Jolly Roger flies at Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce gala

PORT HARDY — The swashbucklers of People’s Drug Mart were selected business of the year and the galley swabbies of Malone’s Oceanside Bistro were honoured as small business of the year Saturday at the 2011 Port Hardy Business and Community Awards Gala at the Civic Centre.

The pirate-themed gala drew more than a hundred costumed pirates and one costumed Air China “pilate” as Lawrence O’Connor as Captain Aiyiyi.

The event also featured Pirating 101, the comedy duo of Nick Harrison (Captain Cornelius Cannonball) and Mike Cavers (first mate Ralph McQueasy), who recruited and trained audience members to crew the Black Hurl in a series of improvisational skits.

Dale and Janet Dorward served as masters of ceremony. Plenty of food was available, with appetizers from the Fireside Grill, dinner by Malone’s Oceanside Bistro and desserts courtesy of the Quarterdeck Inn.

2011 Port Hardy Business and Community Award winners:

Business of the Year

People’s Drug Mart

Small Business of the Year

Malone’s Oceanside Bistro

New Business of the Year

Escape Bistro and Gallery

Volunteer of the Year

Donna Gault

Youth of the Year

Amanda Hogan

Don Cruickshank Community Spirit Award

North Island Concert Society

Customer Service Award

Rob Tucker, Budget Car and Truck Rental

Senior of the Year

Andy Shurben

Chamber Spirit Award

Sandra Boyd

Heritage Award

Quatsino Archives Society and Museum

Port Hardy District Community Awards

Merrilee Tognela

Pacific Coastal Airlines

Tsusquana Singers