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Greater Victoria, BC News


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2/17/2012 Media Release
Terry Farmer Wins Chamber Governors’ Lifetime Achievement Award




Terry Farmer Wins Chamber Governors’ Lifetime Achievement Award

February 17, 2012– Victoria, BC – The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the Annual Greater Victoria Business Awards. Terry Farmer, founder and past CEO and President of Accent Inns will be awarded the Governors’ Lifetime Achievement Award at the gala event on April 27, 2012. Accent Inns is an award-winning, family-owned, British Columbian hotel chain with several properties in BC,

Terry has been recognized with a long list of accolades and awards including an honourary Doctor of Laws from Royal Roads University, the Rotary Community Leadership Award, the 2011 Life Member Award from Tourism Victoria, and was presented with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal: an award given to those Canadians who helped develop the country over the past 50 years. 

“Terry Farmer has always been passionate about people, community, the environment and tourism in BC,” said David Marshall, Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Governors.” We are delighted to honour his achievements at an event that recognizes the commitment and success of all our local business leaders.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award is selected by the Chamber’s Board of Governors. The nominees in 13 other award categories go forward to a judging panel, who were tasked with whittling down a list of more than 100 nominations to 26 finalists.

The award categories and finalists are:

Business Leadership; sponsored by Coast Capital Savings Credit Union

·         Bee-Clean Building Maintenance

·         Richmond Property Group Ltd.

New Business; sponsored by WorkSafeBC

·         Nurse Next Door – Esquimalt & Western Communities

·         The London Chef

Innovation; sponsored by University of Victoria, Peter Gustavson School of Business

·         Synergy Enterprises

·         VicPD

Outstanding Customer Service; sponsored by Maximum Express Courier, Freight & Logistics

·         Bath Fitter

·         Pets West Ltd.

Business of the Year (1-10 employees); sponsored by Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan

·         Lûxe Home Interiors

·         Sector Learning Solutions

Business of the Year (11-25 employees); sponsored by Greater Victoria Development Agency

·         Cairnview Mechanical Ltd.

·         Smart Dolphins IT Solutions Inc.

Business of the Year (26-75 employees); sponsored by Heenan Blaikie LLP

·         CHEK News

·         Root Cellar Village Green Grocer Ltd.

Business of the Year (76+ employees); sponsored by the Times Colonist

·         Harbour Air Ltd.

·         Connect Hearing

Sustainable Business Practices; sponsored by Pacific Carbon Trust

·         Heritage Office Furnishings Victoria Ltd.

·         Monk Office

Employer of the Year; sponsored by CGI Information Systems & Management Consultants

·         Tourism Victoria

·         UNIT4 Business Software

Business Person of the Year; sponsored by Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

·         Shelagh Rinald, Rinald Tax Advisory Inc.

·         Deirdre Campbell, Tartan Group

Young Entrepreneur of the Year; sponsored by Royal Roads University Faculty of Management

·         Richard Van Leeuwen, Academy of Learning

·         Rachel Paish, Passion and Performance

Employee of the Year; sponsored by CHEK News

·         Rowena Hendriks, Carlton House of Oak Bay

·         Amanda Broad, City Green Solutions Society

The Gala Awards is a sell-out event every year. This year’s Gala is on Friday, April 27 at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa. Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 23 at


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Ellen Henry                                                                                         Bruce Carter
Manager of Member Communications                                  Chief Executive Officer
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce                                               Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce            

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