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Castlegar businesses recognized at annual awards ceremony

Kalesnikoff received the Lifetime Achievement Award
Krystle Seed accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of Kalesnikoff Lumber. Photo: Betsy Kline

The Castlegar business community came out in full force on Saturday to celebrate their accomplishments at the Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce annual business awards dinner.

More than 200 people attended the ticketed event, which also served as a fundraiser for the chamber.

In his last official duty as mayor, Kirk Duff opened the event and introduced Mayor-elect Maria McFaddin. The pair jointly presented the Lifetime Achievement award, which is sponsored by the City of Castlegar.

That award went to Kalesnikoff Lumber.

The award is reserved for companies with at least 25 years in business, excellent customer relations and a history of contributions to the community both economically and socially.

Kalesnikoff has been a family-owned lumber company since it first launched in 1939.

“This business has grown a legacy of trust and integrity,” said Duff.

“They steward relationships and resources by valuing people first and never compromising on integrity.”

Kalesnikoff’s expansion in the area of glued-laminated timber and mass timber products has had a major impact locally as they become a premier provider of the products across the province and beyond. They employ over 250 people.

The company is also known for its Kalesnikoff Cares program and continual community donations of money, time and products.

The company is currently led by Ken Kalesnikoff (CEO and president), and fourth-generation managers Chris Kalesnikoff (COO) and Krystle Seed (CFO).

Seed accepted the award on behalf of the family.

Seed says she and her brother Chris intend to continue on with the family’s guiding principals including: “Take care of the land and the land will take care of you, take care of the community and your community will take care of you and take care of your people and your people will take care of you.”

“We really try to live that everyday.”

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Award recipients

Business Person of the Year: Harold Chernoff, Trowelex

Business Excellence: Tailout Brewing

Customer Service Excellence: Blue Barn Pet

The Green Award: Moonrise Boutique

Professional Service: Sun Life Financial

Contractor of the Year: PNT Contracting

Tourism Development: Castlegar Sculpturewalk

Young Entrepreneur Award: Solomon Burk, Train with Solly

Community Social Award: Castlegar Hospice Society

Home Based Business Award: Into the Wild Off Leash Adventures

Restaurant Award: Tacos El Gringo

Manager of the Year: Sally Diep, Humble Bean Coffee

Innovator of the Year Award: The Roasted Chickpea

The Board of Directors Choice Award: Grateful Table

Lifetime Achievement Award: Kalesnikoff Lumber

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Business Person of the Year Harold Chernoff from Trowelex. Photo: Betsy Kline
Sally Diep (L) won the Manager of the Year award for her work at Humble Bean. Photo: Betsy Kline
Mike McLellan (R) and Kim Mamos (C) from Humble Bean Coffee. Photo: Betsy Kline
Mayor Maria McFaddin and her husband James McFaddin. Photo: Betsy Kline

Betsy Kline

About the Author: Betsy Kline

After spending several years as a freelance writer for the Castlegar News, Betsy joined the editorial staff as a reporter in March of 2015. In 2020, she moved into the editor's position.
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