. Nominations for the Community & Business Excellence Awards will open late August and close Sept 20th.

The four Award Categories are:

Best New Home Category under $500,000
Sponsored by Falkins Insurance
Category open to CHBA members
$50 per entry

Best New Home Category over $500,000

Sponsored by Focus Engineering
Category for CHBA members
$50 per entry

Best New Built Green home Silver, Gold or Platinum

Sponsored by FortisBC
Category open to CHBA members
$50 per entry

Best Renovation under $80,000
Sponsored by Fernie Home Building Centre
Category open to CHBA members and Non-members
$50 per entry for members
$75 per entry for non-members

Entry Closes: Sept 20th, 2013
Judging: Sept 21, 2013 to Oct 15, 2013
Awards: Oct 24, 2013

For more details on the awards or the Canadian Home Builders Association Rocky Mountain membership please contact Sharrie Paulsen at info@chbarm.com for details.

Established in 2003, Built Green Canada is a third party certification program for homes that are environmentally responsible. The “Built Green” name adds value to your home by promoting the use of practices and products that represents resource-efficient and environmentally construction.

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For more details visit
www.builtgreencanada.ca

Fernie 2013 Youth Achievement Award May 25, 2013

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Each year at the Annual Community and Business Excellence Awards Fernie recognizes those businesses and individuals that go the extra mile to make a difference in our community. One of those awards is presented to a well deserving youth in the community- The Youth Achievement Award. This award used to be presented alongside the other community and business awards in October. A couple years ago we decided to move it to coincide with graduation, and with that there was a much better response to this particular award- more individuals nominated, and more interest in the award itself.

June 2013 will mark the third year that the Youth Achievement Award has been presented to coincide with Graduation. Ballot boxes and ballots can be found here at the Fernie Chamber of Commerce and info Centre, Fernie Heritage Library, Fernie Secondary School and The Fernie Academy, as well as attached to this message.- Voting is open until June 10th

This award is sponsored by both the City of Fernie, and the Fernie Chamber of Commerce and recognizes the contribution youth make to their community and is open to any youth 19 and under, who lives or volunteers in the City of Fernie and surrounding area. This young person has contributed to their community through volunteer service, and has demonstrated leadership abilities.

Thank-you for taking the time to help recognize a well deserving youth in our community!

Click here for the nomination form: youth achievement award 2013

Fernie Chamber AGM Results April 26, 2013

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On Thursday April 25th the Fernie Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual General Meeting at Lizard Creek Lodge. They event drew 55 guests and a sincere thanks to those that attended.

A Special mention is extended to the AGM sponsors;
The Free Press, Teck, Fernie Real Estate Company, Grow Children’s and Maternity, Investors Group, Isosceles, Koocanusa Lake Campsite and Marina, IGS and TD Canada Trust.

Martin Brock of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory provided great chocolate treats and all those who kindly donated door prizes.

Thank you to Dr Mike Rumpel – Our Guest Speaker.

Special thanks to Lizard Creek Lodge who’s staff provided fantastic service and a wonderful breakfast.

At this time we would like to introduce our new Board of Directors:

Todd Fyfe
Ryan Doehle
Tanya Utenda
Tammy Ogden
Sheila Byers
Aysha Haines
Ev Cutts
Mel Mackay
Vanessa Croome
Tristan Woods
Jill Barclay
Andy Cohen

City representation – Councillor Willard Ripley (non voting)

Fernie Chamber of Commerce AGM April 5, 2013

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The Fernie Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting reviews the years financials, has a managers report, and elects new directors for the coming year. This year the format and timing has been modified to include a deluxe breakfast buffet!

Timing:
8:15am– Coffee Reception
8:30am-9:30am– Breakfast Buffet & Speaker
9:30am-10:30am– AGM Business
We invite you to make a difference in Fernie!

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is inviting nominations for the 2013 Board of Directors

Who are directors?
Directors are people like yourself, who have taken a keen interest in creating a welcoming business climate in Fernie. They believe that the business community has a responsibility to the community as a whole, and that as individuals, working through the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, they can make a difference. Directors are leaders with a sense of direction and a strong desire to be part of a team that works in their community.

What do directors do?
Directors participate in the governance of the Chamber of Commerce, determining the focus and direction of the organization each year. Directors actively participate as representatives of the business community at various events, and meetings with all levels of government. Directors participate in committees that suit their skills and interests.

Where do directors do their work?
Directors meet at business functions and events, however, they also offer their services from their place of business as time allows.
In short – they’re at work in the community.

When do directors meet?
Directors meet in the Chamber of Commerce Board Room on the second Thursday of each month.

Speaker:
Dr Mike Rumpel, B.Sc., DC
“Wellness at Work”

Cost:
Free for Fernie Chamber members, $30 for non-members

RSVP:
Seating is limited, reserve your spot before April 18th by calling 250-423-6868

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Black Friday is Coming to Fernie! November 1, 2012

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For those of you that haven’t heard, Fernie is having our very own Black Friday Shopping event on Friday November 23rd!

Lots of businesses are participating: Bunches, B2, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Giv’Er, Grow, Clawhammer Press, Freyja, Boardstiff,
Green Petal, Heaven Boutique, Ghostrider Trading Co., Odyssey, Carosella, Barkside, The Loaf, Cottonwood Tree, Side Street Sweet Shop,
Fernie Brewing, Bear Necessities, Hempire, Polar Peek Books, Elk River Guiding co, Extra Foods, The Free Press, IGS, Trillium Day Spa and more…

Retailers–If you don’t see you name on this list, but would like to take part, please respond to us here at the Fernie Chamber before November 9th.

Visit Our Website for FULL Details. www.FernieBlackFriday.blogspot.com

Fernie Community & Business Excellence Awards October 26, 2012

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Thank-you to everyone who came out to the Fernie Community & Business Excellence Awards evening last night, it was a great success!

Here are the results:

Citizen of the Year: Stephanie Rogers
Entrepreneurs of the Year: Vanessa Croome & Krista Turcasso of Claris Media-Fernie Fix Magazine
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Naomi Lentz of Heaven Boutique
Outstanding Customer Service: Freshies Coffee Company
Fernie Business of the Year: Fernie Brewing Company
New Business of the Year: Country Animal Hospital
Community Impact Award: The Arts Station
Chamber Business Excellence Awards: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Youth Achievement Award- given at graduation 2012 in June to: Jessica Teeple

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Stephanie Rogers and Mayor Mary Giuliano

A HUGE congratulations to all our winners, as well as all the nominees, you are Fernie’s finest!

Thanks again to all of the award sponsors- without you this evening of recognition would not be possible…
The City of Fernie, GPI Chartered Accountants, Community Futures East Kootenay, Finning, Teck, Fernie Alpine Resort, Columbia Basin Trust, Fernie Real Estate, The Free Press, and The Fernie Chamber of Commerce.

A special thanks to:
Bunches Flowers & Gifts for the lovely arrangements on each table, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for the chocolate favours, CP catering for the wonderful food & service, and our guest speaker Bruce Kirkby.

Thanks again to everyone involved.