Excellence Awards finalists announced 

Annual Chamber gala set for May 11

click to enlarge FILE PHOTO BY AVID BUZZARD/WWW.MEDIA-CENTRE.CA - EXCELLENCE Last year's Citizen of the Year Cathy Jewett
  • File photo by avid Buzzard/www.media-centre.ca
  • EXCELLENCE Last year's Citizen of the Year Cathy Jewett

Shine those shoes and straighten that tie — the 2017 Whistler Excellence Awards are just around the corner.

The annual Whistler Chamber gala is set for Thur., May 11 at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, presented by Blue Shore Financial and supported by the Community Foundation of Whistler and Arts Whistler, and will once again celebrate excellence in the areas of service, innovation, sustainability, the arts, community service and more.

This year's theme is Igniting Excellence, and the event will once again be hosted by Feet Banks.

With 320 tickets already sold, the Whistler Chamber expects this year's gala to be the largest to date.

For full event details head to www.whistlerchamber.com.

The 2017 Whistler Excellence Awards finalists are:

Business Person of the Year - Presented by BDO Canada

-Mike Conway - Back In Action

-Cheryl Skribe - Whistler Community Service Society

-Duane Hepditch - Guestfolio Communications

Citizen of the Year - Presented by Race & Company LLP

-Heather Paul

-Karl Ricker

-David Oakes

-Jennifer Erickson

Innovative Business of the Year - Presented by Community Futures Howe Sound

-Gogglesoc

-Zep Mountain Bike Camps

-Kahuna Paddle Boards

Rising Star of the Year - Presented by Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre

-Dana Friesen Smith - RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate

-Kevin Winter- Coast Mountain Brewing

-Kara McMaster- Caveman Grocer

Whistler Experience Service - Large Business - Presented by ServiceMaster Clean

-Whistler Public Library

-Scandinave Spa

-Fairmont Chateau Whistler - Mallard Lounge

Whistler Experience Service - Small Business - Presented by Thornhill Real Estate Group

-The Beacon Pub and Eatery

-Rocks and Gems Canada

-McCoo's

Sustainability in Action Business - Presented by Innergex

-Seeds Consulting

-AWARE

-Raven's Nest

Whistler Champion of Arts & Culture - Presented by The Whistler Real Estate Company Ltd

-Mountain Life Media

-Suzanne Greening

-Mountain FM Radio

Above & Beyond - Presented by Keir Fine Jewelry

-Nicole Baudisch - Whistler Blackcomb Staff Housing

-Mei Madden - Whistler Blackcomb Foundation

Lifetime Achievement Award - Presented by Resort Municipality of Whistler

-Chili Thom

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