Owner Adeline Saunders

Owner Adeline Saunders

Blues and biz share McNeill stage

Port McNeill and District Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Business Awards Gala at the Community Hall.



PORT McNEILL—The Clothes Inn was honoured with the Business of the Year Award and a pair of newcomers shared the New Business of the Year Award Friday as the Port McNeill and District Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Business Awards Gala at the Community Hall.

The event was almost more party than awards presentation, with a full catered dinner from the Northern Lights Restaurant and a concert by local blues-folk legend David Essig taking up the bulk of the evening.

By comparison, the presentation of the winners’ plaques went by briskly, particularly as four of the winners could not attend due to travel or illness.

“The main thing we wanted to do was recognize our Chamber members and make sure they all had a great evening,” said Cheryl Jorgenson, who organized the event with a crew of volunteers.

Other local businesses contributed, as well. Lyn Skrlac and Lynda Biggs of the Flower Shoppe donated orchid arrangements for each table, and the flowers were awarded to a dozen women in a draw held at the end of the evening.

Rona/Shoprite stepped up at the 11th hour to provide a decorative stage backdrop for Essig. The internationally renowned musician, who has recorded and performed for more than 40 years, recently relocated to Rough Bay on Malcolm Island.

Playing a mix of folk ballads and greasy blues, Essig showed he may have lost a few hair follicles over the years, but none of his fingerpicking virtuosity or slide skill with his preferred bottleneck — a 5/8-inch, deep-well socket.

 

2013 Port McNeill and District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards winners:

 

 

Professional Merit Award

Roma Joseph, CIBC

Public Safety Award

Port McNeill Emergency Social Services

Customer Service Award

The Subway staff

Volunteer of the Year Award

Karen Watkins, the Happy Gang

New Business Award (tie)

Harbour Sushi

Sassy Shears

Senior of the Year Award

Helen Gurney

Green Award

Jenny Sorenson, Coastal Curbside Recycling

Chamber Spirit Award

David Mitchell

Business of the Year Award

The Clothes Inn