Community Spirit Award – 2015 Chamber Award Nominees

We would like to thank all of the nominees for participating in this year's Chamber Awards.

This award recognizes a business that has demonstrated exceptional commitment to developing, nurturing and enhancing community spirit through its actions and clearly demonstrating a commitment to sustained and continuous community betterment and stewardship.

Sponsored by the City of Campbell River




All In One Party Shop

For over 20 years, All In One Party Shop has been providing quality tent, event and decor rentals in Campbell River & The Comox Valley. We are pleased to offer not only the largest inventory of rentals on the North Island but also the largest delivery area with service throughout Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands. We pride ourselves on being North Vancouver Island’s only full service rental provider to offer a full time in-house event designer & florist based out of our Comox Valley Showroom & Design Centre. Our team will work with you to create your dream event and promise that your needs will be our #1 priority. Whether you are planning an intimate dinner party, elaborate outdoor wedding or gala fundraiser, we will do our very best to make your event truly unforgettable.


Associated Tire and Auto

Associated Tire and Auto is a full service automotive and tire repair facility, located in Campbellton. Our automotive technicians repair and maintain all make and model vehicles, ranging from vintage vehicles, race cars, hot rods to your family minivan, SUV and pick-up truck. Our Tire Department sells and repairs tires and wheels for passenger, off road, commercial and industrial type vehicles. Chances are, if it has an engine and tires we can help you, and if we can’t, we’ll do our best to find someone who can!


Boston Pizza Campbell River

We are Boston Pizza Campbell River. We are family owned and operated doing business in Campbell River since July 1996. We pride ourselves on providing fantastic food in a vibrant environment with exceptional service. We offer something for everyone from toddlers to seniors, groups of one to groups of fifty-one. With over 100 items on our menu we are the destination of choice for families, friends, teams and work-mates. We are very proud of the people we work with and the community partnerships we share.


Campbell River Mirror

The Campbell River Mirror is Campbell River’s authoritative news source and premier advertising vehicle. With a circulation of almost 18,000, the Campbell River Mirror provides unprecedented advertising reach with award-winning community news coverage.

In 2014 the Campbell River Mirror earned first place in BC and the Yukon for Newspaper Excellence for all community newspapers of its kind. The judges base their decision on criteria including the Front Page, Community News, Editorial/Opinion Pages, Local Features, Sports, Arts and Entertainment, Overall Design and Appearance, Photography, Advertising Content and Design as well as Classified Advertising.

In May the Campbell River Mirror followed the Provincial Newspaper of the Year with a National Award beating out over 2,000 Community Newspapers in Canada (all sizes) with the Youth Engagement Award for the bi-weekly feature “Carihi Mirror”. This feature included three bi-weekly writers from Carihi School writing stories about the events and issues of Carihi.

Last year the Campbell River Mirror donated almost $1 Million in advertising sponsorship to over 120 local Campbell River Non Profit groups. These partnerships have given local non profits the ability to fundraise millions of dollars to assist those in need in Campbell River.


Campbell River Pet Centre

Campbell River Pet Centre is the local family owned and operated place to go for quality small animals, bird, reptiles, fish and pond products. Our staff have a vast knowledge of every animal we sell and proper husbandry needs of each specific pet. We have maintained ourselves in the forefront of pet care for 33 years strong. We believe in educating the person purchasing their new friend before profit. A well cared for pet is a lifelong customer relationship.


Discovery Marine Safaris

Discovery Marine Safaris’ mission is to make our passion of all our local wildlife yours! We want you to have a first class experience with us that’ll become the highlight of your vacation as it has become for many of our guests!


Dogwood Pet Mart

Dogwood Pet Mart is an independent retail pet food and supply store serving Campbell River and the North Island for 30 years.

We carry a huge selection specialty, holistic and nutritional pet foods , a vast array of supplies including treats, toys and accessories; everything a pet owner requires to accommodate their pet’s needs.

Dogwood Pet Mart is a business that prides itself on excellent customer service, an expansive inventory of quality products and knowledgeable, friendly staff, who are dedicated to making our customer’s pet food and supply shopping experience easy and enjoyable.


Eagle Eye Adventures

Eagle Eye Adventures is an ecological tour company based in Campbell River. We have a highly trained and enthusiastic team who specialize in providing people with a great experience and long lasting memories.

We work closely with other businesses to improve the tourist experience. We can arrange accommodation for you, take you on a tour, and even set you up with an airplane/boat tour if that is your preference.

Our staff is service oriented and will go the extra mile to make sure you have the best experience possible.

We want your visit to Campbell River to be memorable for all the right reasons.


Garat Financial Group Ltd.

Garat Financial Group Ltd. is a born and bred Campbell River financial planning business. We are affiliated with IPC Investment Corp. for the sale of mutual funds, but are not held to the sale of proprietary products. As a full service investment and insurance broker we work with the client to help them create a plan that includes the best products for their needs and their budget.

At Garat Financial we work as a team and consider our staff, Jacki and Karen, integral to the success of our business. It is important to us to create a comfortable environment for the planning process, and getting to know our clients well is just one way of doing that.

Clients come to us with goals and dreams, and not only do we work to achieve them together, but we also integrate plans to eliminate debt, and create a retirement stream that is tax efficient – making more money available to enjoy now and in the future.

At Garat Financial Group it is really about the people. Our clients are the most important part of our business – we exist because of them and work to prove our worth every day.


Go Dog Go! Dog Training



Grieg Seafood BC Ltd.

The United Nations has predicted that the world’s population is expected to increase by 38%, from 6.9 billion in 2010 to 9.6 billion in 2050. World-renowned marine explorer Jacques Cousteau has said, “We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters.”

