Corporate Community of the Year Award

Award Criteria

  • Awarded to a Kelowna business (small and medium/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.
  • Small business awarded to businesses with under 30 employees.  Medium/Large business awarded to businesses with 30+ employees. 
  • Selections are based on the business' volunteer support and/or financial contributions for the year 2018.
  • Past information and history of community involvement may be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.

2017 Corporate Community Award Recipients

Small Business
Scotia McLeod/Scotia Wealth Management

At Scotia McLeod Kelowna, volunteering and community involvement is seriously encouraged – so seriously, they offer employees paid time off to volunteer and provide matching donation opportunities. In 2017, the 19 regular full and part time staff donated a total of 1400 hours. And that’s not including over 3500 hours of painstakingly growing moustaches for Movember!

In total, Scotia McLeod donated over $176,000 of financial support to more than 25 different charities in our community – an amount that included almost $50,000 from Team Scotia Matching programs and $26,000 from their ‘Share the Wealth’ awards.

The Scotia McLeod Kelowna branch opened in the 1970s and has always offered support to various non-profits. Over the past three years, they have contributed more than $57,000 and countless volunteer hours to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

The Salvation Army has also been blessed by a dedicated commitment from Scotia McLeod employees. In 2017, they raised over $6,600 in cash and pledges and $2500 worth of food in just one day outside of Save-On Foods, and almost $34,000 during the Christmas Kettle Drive.

Other highlights in 2017 include selling pucks and helping with special events at Kelowna Rockets Games, hosting golf tournaments and volunteering on various boards.

Medium/Large Business
Crowe MacKay LLP

Between the 12 partners and 60 staff at Crowe Mackay, they have raised $24,700 for the United Way through various events ranging from volunteer payroll deduction to hosting fun events like their Ugly Christmas Sweater day. It’s that kind of office spirit that helped them be named as a finalist in 2017 for the CMHA Mentally Healthy Workplace award.

In May, the office raised over $6000 on the Big Bike for Heart & Stroke; in June, they sponsored the KGH Bike & Brail as well as a TedX event. In addition to being a $1000 sponsor for the CIBC Run for the Cure, staff and a 12 member running team raised an additional $5000 for the cause. Their biggest donation went to the BC Cancer Foundation – a total of $50,000 towards purchasing a PET/CT Scanner.

Since opening their doors in Kelowna in 1987, Crowe MacKay has supported the City of Kelowna in many ways. Partners and employees volunteer at numerous groups including Sunrise Rotary, Okanagan Sun Football, Okanagan College’s Business Advisory Committee, KGH Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Kelowna Minor Hockey, Scouts Canada, the Women’s Enterprise Centre’s and many more.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 2016 - Third Space (Small to Medium Business)
  • 2016 - Costco Whole - Kelowna   (Large Business)
  • 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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