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80 businesses nominated for Tri-Cities Chamber excellence awards

Of the total, seven organizations have at least three nominations in hopes of adding some crystal to their offices.
Big Hearts Homecare won business of the year (30+ employees) at the 2022 Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) is one step closer to handing out more hardware.

A total of 80 businesses, non-profits and organizations make up a combined 100 nominations for this year's Business Excellence Awards.

This includes Hillcrest and Parkland Players Ltd., a Coquitlam child care provider that leads the way with four nominations across three of the annual event's eight categories. 

As well, there are seven businesses with three or more nods and 13 with at least two, ranging from in industry and company size — small, medium and large.

"Our Chamber takes pride in bringing together business and community leaders for a premier gala to celebrate and recognize outstanding organizations and individuals that demonstrate excellence in business and a passion for the community," said TCCC CEO Leslie Courchesne.

More than 1,000 organizations across Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra are represented by the Chamber.

Courchesne explained two panels of five anonymous judges will pick the finalists ahead of the 2023 awards night after reviewing the nomination forms for each category.

Nearly 100 individual businesses were nominated last year for the 2022 excellence awards, which were then cut down to 37 finalists.

The 2023 Business Excellence Awards gala is tentatively set for April 29 at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam (2080 United Blvd.), where the winners will be unveiled.

For more information about the honours, you can visit the TCCC's website.

Categories and nominees

Business of the Year (1-10 employees)

2022 winner: Squish Juicery

  • 3 C Cloud
  • Ashney's Artisan Company
  • Aultrust Financial
  • Avrio Accounting Solutions Inc.
  • Belle Box n' Bow
  • Bone and Biscuit
  • Boro and Beyond
  • Bridgewell Real Estate
  • Bulging Gift Baskets Vancouver
  • Carrie Bokser The Mortgage Group
  • Cassandra Cake Co.
  • Core Consulting Services
  • Every Step Immigration
  • Integrated Selling
  • Jamie Banfield Design Inc.
  • Jamila's Kitchen and Grill
  • Kaifko Creative
  • Admin Virtuosa
  • Mary Hill Fit Body Boot Camp
  • Math4me Learning
  • Nandos Coquitlam
  • NexGen Accounting Inc.
  • Parsa World Agency
  • PoCo Sweets
  • Rented123
  • Spotlight Events
  • Supplement King Port Moody
  • Synergy on Boards
  • Synthesis Legal
  • The Clay Warehouse
  • The Fountainhead Network
  • Tri-Cities Cleaning
  • Uptown Notaries

Business of the Year (11-30 employees)

2022 winner: Strive Health and Performance 

  • Bump Physio and Co.
  • CODE Ninjas
  • Garton and Harris
  • Heymandi
  • Hillcrest and Parkland Players Ltd.
  • Kairos Law Corporation
  • Manhas Health Co.
  • Prestige Cleaning Services
  • Vanheat Services

Business of the Year (30+ employees)

2022 winner: Big Hearts Home Care

  • Metro Motors
  • Moody Ales and Co.
  • Nurse Next Door Homecare Services
  • Tru Earth Environmental Products Inc.

Community Builder of the Year

2022 winner: Kirmac Collison and Automotive Collision Systems

  • Aultrust Financial
  • Excel Martial Arts
  • FUSIONpresents
  • Hillcrest and Parkland Players Ltd.
  • Ioco Players Port Moody Theatre Arts
  • Jamila's Kitchen and Grill
  • Mary Hill Fit Body Boot Camp
  • MPowerLives
  • Sherilee Baker, Rags to Reaches Digital Marketing
  • Renata Steele, Real Estate Agent
  • Erin Scarlett, The Fountainhead Network
  • Tri Cities Community TV
  • Genevieve Kyle Lefebvre, Tri-Cities United / Parent Talk Podcast
  • Jung Mi Hong, United Notary
  • Vishad Deeplaul, Backpack Buddies

Not-For-Profit of the Year

2022 winner: Community Ventures Society

  • Access Youth Outreach Services
  • Community Integration Services Society (CISS)
  • Rotary Club of Port Moody
  • Talitha Koum Society
  • The Peoples Pantry Recovery Society
  • Tri-Cities Community TV

Business Leader of the Year

2022 winner: Kyle O'Genski, Patina Brewing Co.

  • Alfraz Nathoo, Ventiga Accounting and Consulting
  • Chuck Anderson, Chuck Anderson Coaching
  • Erin Reid, Coast Therapy
  • Hema Bhatt, Natu'oil Services Inc.
  • Heather Rhodes, The Hard Bean Brunch Co.
  • Lacey Forsyth, Bump Physio and Co.
  • Malik Malikzada, Jamila's Kitchen and Grill
  • Moe Manavipour, Mary Hill Fit Body Boot Camp
  • Nabila Bhimji, Mindful Nourishment
  • Navid Morawej, Hillcrest and Parkland Players Ltd. and Aultrust Financial Ltd.
  • Paige Petriw, Spotlight Events
  • Shayla Adams, Prestige Cleaning Services
  • Shohreh Mansourian, Hillcrest and Parkland Players Ltd.
  • Teri Holland, Teri Holland Co.
  • Yvette Cuthbert, Rocky Point Ice Cream

Young Professional of the Year

2022 winner: Paul Choi, Juris Notary

  • Ami DeMelo, DeMelo Designs
  • April Davis, Rocky Point Ice Cream
  • Becca Yu, Citadel Speech and Language Services Inc.
  • Cassandra Curtis, Cassandra Cake Co.
  • Chloe Goodison, NaloxHome
  • Colton Wood, Supplement King Port Moody
  • Dan Ferrato, Club Sweat Fitness
  • Karanpreet Johar, Glow Within Foundation
  • Kira Johnson, Kira Johnson Real Estate
  • Mike Arboit, TFN Studios
  • Paige Petriw, Spotlight Events
  • Saad Allulu, Lulu Technologies
  • Shayla Adams, Prestige Cleaning Services

Green Business of the Year

2022 winner: Tru Earth Environmental Products Inc.

  • Aesta Visuals
  • Green Coast Rubbish Inc.
  • Ethical Waste Services
  • Natu'oil Services
  • SynergyAspen Environmental Inc.