Several deserving Peace River businesses were honoured Jan. 25 at the Belle Petroleum Centre when the Peace River & District Chamber of Commerce presented its Davis Awards. Businesses were nominated by the community, then chosen. The black tie event was called A Night at the Davis Awards and was deemed very successful by the chamber.

Peace River Brewing profile

Peace River Brewing was established by Tyrell Kehler and Medrey Bond in March 2018.
Thanks to the community and supporting patrons, it has grown to three times its opening capacity and expanded from growler fills only, to a tap room and event space. They are very fortunate and grateful to be on tap at six locations in Peace River and are occasionally featured at three other tap rooms around the province.
After only one year in business the brewery began selling canned products and grew from one employee to the seven amazing team members they currently employ.
Peace River Brewing encourages growth and partnership between local businesses, musicians and artists. This “community hub” enjoys holding live music events with local talent, Delivery Day, Trivia Nights, Plant Workshops, Brew Bite specials, and multiple Pint and Paint evenings.
Peace River Brewing alsos focus on giving back to the local community and have donated time, products or money to many non-profit organizations. Some include Peace Regional SPCA, Peace River Food Bank, SnowFest, and Slush Cup.
Peace River Brewing has also provided outings and special events for Sutherland Place, the Red Hat Society and held its first annual “Beer Mile” in partnership with the Peace River Running Club.
Peace River Brewing initially opened with two beers and has gone on to produce over 15 varieties. An important part of the brewery is the fact they produce a product made with locally available resources and provincially sourced ingredients.
Peace River Brewing is the first and only commercial brewery to open in Peace River.

Simply for Life profile

Dani Davis took over Simply For Life 2 1/2 years ago to help bring in more health and wellness to the Peace Region.
With custom meal plans and weekly consultations, she has been able to help many people reach their health goals.
Davis started out with 17 clients and a couple products on the shelves. A year in she was able to move locations and get a spot on Main Street! She now has 65 clients and a market full of tasty and healthy options for everyone.
Davis has been able to collaborate with many local businesses and has created some great and valuable relationships within the community. She recently hired her first employee, Angelica, this past October.

Tim Hortons profile

Barb and Gord Drummond met in 1989 in Fredericton, N.B. In search of adventure and opportunity, the couple made the exciting cross-country move to Peace River in 1990.
Gord worked for the Alberta Forest Service and Barb was an educator at Good Shepherd School. They eloped and were married by the Justice of the Peace [Tom Neary] down Shaftsbury Trail in Tom’s living room. They went grocery shopping at the Co-op afterwards.
By 2001, Gord felt it was time to change lanes and get into fast lane of entrepreneurship and they opened a Tim Hortons franchise. They aspired to become successful and give back to their community.
Barb and Gord worked tirelessly to make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality. As Gord was often heard to say, “Failing is not an option”. Their dedication and hard work would eventually pay off and they were able to open a second Tim Hortons location in Valleyview in 2010.
During those years they somehow managed to find time to have four children: Annie, Emma, Harrison and Clark. Their youngest was born with Down syndrome and significant health issues which challenged and pushed their family life beyond typical limits.
In 2016, Barb and Gord were provincially recognized by the Premier’s Council and received an Award of Excellence in Employment. The award recognized Albertans who demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in making positive changes that create inclusive, barrier-free communities where persons with disabilities can fully participate
Gord and Barb are strong advocates for Peace River’s disability community and their families. They are well-known for their generosity and commitment, particularly for people with developmental disabilities.
As Tim Hortons owners, Gord and Barbara have employed several individuals with disabilities and supported them in reaching their full potential.
For many years Gordon and Barbara have provided a wide range of supports and initiative that contribute to an inclusive community for persons with disabilities and their families in the Peace River region. They are both committed to advocating on opportunity and equal treatment, inclusion and the celebration of individuality. In January 2017 Barb and Gord were presented with the DMI Henry Fuller Davis Award of Selflessness “which recognizes a person/persons who consistently displays unselfish concern for others’ welfare” presented by Amber Armstrong of DMI.
Programs and initiatives are too numerous to mention.

Mercer Peace River profile

Since 1990 Mercer Peace River has had a continued commitment to innovation and ecological land-based management as the stewards of 2.7 million hectares of northwestern Alberta forests.
Mercer Peace River continues to produce both premium quality hardwood and softwood kraft pulp at their state-of-the-art bleached kraft pulp mill.
Mercer is proud of its efforts toward the full utilization of all its biomass materials and its sustainable by design structure.
At Mercer Peace River, the company embraces strong environmental and ecosystem-based forest management practices, while securing strong and long-lasting collaborative relationships. Mercer does this by working alongside local communities, First Nation and Metis people, and all stakeholders to ensure they protect the future together.
Mercer is proud supporters of the local Peace Region. Being an active member of our community is important to them, which is why they continuously seek ways to invest in community focused organizations.
Recognized as one of Alberta’s Top 75 Employers, Mercer Peace River provides the northwest Alberta region with approximately 300 jobs, offering opportunities for growth and meaningful work in a safe, collaborative learning environment.

Fountain Tire profile

Established in 1956, Fountain Tire is one of Canada’s premier tire and automotive service networks with 160 locations spanning Central and Western Canada.
Fountain Tire’s unique partnership-based business model is built on local ownership – and that includes Fountain Tire in Peace River. The Fountain Tire Peace River location first opened its doors over 40 years ago and more recently relocated to a brand new location under the leadership of Brad Dobransky.
Brad and his team, in the new state-of-the-art building offer tire, tire-related services as well as mechanical services for consumers but also to commercial truck fleets and off-road vehicles used in the agriculture, oil and gas, mining, and construction sectors. Their focus and commitment has always been their customers and supplying quality products and services to earn their customers trust.
Fountain Tire believes in the power of local communities and that includes being heavily involved in all sorts of community initiatives like sport sponsorships, non-profit organization help, and supporting various fundraisers to drive Peace River forward.

Mighty Peace Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd. profile

Might Peace has been a family-owned and operated business since May 2015.
They employ a staff of 45 people and sell over 500 vehicles a year. They have made many long-lasting relationships with its customers and neighbours of the Peace Region.
Mighty Peace is very proud to have achieved its goal they set out five years ago to get involved with the community to make Peace River the best place to call home.
Following are a few events and sponsorships Mighty Peace has supported: Motocross Club Annual Race, World Jet Boat Races, Heritage Run, Peace River Air Show, Peace River and District Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, Oil- men’s Golf Tournament, Miserable Miles, Mighty Peace Hill Climb, Misery Mountain Truck Raffle, Stuff the Bus Toy Drive, the Peace River Navigators hockey club, the Grimshaw Huskies hockey club, Snowmobile Poker Rally and Nampa Hockey Food Drive.