By Positive Aquaculture Awareness
February 23, 2013
Feb. 23, 2013 Fish farmers and their suppliers had a lot to celebrate Saturday night, recognizing outstanding employees who have helped improve the aquaculture industry in B.C.
“Every year it gets better and better,” says Cory Percevault, president of Positive Aquaculture Awareness (PAA). “We love putting on this event, getting together to have a great time and to recognize people who do an exceptional job in aquaculture.”
The Positive Aquaculture Awareness society held its 14th annual dinner and awards night on Feb. 23, 2013 at the Eagles Hall in Campbell River. The sold-out event featured a delicious farmed seafood dinner, a silent auction, a heads and tails raffle and the highlight of the night, awards presentations.
Employees and managers were awarded for their leadership, on and off the job. The 2013 award recipients were:
- Business of the Year Award: BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences
- Environment Award: Mainstream Biological Consulting
- Leadership Award: Kevin Onclin, Badinotti Net Services
- Long-Term Achievement Award: Walter Worsley, Grieg Seafood BC
- Outstanding Employee Performance Award: Kevin Kephart, Walcan Seafood
- Outstanding Manager Performance Award: Dave Pashley, Marine Harvest Canada
- Rookie of the Year Award: Grant Warkentin, Mainstream Canada
- Outstanding Community Contribution Award: Dave Samson, Mainstream Canada
As in previous years, the awards night also provides an opportunity to raise money in support of important local not-for-profits that help benefit BC’s wild salmon. A total of $1,000.00 was raised and donated to the Campbell River Salmon Foundation to assist in its habitat restoration of local rivers.
The dinner and awards night is an annual fundraiser for PAA, a grassroots organization which is dedicated to promoting awareness of British Columbia’s aquaculture industry through public education and community involvement.