There are rewards for being an ethical business, and they may include delicious Mexican food.
On November 17, the Rotary Club of Nakusp presented five awards to local businesses who were nominated by members in the community for their high ethical standards in their business practices.
The Seniors’ Hall was warm and welcoming, and filled the smells of good cooking, after travelling through the night of first real snow this winter. Guests were invited to fill their plates with enchiladas, tacos and a delicious creamy salad made by accomplished volunteer cooks. Many went back for seconds.
Dinner gave way to dessert, and then awards for the businesses deemed as deserving for this first year of the Rotary’s High Ethical Standards for Business and Professions Awards.
After collecting nominations from the public, a Rotary committee determined which fit the Four-Way Test and selected five businesses for the award. The Rotary four-way Test the nominations were guided through asks the following questions: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all?
This year’s inaugural list included Ron and Nancy Balske for their capabilities as fair negotiators and good communicators, values every home buyer or seller appreciate, as presenter Terri McLeod noted.
Wayne Abbot, who arrived after hockey practise and (unfortunately for him) after dinner, was presented with his award which was based on the good will and the trusting relationships he has with customers.
“Wayne and his staff show truth and fairness in providing estimates, speedy, safe and reasonably priced automotive repair, in addition to going the extra mile to transport customers to and from the shop,” McLeod said in congratulations.
From Home Hardware, Carol Olsen and Steve Fergusson were commended for their excellent customer service, cleanliness and neatness of the store and store grounds, and willingness to “go the extra mile” to help all their customers.
Travelworld’s Angela Mobrey was noted for giving best possible travel options and travel advice before and after a travel experience.
“The convenience of having a travel agency in town is appreciated by many in the community,” related McLeod.
Financial Service Representative Christy Peters from CIBC was recognized for her high standards of confidentiality and fair equitable treatment to all her customers demonstrated through her willingness to research the best investment rates for her customers.
The cheer and goodwill that radiated through the room, partly from the dinner but mostly from the wonderful company, likely kept many people warm on their snowy drive home that night.