Best employees recognized tonight 103 nominated in annual awards The 103 best employees in Whistler will be feted tonight (Friday) at the annual AMEX/Whistler Chamber of Commerce Employee Recognition Program. Held this year at the Chateau Whistler Frontenac Ballroom, the employees were nominated by Chamber member employers. Each employee will receive a watch and certificate, but all will have a shot at the grand prizes: $1,000 in American Express money, a deluxe weekend for two in Vancosy, or a mountain bike from Whistler Backroads Mountain Bike Adventures. New this year is additional sponsor Dominion Directory Information Services. It has kicked in $5,000 to help cover the cost of the employee recognition program. "It's such an important thing to recognize our best employees," says Thelma Johnstone, Chamber of Commerce director. Employees in this resort are reminded time and again of what good customer service means. Thanking the best is Whistler's way to applaud the level of service offered. The deadline to nominate the best employees is past, but "we would never say it's too late," Johnstone says of delinquent Chamber members. This year’s best are (as supplied by the Chamber of Commerce): Jerry Jhuty, Alpine Lock & Safe; Anne Fallow, Anderson Financial; Hans Shah, Araxi Ristorante; Lisa Atkinson, Big Bad Chad; Nicole Desmarais, Blackcomb Barber Shoppe; Jaydel Seigner, Buffalo Bill's; Kyle Deverill, Il Caminetto Di Umberto; Steve Alexander, Caramba; Nicole MacKinnon, Chateau Whistler; and Rory Tucker, Coast Mountain Photography. John Adams, Corporate Play People; Dave Barnes and Carly Drisdelle, Cow's Whistler; Evan Korec, Crown Resort Accommodations; Marki Carr, Crystal Lodge; Betty D. Neudorf, Custom House Currency; Rquia Afilal and Deanna Riddell, Delta Whistler Resort; Betty Richards, Dual Mountain Dry Cleaners; and Michael McCoy, Eddie Bauer. Chris Addario, Evolution; Diana Hellyer, Fun For Kids; Sarah Plummer, Garibaldi Pumphouse; Mark Danby, Hermon Bunbury & Oke; Karen Roland, Hoz's Pub; Gavin Smith, Hy's Steakhouse; Barbara Turrin, Keir Fine Jewellery; Gurgit Dhaliwal, La Rúa; Wanda Dibernardo, Little Mountain Bakery; and Cindy Pelletier, McMillan Thorn & Co. Ltd. Michael Sheehan, Mountain Air Industries; Janis McInnes, Mountain FM; John Thornhill, Mountain Motors; Ryan Floro, Shannon Railton and Ben Smith, Mountain World Entertainment; Sheila Lacombe, Nesters Market; Vivien Jennings, North Shore Credit Union; Geoff Mott, Old Spaghetti Factory; and Katherine Wood, Pan Pacific Lodge Whistler. Deanna Turnbull, Pique Publishing; Melissa Hood, Plaza Bistro; Mike Fidork, Pomar Building Projects; Angela O'Brien, Jason Elgert and Christine Hughes, Powder Resort Properties; Sean Wolfe, Quantum Technology Corp.; Catherine Harney, Race & Co.; Krista Sweetnam, Rainbow Retreats Accommodations; and Karen Grommada, Resort Municipality of Whistler. Rachael Loos, Rogers Chocolates; Annette Cannaday, Roseway Travel; Roger Molinaro, Sabre Transport Ltd.; Silvia Dolson, Sea to Sky Real Estate; Carole Mason, Summit Strata Management; Kath D'Amico, Tamwood International College; Garth Reiss, Tantalus Lodge; Joyce Hart, TD Bank; Mona Johansson, Thai One On; and Daniela Maestri, The Body Shop. Anthony O'Brien, The Escape Route; Mike Groot, The Grocery Store; Eric Wilson, Trattoria Di Umberto; Alana Burley, Upper Village Market; Suzanne L. Carrier, Vancouver Cigar Co.; Sue Emerson, Whiski Jack Resorts Ltd.; Derek Rhodes, Whistler Backroads; Shannon Lee Housden, Whistler Body Wrap; Greg Martin, Whistler Chalets; and Michele Rideout, Whistler Chamber of Commerce. Lynda Weese, Whistler Heated Mini Storage; Ray Brisebois and Gail Skuce, Whistler Husky; Sarah Lemieux, Whistler Kitchen Works; Niki Flumerfelt, Whistler Law Offices; Amelia Wong, Whistler Peak Properties; Trish Bowdler, Whistler Physiotherapy; Joan Richoz, Whistler Public Library; and Renay Kelly, Whistler Real Estate. Diane Armitage and Dana Samu, Whistler Resort Association; Dan Martin, Whistler Transit; Irene Sheppard, Whistler's 1 Hour Foto Source; and Todd Hockley, Whistler McDonald's. Maarten Bonten and Beth Bonten, Woodrun; and Annabelle Fawcett and Leane Grant, Zeuski's. Whistler/Blackcomb nominees are: Genevieve Blanshard, Chad Burton, Katrina Carroll-Foster, Dana Crowe, Meghan Donoghue, Christine Ellis, Natalie Gabriele, Michelle Garrett-Jones, Andrew Morrison, Mark Muller, Nigel Praine, Tom Prochazka, Eugene Rickli, and Kathryn Tumpach.