Finalists named in Hats Off to Excellence Awards

Winners in Delta Chamber of Commerce event to be named Nov. 16

Finalists in this year’s Hats Off to Excellence Awards have been announced.

The 61st annual event organized by the Delta Chamber of Commerce also include finalists in the

Citizen of the Year Award.

Winners will be announced Nov. 16 at the Hats Off to Excellence Gala at the Delta Town & Country Inn.

Categories and their finalists include:

Volunteer Service Award (sponsored by Envision Financial). This category is open to a Delta Resident of any age who has volunteered a great deal of time and efforts to a Delta organization.

Finalists: Michelle Jones, Matthew Rogers and Jackey Zellweger.


Rising Star Award (sponsored by Kwantlen Polytechnic University).

This category identifies someone who has owned and operated a Delta business for at least one year and under five years, achieved a certain degree of financial stability through business performance and has achieved success and growth potential, been involved in new economic activities, innovation and community activity.

Finalists: Scott Foran & Barry Hartman, Lydia Ryall and Marcie Weinstein Smith.


Employee Extraordinaire Award (sponsored by MK Delta Lands Group).

This award is given to somebody who gives their all in the workplace, stands out, creating excellence wherever they are, goes beyond the call of duty, in a company or organization in Delta. Finalists: Juliana Christiansen, Mary Durham and Dinah Suzuki.


Business of the Year Award (sponsored by Delta Cable).

This award is for a business which has reached a significant new level, established new technology; broken into a new market, or which has integrated sustainability into business objectives, strategies, plans and functions.

Finalists: Augustine House (Tanya Snow), Modern Engineering (Ugo Jahn), and Tsawwassen Collision (Peter Siklai).


Special Events & Tourism Award (sponsored by Ladner Business Association):

A Delta-based tourism business or activity which has delivered a quality product or service,

contributing to the image, sustainability and professionalism of Delta, and which has demonstrated an effective marketing program and superior ability to successfully satisfy visitor expectations through outstanding service. Finalists: South Delta Jazz Festival (Stephen Robb), South Delta Artists Guild (Kathy Swift), and The Phoenix, the Fire of Flamenco (Bev Mantaovani).


Citizen of the Year Award (sponsored by the Delta Optimist).

Someone who provided extraordinary service to the community of Delta, conducted their life with integrity and who stands out amongst their peers. Finalists: Terry Bremner, Irene Forcier and Mike Guichon.

The Hats Off Nominations Committee which selected the finalists from among this year’s award nominees included, Eliza Olson, Burns Bog Conservation Society, Hermann Glockl, community leader, Les Voros, of Les Voros Financial and Rod Winning, of Winning Fairways.

“Once again we had some very worthy candidates for this year’s Hats Off to Excellence Awards, thanks to people in the community who nominated them,” said nominations committee chair Les Voros says. “As always, it’s a pleasurable task to interview all candidates, and a difficult task to narrow the field to three finalists in each category and then choose the winner. All nominees are winners as far as we are concerned even though one will win the top award in each category at the gala on Nov. 16.”

The Primary Sponsor of this year’s Hats Off event is Port Metro Vancouver. Each of the six awards is sponsored, and additional event sponsors so far include Delta Law Office.

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