By Staff Writer – Salmon Arm Observer
Published: April 20, 2011 9:00 AM
Updated: April 20, 2011 9:01 AM

Applause: Clients at the Shuswap Association For Community Living congratulate executive-director Jo-Anne Crawford and board vice-chair Liz Foster on the 2011 Community Booster of Excellence Award. Photo by James Murray/Observer

The first four of nine Business Excellence Awards for 2011 were presented Tuesday. They were: 

Sedo International Foods – 2011 Rookie Business of Excellence Award, for outstanding achievement in the first 18 months of operations. Nominator: “Sedo brings a high quality in products and service to Salmon Arm, quality in variety of products made in Salmon Arm. The international taste of sausages is a great asset to Salmon Arm. They also support local charity.” 

Shuswap Association for Community Living – 2011 Community Booster of Excellence, for remarkable contributions to community initiatives by a non-profit community-based organization. Nominator: “The Shuswap Association for Community Living has positively impacted both our business and the lives of the people it supports. Their dedication to their various programs including the “Made to Order” employment program are a great success giving everyone an equal chance for employment and filling the need in the business community.” 

Stewart Fuson, Shuswap Home Repair & Construction – 2011 Business of Excellence Award, for overall business excellence and achievement. Nominator: “I left Stewart Fuson the keys to our tired and worn semi-waterfront house in Eagle Bay. I returned a few weeks later to my perfect dream home by the lake. For once I was speechless. Stewart and his crew had listened to what we wanted and did a flawless job of blending the old with the new to create a home that had warmth and character updated for modern living.” 

Richard Hurtubise of Shu Dogs – 2011 Customer Service of Excellence by an Individual Award, for demonstrated commitment to excellent service by an individual. Nominator: “When someone refers to the hotdog stand at the Ross Street Square, they rarely (if ever) use the business name of Shu Dogs. Everyone knows it as Richard’s place. Richard hands out free Freezies to the kids passing by, offers free samples to those on their coffee breaks and always has time to converse with a senior on the park bench. Not to mention his ability to make you the most decadent gourmet hotdog you’ll ever have.” 

The awards are hosted by the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Salmon Arm.