Grieg Seafood began salmon farming on Vancouver Island’s west coast in 2000, when past CEO Per Grieg realized that producing food to feed the world would be of key importance in the 21st century. Grieg now has 103 employees residing in 12 communities with nearly half living in Campbell River. They coach sports teams and volunteer in theatre groups and at local festivals and community events. Most have young families and are putting down roots in Campbell River.

Grieg utilizes services valued at more than $60 million annually from more than 100 BCsupplier and contract service companies.

The Grieg family, who also operate salmon farms in Norway and the Shetland Islands, recognized the potential that BC’s coastline would offer as a natural marine environment for farming salmon. In 2007 Grieg expanded to the east coast of Vancouver Island. Today it holds 21 farm licences and operates a hatchery in Gold River.


Impressions Custom Framing Ltd.

Impressions Custom Framing Ltd. is comprised of 3 key components to better serve customers:

  1. An extensive stock of arts supplies

  2. Custom framing service

  3. Local art gallery

We carry a full range of arts supplies across all art genres, for all stages of artists (from new to seasoned, professionals). Our custom framing service expertly meets customers’ needs, expectations & budget. No job is too small or large, too challenging or unusual! We proudly carry local art in our gallery, from novice to professional, providing a venue for new artists of all genres. We host special art events, in addition to our annual River City Arts Fest.


Odyssey Computers Ltd.

Odyssey Computers was opened in Campbell River by Sue Johnson in 1987 as a home business which grew so rapidly that within six months she had to move the operation to the present retail location. She was later joined by business partners Don Andrews in 1988, and Dave Shook in 1997. The three owners have always believed that Customer Service is their #1 priority, and together with their staff, have proudly served their customers on the North Island for over 28 years. Having started the business when personal computers were in their infancy, they have witnessed tremendous changes and technological advances in the industry and have the experience to provide knowledgeable and easily understandable advice to their clients. Odyssey Computers has Service Technicians available for in-shop and on-site service calls who are proficient in all areas of computer service, from virus removal in their full service shop, to setting up a server and network at a client’s office. The retail store offers a wide variety of new computer systems, laptops, hardware, refurbished computers, accessories, cables, parts and much more.


Pioneer Home Hardware Building Centre

Pioneer Hardware Ltd. is Campbell River’s oldest family owned business. Gary Thulin is the third generation of the Thulin family to own the business and now with partner and daughter Allison Kilby on board she becomes the fourth generation so we are aligned to follow thru on our predecessor’s legacy of business in Campbell River which actually started in the early 1900’s with the opening of the Willows Hotel and then on to the Bee Hive Cafe. Pioneer is part of the Home Hardware group which is a true Canadian company that is owned by the dealers representing approximately 1100 stores and no other shareholders, this is the reason for our motto “Home Owners helping Homeowners with Expert Advice.” Pioneer has always been involved in the community and we are very proud of our roots which carry thru to our employees.


Quay West Kitchen & Catering Ltd.

Quay West Kitchen & Catering is a local restaurant designed to provide food and beverage services to Campbell River residents, businesses and tourists year round. Our restaurant interior celebrates the historic beginnings of Campbell River with photos of archived events such as the opening of the CR Regional Airport (1959) and what the Campbell River Firehall at 10th and Island Highway looked like in 1950 along with other interesting 1950s and 1960s photos of the downtown area when it was starting to boom. We stayed with the Theme Campbell River in modern day displaying pictures of todays downtown taken by local photographers The contrast in the art represents the changing times in downtown Campbell River today. We are engage in these changing times and have seen the fruits of our labour blooming right in pace with all the current changes and economic growth the city of Campbell River is experiencing.


Seymour Pacific Developments & Broadstreet Properties Ltd

Seymour Pacific is a leading edge, dynamic construction company that builds exceptional multi-unit homes across Western Canada. With over 30 years of experience in land development and construction, Seymour Pacific builds homes that far exceed our clients’ expectations for safety, quality, functionality and aesthetics.


Shoppers Drug Mart #209 and #2139

We are a full service pharmacy with front services including prestige cosmetics and fragrances, full post office, photo and passport pictures, as well as convenience food and confection.

Our pharmacists are injection certified and can give flu, hepatitis and travel vaccines. We are open the widest range of hours of any pharmacy in town, and always have a pharmacist on duty to help with prescription or OTC counsseling. They can also do in dept medication reviews. Because of our hours, we have developed special programs with the crisis nurse and palliative care programs.


The Sociable Scientists Inc.

The Sociable Scientists provide research and facilitation services for sustainable communities. With a working and academic background in recreation, tourism, and sustainable leisure management, Laurel created The Sociable Scientists to enhance the role of innovative and applied research in the development of Vancouver Island communities. The quality of life that residents of Vancouver Island enjoy is largely dependent on access to affordable and healthy leisure opportunities and The Sociable Scientists work to ensure that research and data is generated here on the island, for the people, and by the people who live here. The Sociable Scientists work collaboratively with organizations and agencies to build capacity within local communities and to empower individuals and collectives to find ways to contribute the their own health and well-being.


Vision Travel Campbell River

I love what I do. For the past 34 years my business has had the privilege of assisting people in creating Amazing Worldwide Travel experiences that are more than just a holiday. They are a reflection of the client’s passion and what is important for them to see and do.

When you travel you grow, and transform your understanding of yourself and the world as you see, learn and explore new things. The people you meet and the stories you share cause a better understanding of cultures and foster friendships around the globe.

Our expertise is in listening, details, and putting together custom holidays around the world, from active adventures to luxury cruises and everything in between..

The world is a big place. There is so much to see and do in many different ways. Vision Travel Campbell River matches the world to your travel dreams.