Crystal Award finalists named

News Review, Co-op, Panorama, B.C. Hazmat among them

SIDNEY — The Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has announced this week the 2012 Crystal Award finalists and its lifetime achievement award winner.

Here’s the list of nominees that will be honoured at the gala awards ceremony Oct. 11 at Butchart Gardens.

• Business of the Year Award: 1-15 employees

– Holy Cow Communications

– Ideazone

• Business of the Year Award: 16+ employees

– Peninsula Co-op

– Viking Air

• Not-for-Profit Organization of the Year

– Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation Volunteer Program

– Tom Thumbs Mobile Safety Program

• Contribution to the Community

– Panoroma Recreation Centre

– Peninsula News Review

• Green Business of the Year

– B.C. Hazmat

– Truffles Catering

• Entrepreneurial Spirit

– Nevaeh Landscaping

– Straightline Precision

• New Business

– Canoe Cove Restaurant

– Vibes Fitness

• Employer of the Year

– B.C. Hazmat

– Viking Air

• New Product or Service

– Holy Cow Communications

– i Board Manufacturing

• Outstanding Customer Service

– Arbutus Grove Nursery

– Cabinet Works

• Newsmaker of the Year for 2011

– Ramsay Machine Works

– Victoria Costumes

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Pat Fafard who was with Peninsula Co-op.

Mandy Farmer, president and CEO of Accent Inns, will be the evening’s guest speaker.

Farmer was named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40, a YWCA Woman of Distinction and is currently ranked at 40 in Profit Magazine’s Top100 Canadian women entrepreneurs.

Tickets to the Crystal Awards are $85 each and are available by contacting the chamber via email at or by calling 250-656-3616.

The event takes place at the Blue Poppy Restaurant at Butchart Gardens.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for networking, a delicious array of appetizers and no host bar.

Dinner and ceremony get underway at 7:15 p.m.

— Submitted by the Saanich Peninsula

Chamber of Commerce