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Corporate Community of the Year Award                                    

Award Criteria                                    

  • Awarded to a Kelowna business (small/medium and large) that has provided outstanding support for employee volunteerism in addition to financial contributions and initiatives having had a direct benefit on residents in Kelowna.
  • Selections are based on the business' volunteer support and/or financial contributions for the year 2016.
  • Past information and history of community involvement may be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.
Nominate a deserving business for Corporate Community of the Year. online nomination / pdf nomination

2015 Corporate Community Award Recipients

Boyd Autobody & Glass


What happens when you combine a classic old car and a barbeque? For Boyd Autobody, not only did it make a very cool looking “car-baque” but put the word fun into fundraiser. Over the years, “car-baque” rentals have resulted in an average of $2,500 annually for the SPCA. In 2015, Boyd’s added another “car-baque” to their fleet to help boost proceeds in coming years.

Every June, Boyd’s hosts the Father’s Day car show, generating a minimum of $10,000 annually to donate. In 2015, $11,124 was donated to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. Over the past 10 years, they’ve donated over $100,000, to various charities.

In 2015, the Girl Guides needed a truck to deliver Boyd’s 600 boxes of cookies which were then given to customers. Boyd’s Christmas Food Drop campaign generated so much, it took an entire week to disperse the van load to food banks through the valley. They also raised $2,500 over Christmas with a headlight restoration and exterior wash promotion for Cops for Kids.

Anticipating a shortage of trained collision repairman, Boyd’s have built a mobile collision repair demonstration vehicle they’re touring through local high schools and made a donation towards Okanagan College’s training facility.

Valley First


Valley First’s website states, “We give with our hearts, hands, minds and dollars,” and in 2015, they truly lived by these words. With hearts and hands, employees donated countless hours to the Kelowna Foodbank, Parks Alive! and through Make a Difference Days. They appeared at sweltering soccer games with cold drinks and freezies and at jamborees with snacks and water. Their Feed the Valley food drive is recognized nationally raising over $950,000 and 64,000 pounds of food since 2005 and in 2015, donated over $113,000 to local charities to prevent hunger.

With their minds and dollars, they’ve sponsored Kelowna United Soccer via the Valley First Soccer Center and helped attract outside attention, to offer programs during the winter months. They’ve also helped many young soccer players by subsidizing their fees and sponsoring the annual COYSA Indoor Soccer Tournament where they also collect donations for the Feed the Valley food drive. Additional events they sponsored in 2015 include the Tommie Awards, the Apple Triathlon and more.

They provide bursaries and scholarships for graduates and created a basic money management course for elementary schools kids. In Kelowna and surrounding area, they donated over $277,000 in 2015.

Past Recipients of the Award

2015 - Boyd Autobody & Glass (Small to Medium Business)
2015 - Valley First  (
Large Business)
2014 - Wentworth Music (Small to Medium Business)
2014 - Save on Foods (Large Business)
2013 - Mavazi Apparel (Small to Medium Business)
2013 - Cooper's Foods Rutland Store (Large Business)
2012 - Loyal Hair Therapy (Small to Medium Business)
2012 - Interior Savings Credit Union (Large Business)
2011 - The Women's Place Fitness Centre (Small to Medium Business)
2011 - BMO Bank of Montreal (Large Business)
2010 - Prospera Credit Union, Kelowna
2009 - MacKay Chartered Accountants
2008 - Telus
2007 - Scotiabank Group
2006 - Pushor Mitchell, LLP

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