Lululemon founder Chip Wilson was given the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award at the Westside Business Awards dinner on February 14.
It was just one of the awards that recognizes the businesses that make the neighbourhood such a vibrant community.
This years Westside Business Awards distinguished recipients are:
Best in Business: Nicola Wealth Management
Best Business Person: Michael Gokturk, Payfirma Corporation
Best New Entrepreneur: Lorenzo Bottazzi, The BiBo Restaurant
Best Restaurant: Hapa Izakaya
Best Retailer: Zulu Records
Best Community Spirit: Raymond Greenwood, Mr. Fireworks
Best Green Business: Recycle-Now
Best Not-For-Profit: West Side Family Place
The night of glamour and applause was held at the contemporary Jewel Ballroom. The MC was News 1130 personality Richard Dettman. The much-anticipated evening also included a silent auction, live jazz and a three-course dinner for its guests and VIPs.
The community has really raised the bar this year with the quality of nominations, says Chamber president, Julien Phipps. It makes the judging process extremely difficult as there were several contenders in each category that could have been worthy recipients. The Kitsilano Chamber is grateful to everyone who supports and celebrates this wonderful local achievement. It serves as an excellent reminder of how much talent and spirit there is on the Westside.