Corporate Community of the Year Award

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Award Criteria

  • Awarded to a Kelowna business 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 2019.
  • Past information and history of community involvement may be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.

2018 Corporate Community Award Recipients

Small Business
Secure-Rite Mobile Storage Inc.

Since opening their doors in Kelowna 13 years ago, Secure-Rite Mobile Storage Inc. has seen tremendous growth, which they realize would not have been possible without the support of our community. As such, they encourage their employees to volunteer throughout the year.

For the past five years, their staff have volunteered to fill 1,500 Christmas hampers at the Central Okanagan Food Bank. This is just one example where the organization and its employees show passion for their community.

In 2018, Secure-Rite donated containers to be used by several local organizations including Central Okanagan Food Bank, Fat Cat Children’s Festival, Inn From the Cold, Salvation Army, Shoe Bank Canada, Niteo Africa, the Adult & Teen Challenge as well as organizations in Calgary. Each donation covered the container itself and the staff time required to deliver, set up and pick up afterwards, totaling over $15,000 worth.

Secure-Rite earned the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Rising Star Award in 2007, and were recognized in 2013 with the Chamber’s Business Excellence Small Business Award. Other organizations that they have contributed to include School District 23, Okanagan College, Habitat for Humanity and Dentistry for All. They are proud members of many professional organizations and local groups and encourage a philosophy where they always put people first.

Medium/Large Business
Raymond James - Kelowna Corporate Branch

From growing muttonchops and a moustache to sprucing up offices with happy faced potted plants, the staff at the Raymond James Kelowna Corporate Branch know how to make people smile. Their culture of caring philosophy is clear in the many community-based initiatives they lead or take part in throughout the year.

In keeping with the national initiative RJ Cares Month, staff visited the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Kelowna offices and brought whimsically potted plants to brighten their reception area. In 2017, the corporate staff volunteered a total of 155 hours just in the month of May to local charities and groups for RJ Cares month. The entire administrative office took part in a spring spruce-up at the Central Okanagan Hospice House where they tended to the garden and re-painted the playhouse. The Central Okanagan Food Bank was the beneficiary of their Shred-It event, where $306 and 500 pounds of food was raised.

The Raymond James Corporate Branch jumped on board as the Presenting Sponsor for the inaugural Gorges Comeau HOMEBASE Charity Slo-Pitch Tournament in support of JoeAnna’s House, which successfully raised an impressive $117,000. In addition to sponsoring the event, many staff members were personally involved in volunteering through the organizing committee, managing their ball team and coordinating critical speakers for the event.

The investment company’s biggest impact on the community takes place each fall at their Christmas in November fundraising event. Over the past five years, they have raised more than $270,000 to donate back into our community. In 2018, $60,000 from Christmas in November went to the KSER Scholarship Fund in support of local student athletes and an additional $5,000 went to BrainTrust Canada.

Stephen Maser, an Advisor at the Corporate Branch really got into the part and grew a 70’s moustache and muttonchops as he danced with his wife in the Swinging with the Stars fundraiser for the Central Okanagan Hospice. The duo earned the Audience Choice trophy and in addition to the 70’s style, they were successful in raising over $15,000 in support of the cause.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 2017 - Scotia McLeod/Scotia Wealth Management (Small Business) 
  • 2017 - Crowe MacKay LLP (Medium to Large Business)
  • 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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