Stars of Pemberton hailed by Chamber of Commerce awards

In a nod to Hollywood, this year the Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce glammed up the traditional Citizen of the Year Award, by launching Academy Awards that acknowledge the star-power in Pemberton, and that any thriving small town owes a big part of its performance to a host of Best Supporting Actors – small businesses, amazing volunteers, inspiring entrepreneurs, service clubs and citizens.

The 2010 Award Ceremony was held at the Legion on January 20, 2011, catered by rising star Western Promises Food, and the award recipients were:

2010 Citizen of the Year Award – Russell Mack

Fire chief and head of the Village of Pemberton’s Public Works Department, Mack moved to Pemberton in 1991 while still fighting fires in Richmond. For the past 15 years, he has worked in Pemberton, heading up the Pemberton Fire Rescue team, who cover an area of 500km and handle approximately 250 calls a year.  Mack is pictured here receiving his award from Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Kirsten McLeod.

New Business of the Year – Blackbird Bakery

Professionally trained chefs, Richard and Raven, have brought their amazing skills to build Pemberton its very own village bakery. Loosely inspired by the French bakery, and world-class in its offerings, Blackbird is unashamedly local, integrating as much local produce into their offerings, from Pemberton Valley Coffee to Across the Creek Organics’ potatoes to Namasthe herbal teas.

Business of Year  – Small Potatoes Bazaar

Their fresh take on the dollar store concept has supplied trendy homewares, seasonal decor, party supplies, jewelry, art supplies, with a constantly refreshed line, helpful service and great value, 7 days a week. Small Potatoes Bazaar was also awarded Business of Year in 2009.

Customer Service Award winner – Deb Williamson of Small Potatoes Bazaar.

This new award was created to recognise a business that provides its customers with a consistency of excellence in quality service and/or products beyond customer expectations.

Community Service Award winner – Stewardship Pemberton Society

Stewardship Pemberton Society is currently working to construct an Eco-Interpretive Centre on the northeast corner of One Mile Lake Park. The centre will host displays and learning opportunities that aim to promote biodiversity and sustainable behaviour. Displays will focus in particular on the Lillooet River watershed, drawing on First Nations traditional knowledge of the area.


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