Excellence awarded at Elkford Chamber of Commerce’s annual event

Six winners were applauded at the 2023 Business Excellence Awards.

Group of volunteers with Elkford Trails Alliance.

Members of the Elkford Trails Alliance celebrate their win! — Photo courtesy Elkford Chamber of Commerce/Facebook

Elkford’s Community Conference Centre was the place to be on October 21st as the annual Elkford Business Excellence Awards got underway.

Hosted by the Elkford Chamber of Commerce, this year’s event recognized six different individuals, businesses and organizations for their contributions towards the region’s vibrancy and success.

Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Business of the Year: Remax - Crystal Tennant/Stephanie Kniert

This year’s Business of the Year award went to Re/Max—in particular, two valued and hard-working realtors: Crystal Tennant and Stephanie Kniert. Both women live and work in the Elk Valley which makes them extremely knowledgeable about the many charms of the region. Congratulations to Crystal, Stephanie and the entire Re/Max team.

Amanda Mori, owner of Summit Osteopathy, standing in front of balloon banner.

Amanda Mori, owner of Summit Osteopathy, took home this year's Small Business of the Year award. — Photo courtesy Elkford Chamber of Commerce/Facebook

Small Business of the Year: Summit Osteopathy

Amanda Mori is the owner of Summit Osteopathy. For those not in the know, osteopathy is a holistic, non-invasive therapy that aims to create optimal alignment in the body. Hands-on treatment aims to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems, which in turn, gives your body the foundation it needs to self-heal to its full potential.

Industrial Business: Precision Arc Industries

This welding and machine shop serves the local mining industry, heavy equipment operators and contractors, as well as the general public. Owner Chris Duthie is a Journeyman welder and machinist. His business is founded on quality workmanship and efficient service.

Customer Service: Chevron

The management of the local Chevron have worked hard to create a friendly store atmosphere, with helpful staff and a smile for every customer. Congratulations to the entire team at Chevron.

Close-up of Elkford Business Award.

Precision Arc Industries is a well-known welding and machine shop. The business was recognized as the Industrial Business of the Year. — Photo courtesy Elkford Chamber of Commerce/Facebook

Non-Profit: Elkford Trails Alliance

Founded by a group of outdoor-minded volunteers in 2020, the Elkford Trails Alliance is committed to advancing the use of Elkford’s non-motorized trails network. Members work towards expanding the trail network and utilizing shared use trails with other stakeholders.

Volunteer of the Year: Shawna Bryant

Shawna Bryant is currently serving as a first-time councillor for the District of Elkford. She also sits on the Youth Action Network Commission, Teck Community Effects Advisory Committee and Official Community Plan Advisory Committee. She’s a passionate advocate and volunteer for local non-profit organizations.

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