Tolko Industries named business of the year at Williams Lake chamber awards

Tolko Industries Ltd. was named Business of the Year at the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Saturday, Nov. 12. Posing with the award from Tolko are Jeff Green, safety and asset protection advisor, left, Jason Favel, plant manager and Ken Hunt, finishing and superintendent, along with Jason Ryll, chamber executive director. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Tolko Industries Ltd. was named Business of the Year at the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Saturday, Nov. 12. Posing with the award from Tolko are Jeff Green, safety and asset protection advisor, left, Jason Favel, plant manager and Ken Hunt, finishing and superintendent, along with Jason Ryll, chamber executive director. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Kay Roberts (from left), Nicky Shaver, Teneal Schick and Kallie Schick of Schickworks Signs & Stitches accept the Greatest Improvement/Adaptability Award at the business excellence awards Saturday, Nov. 12. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Kay Roberts (from left), Nicky Shaver, Teneal Schick and Kallie Schick of Schickworks Signs & Stitches accept the Greatest Improvement/Adaptability Award at the business excellence awards Saturday, Nov. 12. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
RBC Royal Bank’s Deb Currie (from left), Trystin Ransome and Joyce Chesley present Walk-Rite Shoes owner Melanie Ablitt the Retail Experience Award during the chamber’s business excellence awards. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)RBC Royal Bank’s Deb Currie (from left), Trystin Ransome and Joyce Chesley present Walk-Rite Shoes owner Melanie Ablitt the Retail Experience Award during the chamber’s business excellence awards. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake First Nation CAO, Aaron Mannella, from left, Daniel Penny, chief operating officer of Unity and Sugar Cane Cannabis, WLFN Councillor Anne Louie accept the Newsmaker of the Year award, sponsored by the Williams Lake Tribune and presented by publisher Kathy McLean.Williams Lake First Nation CAO, Aaron Mannella, from left, Daniel Penny, chief operating officer of Unity and Sugar Cane Cannabis, WLFN Councillor Anne Louie accept the Newsmaker of the Year award, sponsored by the Williams Lake Tribune and presented by publisher Kathy McLean.
Amber Stratton of Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association presents the Tourism Excellence Award to The Historic Chilcotin Lodge owners and operators Kurt and Brenda Van Ember and their son Kris Van Ember. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Amber Stratton of Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association presents the Tourism Excellence Award to The Historic Chilcotin Lodge owners and operators Kurt and Brenda Van Ember and their son Kris Van Ember. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Christina Roderus with Mike Austin Financial Services, left, presents Women’s Contact Society executive director Irene Willsie, centre, and board member Alison Sutherland with the Not-for-Profit Award. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Christina Roderus with Mike Austin Financial Services, left, presents Women’s Contact Society executive director Irene Willsie, centre, and board member Alison Sutherland with the Not-for-Profit Award. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Jeff Green, safety and asset protection coordinator with Tolko Industries Ltd., left, and Ken Hunt, finishing and superintendent, accept the Business of the Year Award presented by Karen Eden, executive director of Community Futures of the Cariboo Chilcotin who sponsors the award and chamber executive director Jason Ryll. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Jeff Green, safety and asset protection coordinator with Tolko Industries Ltd., left, and Ken Hunt, finishing and superintendent, accept the Business of the Year Award presented by Karen Eden, executive director of Community Futures of the Cariboo Chilcotin who sponsors the award and chamber executive director Jason Ryll. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
City economic development officer Beth Veenkamp dressed for the era. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)City economic development officer Beth Veenkamp dressed for the era. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Having fun at the photo booth, which was a popular addition to the gala. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Having fun at the photo booth, which was a popular addition to the gala. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Karen Sokolan and Kathy Peterson donned Roaring 20s attire for the chamber excellence awards. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Karen Sokolan and Kathy Peterson donned Roaring 20s attire for the chamber excellence awards. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson was the MC for the gala and praised the chamber committee for decorating the Thompson Rivers University gym for the event. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson was the MC for the gala and praised the chamber committee for decorating the Thompson Rivers University gym for the event. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Mentalist Eric Samuels, right, leads five participants through a lying exercise during the chamber gala. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Mentalist Eric Samuels, right, leads five participants through a lying exercise during the chamber gala. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Production and Manufacturing Award nominee OT Timber Frames staff and partners taking advantage of the photo booth at the gala while looking dressed for the part. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Production and Manufacturing Award nominee OT Timber Frames staff and partners taking advantage of the photo booth at the gala while looking dressed for the part. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce president Paul French thanks his committee for their work putting on the chamber awards gala. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce president Paul French thanks his committee for their work putting on the chamber awards gala. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Ramona Wiggli and Danelle Fuller of Williams Lake and District Daycare, nominated for Not for Profit Award. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Ramona Wiggli and Danelle Fuller of Williams Lake and District Daycare, nominated for Not for Profit Award. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Hugh Stahl Memorial Award nominee Sunny Dyck, third from left, and her crew were dressed up for the chamber gala in great style. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Hugh Stahl Memorial Award nominee Sunny Dyck, third from left, and her crew were dressed up for the chamber gala in great style. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake Mayor Surinderpal Rathor speaks during the opening of the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce business excellence awards. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Williams Lake Mayor Surinderpal Rathor speaks during the opening of the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce business excellence awards. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Trenisa Durfeld and Linda Smith about to check out the silent auction at the chamber excellence awards. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Trenisa Durfeld and Linda Smith about to check out the silent auction at the chamber excellence awards. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake Optometry, nominated for the Service Excellence Awards, was well-represented at the chamber excellence awards. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Williams Lake Optometry, nominated for the Service Excellence Awards, was well-represented at the chamber excellence awards. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Girls just wanna have fun. Williams Lake and District Daycare staff enjoy the photo booth at the chamber gala. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Girls just wanna have fun. Williams Lake and District Daycare staff enjoy the photo booth at the chamber gala. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Tolko Industries Ltd. was named Business of the Year at the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards gala held Saturday, Nov. 12.

