WEST VAN CHAMBER SALUTES AWARD WINNERS
By Staff Writer - North Shore Outlook
Published: June 08, 2011 12:00 PM
Updated: June 08, 2011 12:17 PM
Business of the Year - Annabel St. John of Paperqueen
Paperqueen has demonstrated the highest level of customer satisfaction by offering a personalized stationery business. Paperqueen has been featured in In Style magazine, Elle and Flare. Major high-end retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Holt Renfew recently became clients. Strong supporters of local charities, owner Annabel Mackay St. John is proud to be involved with local West Vancouver schools, the North Shore Family Services and the BC Cancer Foundation Inspiration Gala. The ultimate compliment was being chosen by Michael Bublé to create his wedding celebration invitation.
Citizen of the Year - Adrian Rowland
Adrian is a silent hero. He stood out because of his long-term commitment to building partnerships that foster protection and sustainability of the District’s natural assets. Specifically, Adrian has demonstrated his commitment to the West Vancouver Shoreline and continues to work with the municipality on environmental initiatives.
Green Business of the Year - Dr. Sara Kinnon of Bellevue Natural Health Clinic
Bellevue Natural Health Clinic has differentiated itself by designing its practice using environmentally friendly materials and offering organic products in its approach to holistic healing,. and to disposable plastic water bottles. Among the clinic’s many contributions to local charities, it is a sponsor of North Shore Green Markets.
Home-based Business of the Year - Anne Baird of Goddess Cards
Anne truly represents home-based business, working out of her apartment. She demonstrates innovation and initiative, selling directly to merchants, and also by changing her business model recently to focus on e-cards instead of paper cards, and the print media. She creatively designs her own cards.
Anne’s business acumen, demonstrated by her surveying the strategic landscape, and by shifting to e-cards,
has taken her company to a new level.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Rick Kim of Olive and Anchor in Horseshoe Bay.
Rick has shown tremendous entrepreneurial spirit in risking it all by closing the successful Ya Ya’s Oyster Bar in Horsehoe Bay in order to create the Olive & Anchor restaurant. He had the vision to see that a successful restaurant could be even better. In a business sector that has seen reduced sales over the last few years, Rick beat the odds with his vision of a winning formula for great food and atmosphere and has enjoyed growing revenue and popularity.