Castlegar Communities in Bloom won the Tourism Development Award.                                 Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar Communities in Bloom won the Tourism Development Award. Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar businesses recognized for excellence

Mickey and Sharon Tarasoff recognized with Life Time Achievement Award.

Castlegar’s business community celebrated each other’s achievements at the Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards on Saturday.

Mickey and Sharon Tarasoff were recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award for their 48 years of operating Mother Natures.

The Tarasoffs’ children Mike and Shawna have also played an important role in the business.

Shawna’s work building a stronger downtown business coalition and her I ♥ Downtown initiative were recognized by Castlegar mayor Bruno Tassone during the award presentation speech.

“Both Mickey and Sharon work with passion in an industry to help people live better lives,” said Tassone.

“We are fortunate to share business longevity with many others,” said Mickey. “Thank you to the community for all the years of support.”

He then encouraged entrepreneurs to dream, work hard and follow their passions.

The remaining awards went to:

Business Excellence — Castlegar Toyota

Customer Service Excellence — Shawna Tarasoff, Mother Natures

Business Person of the Year — Troy Pyett and Carly Hadfield, Lions Head Pub

Green Award — Selkirk College

Professional Services Award —Arrow Lakes Veterinary

Contractor of the Year — PNT Contracting

Tourism Development — Communities in Bloom

Young Entrepreneur — Adam Pomeroy, Cycology Bikes

Community Social — Castlegar Hospice Society

Home Based Business — Rest Assured Kootenay Floats

Manager of the Year — Brian Bogle, Safeway

Restaurant Award — Wandering Greek Oven

Innovator of the Year — Conquer the Kootenay Escape Room

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PNT Contracting won the Contractor of the Year Award.                                 Photo: Betsy Kline

PNT Contracting won the Contractor of the Year Award. Photo: Betsy Kline

Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Photo: Betsy Kline

Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Photo: Betsy Kline

Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Photo: Betsy Kline

Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar Chamber of Commerce representatives Jane Charest (left) and Dale Donaldson (right). Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar Chamber of Commerce representatives Jane Charest (left) and Dale Donaldson (right). Photo: Betsy Kline

Rest Assured Kootenay Floats won the Home Based Business Award.                                 Photo: Betsy Kline

Rest Assured Kootenay Floats won the Home Based Business Award. Photo: Betsy Kline

Safeway manager Brian Bogle won the Manager of the Year Award. Photo: Betsy Kline

Safeway manager Brian Bogle won the Manager of the Year Award. Photo: Betsy Kline

Mother Nature’s Shawna Tarasoff won the Customer Service Excellence Award. Photo: Betsy Kline

Mother Nature’s Shawna Tarasoff won the Customer Service Excellence Award. Photo: Betsy Kline

Adam Pomeroy of Cycology Bikes won the Young Entrepreneur Award. Photo: Betsy Kline

Adam Pomeroy of Cycology Bikes won the Young Entrepreneur Award. Photo: Betsy Kline

Suzanne Lehbauer accepted the Community Social Award on behalf of the Castlegar Hospice Society. Photo: Betsy Kline

Suzanne Lehbauer accepted the Community Social Award on behalf of the Castlegar Hospice Society. Photo: Betsy Kline

The Business Excellence Awards included live music.                                 Photo: Betsy Kline

The Business Excellence Awards included live music. Photo: Betsy Kline

Heather Salivaris accepted the Best Restaurant Award given to the Wandering Greek Oven.                                 Photo: Betsy Kline

Heather Salivaris accepted the Best Restaurant Award given to the Wandering Greek Oven. Photo: Betsy Kline

Conquer the Kootenay Escape Room owners Brodie and Tara Jones won the Innovator of the Year Award.                                 Photo: Betsy Kline

Conquer the Kootenay Escape Room owners Brodie and Tara Jones won the Innovator of the Year Award. Photo: Betsy Kline

Carly Hadfield of The Lions Head Pub accepted the Business Person of the Year Award. Photo: Betsy Kline

Carly Hadfield of The Lions Head Pub accepted the Business Person of the Year Award. Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar businesses recognized for excellence

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