And the 2016 Platinum Award goes to… November 21, 2016


Bernie Legge – Artist of the Year

Winner: Susan Grieg

Susan, a talented artist and the owner of 100 Braid Street Studios, is a strong advocate and supporter of the arts in New Westminster. She has created the only co-working space, gallery, and event location in the city where local artists can create and sell their work, while the public is provided a place to enjoy different forms of art.


Business of the Year (Small)

Winner: Mindful Mutts

Mindful Mutts combines all things dog in one place; training, boarding, walking, and pet first aid and have been around for a year and a half. The owner, Stefania Buolkovic, is committed to educating her staff to provide the best animal care possible and strives to support the businesses in New Westminster.


Business of the Year (Medium)

Winner: Bosley’s

Bosley’s has been in business at Columbia Square for five and a half years. They were the first store in New Westminster to offer services like pet sitting, dog training, nail trimming, information sessions, and access to a pet nutritionist. Bosley’s provides consistent staff training and education, and community and customer engagement.


Business of the Year (Large)

Winner: Fraser River Paint & Body

Fraser River Paint & Body have been in business for five and a half years and in that time, have grown their business from 5 to 28 employees. They are heavily involved with the community and support local sports teams, the Chamber of Commerce and the United Way.

Business Person of the Year

Winner: Dave Vallee

Dave Vallee is a Realtor with Re/Max Advantage Realty and for the past 26 years has been helping people achieve their real estate goals. He is currently the President of the New Westminster Rotary Club and has done extensive fundraising for local community groups.

Citizen of the Year

Winner: Jen Arbo

Jen has been a resident of New Westminster for the past 20 years and have become a staple in the community. Jen co-owns and edits Tenth to the Fraser, is the President of the Royal City Farmer’s Market, volunteers for the New Westminster chapter of KidSport, has provided safe rides home during the Christmas season as part of Operation Red Nose, volunteers with the McBride PAC, helps organize candidate events in the political season and serves on multiple City Council Advisory committees.

Community Spirit

Winner: Donald’s Market

Donald’s Market is an independent grocery store and have been in operation for 20 years, and opened third location in New Westminster in 2010. There vision was to create a destination that celebrates the full circle of food in a local, playful, passionate and sustainable way. In 2012, Donald’s Market launched ONE price in conjunction with River Market as a customer appreciate program and community fund.

Creative Marketing and Innovation of the Year

Winner: Douglas College/Western Media Group/Acuity

Douglas College’s online team partnered with Western Media Group to create a campaign using geo-fencing as an innovative way to directly target potential students in Brazil. The legacy of this campaign is that it has positioned both Douglas College and Western Media Group as innovators in the realm of online marketing. By attracting more international students to Douglas College, we can increase the diversity of New Westminster.

Customer Service Excellence (Business)

Winner: New West Wellness

New West Wellness Centre has been in business for 10 years. The team works together to provide excellent wellness support and customer service. They have implanted an easy to use website with online booking and acknowledge their customers through fast and helpful responses by email and phone. The patient comes first and New West Wellness Centre has a continuous cycle of returning, happy patients.


Customer Service Excellence (Individual)

Winner: Sarah Alicia Thomas Hair Stylist

Sarah Alicia Thomas has worked as a hair dresser since 2007. She offers wonderful customer service to her clients, as well, will help clients who are getting married by providing sewing services for custom made hair pieces. On top of running her own business, she volunteers her services to children with autism.

Green Business of the Year

Winner: Royal Printers

Royal Printers is a print manufacturing company that provides a variety of printing options. They are committed to a green work place by recycling 98% of waste, using hybrid vehicles for delivery, using vegetable based inks, as well as distributing and printing on sugar sheet which is 100% tree-free. They are currently working on securing a one ton truck delivery service that is green and hope that someday people say “can you believe we use to cut down trees to make paper?”

Inclusion Excellence in Business

Winner: Pacific Bolt Manufacturing

Pacific Bolt Manufacturing has been in business for 27 years. They are a heavy industrial bolt manufacturer making speciality bolts for bridges, marine applications and infrastructures. They hire people with all backgrounds, and provide workplace management to make a comfortable and safe, inclusive workplace.

New Business of the Year (Small)

Winner: Mindful Mutts

Mindful Mutts combines all things dog in one place; training, boarding, walking, and pet first aid and have been around for a year and a half. The owner, Stefania Buolkovic, is committed to educating her staff to provide the best animal care possible and strives to support the businesses in New Westminster.

New Business of the Year (Medium)

Winner: El Santo

El Santo’s opened in December 2015. El Santo’s showcases the diversity of Mexican food with fresh, local and sustainable ingredients of the West Coast. Alejandro, the owner of El Santo’s, has a passion for good food and outstanding service. He shops and hires local, and promotes this initiative to others. They have also partnered with CAN to support kids with autism.


Non-Profit of the Year (over 1 Million)

Winner: Westminster House

For over 34 years, the Westminster House has been helping alcoholic and drug addicted women get a new life through sobriety. With a team of 23 employees, Westminster House creates a fun and active community of clean and sober individuals. This dedicated team helps make it desirable for women to be clean and sober.


Non-Profit of the Year (under 1 Million)

Winner: New Westminster Youth Ambassador Society

Started in 2014, this New Westminster Youth Ambassador Society wanted to offer teens in New Westminster the opportunity to come together to form a Team that would include not only girls but boys as well. There is no pageant or competition to become a team member, if they meet the criteria set out by the Society, they are accepted into the Team. The members of the New Westminster Youth Ambassador Team are volunteers within the community and represent the City as well as their individual sponsors.





CONNECTIONS November 3, 2016



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