Shelly Boates has will be awarded the Board of Governors Award from the Campbell River Chamber of Commere.

Chamber recognizes Boates’ community leadership

Board of Governors Award winner displays a significant commitment to the success of both their business and the community as a whole

Shelly Boates, Managing Partner Chan Nowosad Boates, is the recipient of the 2014 Board of Governors Award for the Business Awards of Distinction.

The Board of Governors Award is presented by the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and honors a business person (current or retired) who displays a significant commitment to the success of both their business and the community as a whole; demonstrates business leadership and vision; and serves as a positive role model or mentor for other business people in the community.

“We are pleased to honor Shelly as this year’s recipient in recognition of the success she has achieved in her roles as a business leader, a strong community volunteer advocate and for her mentorship support both within her business and  the community at large,” said Mike Boulet, Chamber board chair.

Boates obtained her CA designation in January 1995 and in 1996 she became a partner with Chan Nowosad Boates, Chartered Accountants. The practice has grown over the past 18 years from a small office of 5 to a team of 28.

Chan Nowosad Boates is now one of the largest independent accounting firms on the North Island serving the needs of small to large businesses, not for profits, school districts, first nations, credit unions, individuals and estates.

Even though work keeps her extremely busy, Boates is an avid long-time volunteer.  Along with her continued commitment to Junior Achievement BC, where she started volunteering in 2009 and continues till today, she has been a director and most recently chair of Community Futures of Strathcona where she served on the board from 2003 till 2014.

Her commitment to United Way spans over 11 years and resulted in Boates becoming a member of the Lead Partners where she also served on the Success By Six Community Council of Partners from 2008 till 2011 and the allocation committee of United Way Central and North Vancouver Island.

Boates’ volunteer involvement also extended to the Campbell River Minor Hockey Association and Campbell River Community Foundation Golf Tournament.

As well, she was a volunteer with the Campbell River Branch of Canadian Parents for French that supported and promoted the French Immersion program with SD72.

Through Boates’ volunteer activities and her workplace, she has been exposed to and created many opportunities to lead and educate members of the community through her exceptional mentorship style.

She has been a workshop and professional development presenter for the Law Society of BC, Community Futures Business Succession Planning seminars, Business Professional Women’s Network (BPWN) and many other community and business related organizations and individuals.

Her leadership has contributed significantly to support young professional retention in Campbell River and a demonstrated commitment to community growth and capacity building.

In addition to receiving the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year award, Boates was the recipient of the Early Achievement Award through the Institute of Chartered Accountants as well as a ’40 under 40’ Business in Vancouver outstanding achievement award winner.

Boates and her husband Dean are the proud parents of two boys, Jackson and Jordan.

Jackson just graduated and has joined the Campbell River workforce and Jordan is attending Carihi.

“Congratulations Shelly, our community looks forward to celebrating and honoring your accomplishments at the awards event on Sept. 27,” said Colleen Evans, Chamber President & CEO.

The Board of Governors award will be presented to Boates at the Business Awards of Distinction event on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Tidemark Theatre.

The awards recipients of 11 more awards categories will be named on the night of the event which involves a gala reception, tantalizing local appetizers and dessert food stations, specialty cocktails and a fast paced live auction as the chamber celebrates business leadership, innovation and excellence.

Tickets are now on sale for Campbell River’s most prestigious business event of the year – the Campbell River Chamber’s 2014 Business Awards of Distinction. The 2014 Business Awards of Distinction will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Tidemark Theatre and doors will open at 6 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Tidemark theatre, online at or by phone at 250-287-4636.