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 2017.
  • Past information and history of community involvement may be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.

2016 Corporate Community Award Recipients

Costco Whole - Kelowna

Since opening in August 1991, Kelowna’s Costco has not only provided giant sized portions at regular sized prices but has given back to the community too. The 100% participation rate in their employee donation program means that all 430 employees – from the greeter handing you coupons on the way in, to the guy swiping your bill with a marker on the way out – contribute, raising over $93,000 each year. Employees are also encouraged to volunteer, banking hundreds of hours annually including their Reading Tutoring Program at Spring Valley Elementary School.

The Invasion Championship Wrestling event is a semi-annual fundraiser put on by Costco employee volunteers that has raised almost $100,000 over the past three years for local non - profits. Costco also holds annual fundraising campaigns for United Way, CSO, BC Children’s Hospital and the Breakfast Club of Canada.

Every year Costco donates 300 fully stocked backpacks to schools in our community for children in need and they’ve also helped to supply 175 car seats for local families that otherwise could not afford them.

For the truly marginalized, they donate bakery items daily to the Salvation Army and weekly to the Gospel Mission as well as non-perishable foods and produce to the local food bank.

Third Space Coffee

From the outside, Third Space Coffee looks like a funky place to grab a latte, but designed as a place to build relationships, potential and wholeness, there’s a lot more t han just a great coffee inside.

With 100% of its profits reinvested into its core serv ices of counseling, coaching and chaplaincy, Third Space focuses on wellness of spirit, mind and body, with services including life guidance from registered counselors, professional development coaching and chaplains to encourage spiritual exploration.

In October 2016, Third Space ran a 30-day initiative called The Gratitude Project, promoting awareness about what it means to be grateful. By partnering with nursing students at UBCO, they helped School District 23 students create cardboard puzzle pieces, which will be used by a commissioned artist to create an installation at the new RCMP building to remind officers they are admired and respected. During the month, they also raised nearly $24 00 for the RCMP’s Honour House.

Third Space has entered a five-year agreement with UBCO’s nursing and social work programs for hosting forums and supporting students with practicums as well as renovating the counseling space onsite at UBCO. They are also long standing sponsors of the Kelowna Women’s Shelter.

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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