Business awards

The Niverville chamber's business awards

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 or business person 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 the nomination process and requirements can be found at Business awards nominations.

2020 Award Nominees

Outstanding Customer Service:  

Bistro 290 - Shereen Rashwan  - owner 

Bistro 290 opened in March of 2020.  The Bistro has offered innovative programs including workshops, tasting events, Mini Folklorama, and travel inspired dishes as part of their business model. 

The Community General Store - Noella Andres (owner) 

The Community General Store opened its doors in June of 2020.  They are environmentally focused, offering an array of refillable products. They are a strong supporter of local artisans. Other offerings are locally created confections and fresh floral bouquets. There have been crafting workshops offered throughout 2020.

Outstanding Business of the Year 

MCC Thrift Store

MCC Thrift Store has been a Niverville staple for many years. They have a workforce of 150 dedicated volunteers and a limited number of paid staff. They have achieved a minimum 15% growth in sales and donations.  Gerald Loeppky credits this success to the strong community support from shoppers, donors, and volunteers. MCC attracts shoppers from the Winnipeg, Interlake and South East region. There were frequent cross-border shoppers prior to COVID. The MCC Thrift Store commits to sharing 50% of their profits to the Mennonite Central Committee for their worldwide ministry. 

They further contribute financially to local organizations which include Niverville Helping Hands, Niverville Youth for Christ programs, The Niverville Grow Hope project, the local Canadian food grains bank growing project, the Niverville High School graduate scholarships, and the Niverville PCH Chaplaincy program.

Niverville Bigway - John Schmitke 

Niverville Bigway has been operating since 2003, and currently employs 25 staff. Bigway remained open throughout COVID, providing our residents with a safe shopping enviornment. They also provide a free and flexible delivery service to our residents.

Bigway, along with John Schmitke, have been leaders in their commitment to giving back to the Niverville Community. John is currently on the Board of the Niverville Credit Union, The Old Tyme Country Fair, and and a volunteer fire fighter. They have contributed to many programs in town, including the Niverville Town Fair, Niverville Helping Hands, Communities in Bloom,  The Heritage Center, several hockey programs, the new local soccer team, Rage Ringette, Niverville Curling Club, Providence College, local churches, Youth for Christ and the CRRC.

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2019 Recipients

The 2019 Awards are presented by president, John Magri.
Outstanding Customer Service is awarded to RuffMutts.
The Outstanding Business award is awarded to Done hair, skin & nails. 
The Alex Fast Sr. Memorial Award has been awarded to Henry Friesen.

2018 recipients

Carl Fast (l) presents Ferd Klassen, Niverville Autobody, with the Alex Fast Sr. Memorial Award for community service. Ferd served with the Niverville Fire and Paramedic Service for 26 years with 18 of those as fire chief. He has contributed his time to many local charities and is always generous with his time and experience in helping other business people.
Doug Dyck (l), president of Heritage Lane Builders, receives the Outstanding Business of the Year Award from chamber president John Magri. In its 31st year of building homes, the company  is a family run business that places a high value on quality and relationships. One member of the judge’s panel commented, (The company’s) growth over time and the development of COR status is a testament to a business that has the right checks and balances in place.
Ryan Hamm (L), BSI regional branch leader, and Trevor Lux (R), protection specialist, BSI, accepts the 2018 Customer Service Award from John Magri, chamber president. Customers noted that BSI staff are welcoming, focussed, knowledgeable, and work efficiently.

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