The award was sponsored by Community Futures and every nominee for all the categories was considered for the award.

Other award winners included:

Schickworks Signs and Stitches – Greatest Improvement/Adaptability Award, sponsored by PMT.

Walk-Rite Shoes – Retail Experience Award, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.

Sugar Cane Cannabis – Newsmaker of the Year Award, sponsored by the Williams Lake Tribune.

Red Tomato Pies – Production and Manufacturing Award, sponsored by Mueller Electric Div II Ltd.

The Historic Chilcotin Lodge – Tourism Excellence Award, sponsored by Cariboo Chilcotin Tourism Association.

Women’s Contact Society – Not For Profit Award, sponsored by Mike Austin Financial Services Ltd.

The Bean Counter Bistro and Coffee – Service Excellence Award, sponsored by the Williams Lake and District Credit Union.

City councillor and business owner Scott Nelson received the Hugo Stahl Memorial Award, sponsored by the city of Williams Lake. The award recognizes people who have dedicated time and resources to improving Williams Lake area and encourages volunteerism.

Brian Goodrich received the Ken Wilson Memorial Award, sponsored by the chamber. Wilson was a long-time volunteer with the chamber and many other organizations in the community.

Held at Thompson Rivers University, the gym was decorated for the Roaring 20s theme, which provided a perfect backdrop as most of the people in attendance wore outfits to match the era.

“I think people are so glad to be attending this event after a couple of years,” Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Doerkson said of the fact the gala was cancelled during the pandemic. Doerkson was the MC for the night.

Chamber president Paul French thanked the committee for organizing the gala.

“They outdid themselves,” he said of the decorations.

The city’s new mayor Surinderpal Rathor said it was an honour to attend.

“You are the backbone – our business people,” he said.

Karen Eden, executive director of Community Futures gave a ‘shout out to all the entrepreneurs.

“Without you we wouldn’t be here,” Eden said.

Chamber executive director Jason Ryll said it was the 25th business excellence awards, adding they went the with theme because it was the first one in the 2020s due to it being cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CJ’s Southwestern Grill provided the dinner, which was sponsored by Williams Lake First Nation.

There was a silent auction and an hour of audience-participation entertainment at the hands of Eric Samuels, a mentalist from the Lower Mainland.

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