As the official Destination Marketing Organization for the District of Lake Country, Tourism Kelowna is proud to market and promote the many tourism businesses in the district, which is a world-class travel destination. To recognize the work of these exceptional tourism businesses, Tourism Kelowna sponsored the Tourism Excellence Award at the 2019 Lake Country Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, which were presented at a gala ceremony on Friday, February 28, at The Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport.

Lake Country Business Excellence Awards Program

The three finalists in this category, who were all strong contenders, were Wood Lake RV Park and Marina, 50th Parallel Estate Winery, and Oyama Zipline Adventure Park. Tourism Kelowna President & CEO, Lisanne Ballantyne, was delighted to present the Tourism Excellence Award to Wood Lake RV Park and Marina.

2019 Tourism Excellence Award Winners

Alyssa and Bianca, of Wood Lake RV Park and Marina, accepting the Tourism Excellence Award sponsored by Tourism Kelowna

All award nominees were required to meet the following criteria: 

“Consistently provides reliable, friendly service with exceptional knowledge of their product or service. This business goes above and beyond to meet their customer’s needs, maintains excellent customer relationships and stands behind their product or service. They take pride in their work, and are honest, ethical and extremely professional.”

2019 Lake Country Business Excellence Awards

Tourism Kelowna team members with the Tourism Excellence Award nominees

Tourism Kelowna would like to congratulate all the winners, finalists, and nominees of the 2019 Lake Country Business Excellence Awards. The finalists and award recipients for the other award categories are as follows (award recipients are marked in bold):

Citizen of the Year:

Presented posthumously to Bob Rymarchuk, of UBR Services Printing and Copies, for his dedication to Lake Country; the award will now be known as the Bob Rymarchuk Citizen of the Year Award.

Rising Star Award:

  • Invati Yoga & Wellness
  • Pedego Oyama
  • Aura Office

Business of the Year:

  • SoleRevival
  • UBR Services Printing and Copies
  • A Place for Yoga and Health

Community Service Award:

  • Lake Country Health Planning
  • Hands in Service
  • Lake Country Food Bank

Young Entrepreneur:

  • Kayla Caruana
  • Rhea McNicol
  • Robyn Perrier

Business of the Year +10

  • Interior Savings
  • Nor-Val Rentals
  • L’Isola Bella Bistro

Health Service Provider of the Year

  • Health Essentials Clinic
  • Connect Communities
  • Nalu Wellness Registered Massage Therapy

Home Based Business of the Year:

  • Memory Blocks
  • Turtle Bay IT
  • Lake Country Nails

People’s Choice Award:

  • Invati Yoga & Wellness
  • Quaint Hair Design
  • Nalu Wellness Registered Massage Therapy

Family Farm Award:

  • Gambell Farms
  • Gatzke Orchard
  • Prairie Folk Farmery

Volunteer of the Year:

  • Rob Conelley
  • Miriam Bowles
  • Tom Cockrell

Professional Service Award:

  • CapriCMW
  • Interior Savings
  • KV Consulting

Business Leader of the Year:

  • Jennifer Madsen (Oyama Zipline Adventure Park)
  • Sarah Fraser (Crave Fitness)
  • Kelly Craig and Tara Nakashima (Invati Yoga + Wellness)

Hospitality Award of the Year:

  • Block ONE – 50th Parallel Estate Winery
  • Chantana’s Thai Restaurant
  • L’Isola Bella Bistro

Trade Service Provider Award:

  • Holmes Electric
  • Kapiti Built
  • BP Power Machines