2020 Salt Spring Chamber Salty Award Nominees

Congratulations to all of this year's Salty Award Nominees. We encourage community members to read the comments written by those who nominated these outstanding businesses and individuals, it is truly humbling. We’re excited to celebrate all nominated businesses, non-profits, charities, and individuals. We have asked nominees to make a short video or written response to tell us why they should win a Salty Award. Be sure to keep an eye out! Voting begins November 3rd!

See the nominees in each of the award categories below.

Resilient Small Business of The Year Award: Presented to a business with 20 employees or less who demonstrated perseverance and the ability to adapt to the challenges presented by 2020.

Al's Gourmet Falafel & Fries
Altar Ink
Amber Wood Health
Apple Photo
Aroma Crystal Therapy
Barb’s Bakery and Bistro
Bean Drinkin Cafe
Bite Me! Treats
Buzzys Luncheonette
Co-op Gas
Diggin’it excavating
Dragonfly Art Supply
Emmi’s Treasures
Fernwood Cafe
Fieldhouse Knife and Tool
Foxes Boardgame Shop
Francis Bread
G I Heating and Refrigeration
Ganges Auto Marine
Ganges grill( Butter Chicken Truck)
Gulf Island Heating and Refrigeration
Gulf Islands Driftwood Publishing
Harlan’s Fine Chocolates
Hastings House Country House Hotel
Indelible Oddities
Island Market Place
Mid Isle Marine & Equipment Ltd
Mondo Trading Company
Old Salty's
OMG Boutique
Osisi Boutique
Outspokin' Bikes
Pacos Tacos SSI
Pasta Fresca
Pod Contemporary
Quarrystone House B & B
RainWood Dance Studio
Ramona Lam Photography
Roslinsky Properties Inc.
Salt Spring Adventure Company
Salt spring beauty bar
Salt Spring Books
Salt Spring Communication Station
Salt Spring Exchange
Salt Spring Island Golf and Country Club
Salt Spring Kitchen Co.
Salt Spring Marina Ltd
Salt Spring Pharmacy
Salt Spring Sea Salt
Salt Spring Shine Craft Distillery Ltd.
Salt Spring Wild Cider
Solace Organic Spa
SSI Mobile Electronic Repair
Switchboard Cafe
TJ Beans
TLC Enterprises
Twang & Pearl
Twig and Buoy
Uptown Pizza
Waterfront Gallery
Whiskers Pet Store


Resilient Large Business of The Year Award: Presented to a business with more than 20 employees who demonstrated perseverance and the ability to adapt to the challenges presented by 2020.

Auntie Pesto's
Country Grocer
Harbour House
Hasting's House
Moby's Pub
Mouat's Hardware
Rock Salt Café
Salt Spring Cheese Farm
Salt Spring Coffee Company
Salt Spring Inn
Salt Spring Pharmasave
Thrifty Foods
Tree House Cafe
Windsor Plywood


Social Leadership Award: Presented to any business, community service group, charity, for-profit or non-profit organization that has contributed to the community with time, product, donations or support and whose participation in the community has a positive impact on the wellbeing of the Salt Spring Island residents.

 SaltyDog Daycare and Boarding Kennel
Al’s Gourmet Falafel & Fries
Community Alliance
Copper Kettle
Copper Kettle
Copper Kettle Community Partnership
Country Grocer
Emmis treasures
Greenwoods Eldercare Staff.
Gulf Island Heating and Refrigeration
Gulf Islands Families Together Society (GIFTS)
Krystle Capranos
OMG Boutique
Salt Spring Arts Council
Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce - Jessica Harkema
Salt Spring Exchange
Salt Spring Island Community Services
Salt Spring Island Poultry Club
Salt spring island poultry.
Salt Spring Island Public Library
Salt spring Lions Club
Salt Spring Solutions
Salt Spring Therapeutic Riding Association
Salt Spring Therapeutic Riding Association
Saltspring Tuesday Market


Customer Service Award: Presented to any business who, despite challenging circumstances, sets an example for customer service and demonstrates commitment to providing excellent customer service.

Altar Ink
Apple Photo
Axe & Reel
Barb's Bakery & Bistro
Bean drinkin cafe
Beddis Road Garage
Benjamin Moore
Country Grocer
Dani Girl Plumbing
Diggin’it excavating
Dragonfly Art Supply
El Loco Taco
Emmis Treasures
Ganges Grill
Gulf Island Automotive
Hastings House
Hemp House Hair Salon
Indelible Oddities
Moby’s Pub
Osisi Boutique
Quarrystone Events Planning & Catering
Ramona Lam Photography
Salt Spring Books
Salt Spring Wild Cider
Saltspring Beauty Bar
Saltspring inn
Seafirst insurance
The Mercantile
The Nest Hot Yoga
TJ Beans
Twang & Pearl
Twig and Buoy
Whiskers Pet Store
Windsor Plywood


Resilient New Business Award: Presented to a business that has been in operation for less than 3 years and has demonstrated perseverance and ability to adapt to the challenges presented in 2020.

