Business awards

Outstanding Customer Service Award

Recognizing great businesses

The Niverville Chamber of Commerce started its business recognition program in 2015 for the 2014 year with two categories: Business of the Year and Outstanding Customer Service.

In 2016, the Alex Fast Sr. Memorial Award was added to the program. This award recognizes a business that has made outstanding contributions to the community.

Nominations can be made at any time during the year. Awards are presented at the chamber's annual general meeting in the spring.

Details on nomination process, requirements, forms can be found at Business awards nominations.

2017 recipients

Chamber vice-president John Magri presents Clare Braun with the Alex Fast Sr. Memorial Award for community service. Clare is a former mayor of Niverville who has an unbeatable passion for the community. He has also volunteered as a pastor, sports coach, and fundraiser/chair of the committee currently working to bring a Community Resource Centre to Niverville. In business, Clare is a realtor and developer and in a past life was a restauranteur.

Karen Albaugh, owner of done, hair skin & nails, receives the Outstanding Customer Service Award from chamber vice-president John Magri. One customer said of the customer service orientation of the business, "Karen and her team have worked very hard to accommodate and attend to the needs and wants of their clientele."


Wiens Furniture and Appliances was presented with the Outstanding Business of the Year Award. The Wiens family has been in business in Niverville since 1939. The fourth generation is now involved in the  store. Pictured here are Dylan and Amanda Wiens receiving the award from chamber vice-president John Magri.

2016 recipients

(Lto r)  Business of the Year: Fusion Industries, Leon Desmarais; Outstanding Customer Service, Niverville Autobody, Ferd Klassen; Alex Fast Sr. Memorial: Niverville Bigway, John Schmitke

2015 recipients

Winner of the Alex Fast Sr. Memorial Award: Niverville Credit Union. (l to r) Carl Fast, son of Alex; Ken Rempel, NCU general manager, Ron Ashcroft, NCU lending services manager, and Sandy Charette, NCU manager deposit services; and Andy Anderson, Niverville chamber director.
Outstanding Business of the Year: The Great GORP Project, founder Colleen Dyck, presented by chamber director Andy Anderson.
Outstanding Customer Service: done hair skin and nails,owner Karen Albaugh.

2014 recipients

Outstanding Business of the Year: Wm Dyck & Sons, owners Heather & Carl Fast, presented by Andy Anderson, chamber director.
Outstanding Customer Service: Sparkline Autoworks, owners Allan & Brenda Sawatsky