Cedar Mountain & Co. - Storefront
Emmi’s Treasures
Fèrnwood Cafe
Harbour's End Sandwich Co.
Hemp House Hair Salon
Mavericks frozen treats
Myriam Outerbridge Photography
Quaint Essentials
Salt Spring Goods
Salt Spring Tiny Homes
Switchboard Café
The Pottery
Thrive Out of School Care


Resilient Business Owner Under 40: Presented to an entrepreneur who has demonstrated leadership, growth potential and the ability to adapt under the most challenging circumstances.

Alaysha Hunsburger - Saltspring beauty bar
Austin Steffich - Steffich Gallery
Brian Dubien - Foxes Boardgame Shop
Colton Prevost - SSI Mobile Electronic Repair
Daniel Cossin - Mavericks Frozen Treats
Daniel Millerd - Salt Spring Soda Co.
Danya Smith -  Lulu's Apron
Graham Outerbridge - Fresco Refrigeration
Jaci Malcom - Quench Salon
Jade Rosen - Backwoods Farm
Jesse Dawes - Gulf Island Automotive
Jessica Ells - Emmi’s Treasures
Larkin Schmiedl - Forest Heart Botanicals
Lisa Kowbel - OMG Boutique
Meghan Carr & Peter Hunt - Francis Bread
Miranda Caterer - Salt Spring Goods
Nick Williams - Mid Isle Marine & Equipment Ltd
Staci Chimes - Altar Ink
Taylor Booth - Bean Drinkin Cafe
Yvonne Angus - Salt Spring Adventure Company


Workplace Health & Safety Award: Presented to a business who has shown leadership and commitment to offering a safe environment for staff and patrons.

Als Gourmet Falafal and Fries
Barb's Buns
Country Grocer
Island Savings
Mineral Springs Resort
Moby's Pub
Salt Spring Auto Service
Salt Spring Island Community Services
Saltspring inn
The Fritz
The Tree House Cafe
TJ Beans


Resilient Woman in Business Award: This award celebrates women in business and their contribution to the local community. This award will be presented to a woman (must be a business owner) who has shown perseverance and adaptability in 2020. This award is open to nominees who identify as women, trans women, or non-binary.

Alaysha Hunsburger - Salt Spring Beauty Bar
Beachside - Anna Watkin
Becca Heck - Switchboard Cafe
Caroline Hopkins - Mondo Trading
Dani Clifford - Danigirlplumbing
Gerda Lattey - Salt Spring Wild Cider
Helen Mears - Pod Contemporary
Jana Thomas - Twang and Pearl
Janice Harkley - The Salt Spring Mercantile
Jennifer Emekoba - Osisi Boutique
Jessica Ells - Emmi׳s Treasures
Katherine Bowland - Natureworks
Katy Parsons - Bohemia Consignment
Lisa Kowbel - OMG Boutique
Lorainne Hamilton - Ruhbarb Design
Meghan Carr - Francis Bread
Meghan MacFarlane - Indelible Oddities
Roberta Martell - Twig & Buoy
Rumiko Kanesaka - NOOK
Salt Spring Goods - Miranda Caterer
Samantha Harron - Hemp House Hair Salon
Sarah Jane Smith Lyons - The Nest hot yoga
Staci Chimes - Altar Ink


Innovation Award of Excellence: This award will be presented to a business who demonstrated adaptability, innovation and the ability to pivot quickly in response to the challenges in 2020.

Buzzy's Luncheonette
Moby’s Pub
Salt Spring Books
Salt Spring Goods
Salt Spring Kitchen Co
Salt Spring Sea Salt
Salt Spring Shine
The Nest Hot Yoga
Tour Salt Spring


Green Business of the Year Award: This award will be presented to a business that in light of the challenges in 2020, continued to put the health of the environment at the forefront of their business.

Al's Gourmet Falafel and Fries
Alchemy Farm
Bearfoot Renewables
Bohemian Consignment
Dragland Design Build
Emmi's Treasures
Fraser's Thimble Farm
Green City Builders
Hemp house hair salon
Hey Day Farm
Hill Eater E-Bikes
Jade Watson Beeswax Wraps
Moonshine Mama's
Salt Spring Abbatoir
Salt Spring Island Kombucha
Salt Spring Water Co.
Samya Contracting
Terra Firma
Tour Salt Spring
West Coast Rainwater Harvesting


Community Award

Matt Steffich Community Impact Award: In honour of the late Matt Steffich for his positive impact and relentlessness to improve Salt Spring’s community, this award will be presented to an individual who strives to make Salt Spring Island a stronger community and a more enjoyable place to live. Bonus points if it’s done with a smile and joke thrown in.

Bryan Dubien - Foxes Board Game Shop
Bryan Young - Transition Salt Spring
Cherie Geauvreau - Copper Kettle / Wagon Wheel
Christopher Roy - Salt Spring Exchange
Darlene Gage - Transition Salt Spring
Dave Carlson - Lion's Club / Celebrity Accent
Elizabeth Fitzzaland - Solutions Salt Spring
Gayle Baker
Janine Fernandes-Hayden
Jessica Harkema
Jewel Eldstrom - Wagon Wheel Society / Copper Kettle
Jill Bartle
Jim Standen - Ev Club
John Herbert
Patricia Reichart - Farm Land Trust
Rhonan Heintzman - Solutions Salt Spring
Scott Merrick
Stan Shapiro
Tim & Jon
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October 21, 2020 2:23 PM

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