Trevor McDonald wins Stan Rogers Legacy Award

Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce names musician and community supporter for annual honour

  • Dec. 21, 2016 8:00 a.m.
Trevor McDonald was honoured with the Stan Rogers Legacy Award on Tuesday night

Trevor McDonald was honoured with the Stan Rogers Legacy Award on Tuesday night

Three cheers for Trevor McDonald!

Chilliwack’s ultimate musical host has been awarded the Stan Rogers Legacy Award, for his many contributions to the community over the years.

The award is given annually by the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, and the winner is selected by an independent panel of judges. They offered glowing accolades for McDonald on Tuesday at the monthly Chamber Connections meeting, when announcing the award.

“To be a volunteer and a good corporate citizen, one must be able to bring people together to accomplish a common goal,” the judges said, adding that McDonald “has embodied these attributes incredibly well.”

McDonald works around the clock to improve community events and promote the city. He is the host of That ’70s Show on 89.5 The Drive, emcee for Party in the Park, and a supporter of several organizations and businesses in Chilliwack, including the Anavets and Chilliwack Bowls of Hope. He is also an accomplished musician and recording artist.

Still, the win was a shock to McDonald.

“It was so amazing, and a huge surprise,” he said Wednesday morning. “It’s really, truly an honour.”

The judges said it’s also McDonald’s love for Chilliwack that earned him the award.

“The love of one’s community means that everyone works toward a common goal to bring success and a sense of pride to each event. Being on a committee does not just mean completing the task you have taken on, but to collaboratively work together to fulfill the vision, create excitement and inspire passion,” they said. “When it comes to promoting Chilliwack and its community events, there is one person that is sure to be front and center much of the time.”

Stan Rogers was a well-known Chilliwack entrepreneur, and the president of Legacy Pacific. He passed away April, 2014. Rogers may be best remembered for the wholesale transformation of what was known as The Berry Lands on South Sumas at Unsworth.

The rest of the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards will be handed out at a their annual gala on Jan. 21. This year’s theme is Chilliwack’s Biggest Night — A Red Carpet Affair, and will be held at Chilliwack Heritage Park. It will be the 22nd annual event, and is   often sold out. The night includes a wine tasting reception, live music and entertainment, and 18 Business Excellence Awards.

The nominees are:

Professional Service Award, sponsored by Star 98.3:

Baker Newby LLP

OTG Development Concepts

Ken Andriashek, ReMax Nyda Realty

Select Real Estate

Simpson Notaries

Willow Dental Care – Garrison Crossing

Tracey L’Hoist Personal Real Estate Corporation



Employee of the Year, sponsored by The Chilliwack Times:

Sadie – 89.5 The Drive

Mike Ayers – Ann Davis Transition Society

Natalie Karam – Chilliwack Society for Community Living

Cara Dedels – Downtown Chilliwack BIA

Jessica Killer – HUB International Barton Insurance Brokers

Jim Vermeer – Ironside Design Manufacturing

Brandon Melville – Mr. Lube Chilliwack

Ammar Nabod – Myriad Information Technology

Gregory Hallett – Otter Co-op

Sarah Anthony – The Book Man


Agriculture Producer Award, sponsored by University of the Fraser Valley – Agriculture Centre of Excellence:

Forstbauer Natural Food Farm

Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry

Gracemar Farms

Joiners Corn

Meadow Valley Meats Ltd.

Rogers Foods Ltd.

Sardis Secondary School Farm


Development Excellence Award, sponsored by Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board:

Canada Lands Company CLC Ltd.– River’s Edge

Englewood Courtyard Management Corp.

Garrison Corner

Gore Brothers New Homes

Mr. Build Contracting Ltd.


Inclusive Employer Award, sponsored by Chilliwack Society for Community Living:


Hofstede’s Country Barn

Save On Foods


Retail Excellence Award, sponsored by Canada Lands Company:

All Things Being Eco

Canadian Tire

Hofstede’s Country Barn

Larco Industries Inc.

Little Village Shoe Boutique

Lolly’s Fashion Lounge

Murray Honda Chilliwack

Sardis Park Wines

Shoppers Drug Mart – Southgate Centre

The Book Man


Sustainability Award, sponsored by The City of Chilliwack:

Coast Chilliwack Hotel

Emterra Environmental

Larco Industries Inc.

Chilliwack Rotary Book Sale


Manufacturing Award, sponsored by TD Canada Trust:

Clegg Woodcrafts

DC Machine

Ironside Design Manufacturing

Larco Industries Inc.


Recreation, Leisure & Hospitality Award, sponsored by MNP”

Best Western Rainbow Country Inn

Chilliwack Circle Farm Tour – Tourism Chilliwack

Chilliwack Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm

Chilliwack Park Society

Coast Chilliwack Hotel

Hampton Inn by Hilton Chilliwack

Heritage Park

Pure Life Paddleboards


Not-For-Profit/Service Award, sponsored by Chances Chilliwack:

Ann Davis Transition Society

Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society

Chilliwack Community Services

Chilliwack Hospice Society

Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children & Family Services

Rotary Club of Chilliwack

Rotary Club of Chilliwack Fraser

The Chilliwack Salvation Army Care and Share Centre

BCSPCA Chilliwack

Chilliwack Family YMCA


Dining Excellence Award, sponsored by Odlum Brown:

Cookie’s Grill

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar

Jimmy J’s Grill

Lakeside Beach Club

Mr. Mikes Steakhouse Casual

Original Joes

Pho Galaxy

The Royal Café

The Well @ Chances Chilliwack


Young Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by Murray Honda:

The Lakeside Beach Club

Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors Ltd.

Vedder Mountain Bike Company

Voltage Sound and Security


New Business of the Year Award, sponsored by KMPG:

Browns Socialhouse Eagle Landing

CoWork Chilliwack

Did I Mention Flowers?

Marcom Signs & Graphics

Murray Mazda

Otter Co-operative

Petsmart Chilliwack

Select Real Estate

Studio B Yoga & More Inc.

The Mad Butcher


Aboriginal Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sto:lo Community Futures:

Bear Image Productions (BIP)

Garrison Bistro

Serenity Chiropractic

Vedder Crossing Plaza Management – Tzeachten First Nation


Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Baker Newby LLP:

Allegiance 1 Security

Chances Chilliwack

Larco Industries Inc.

Lock’s Prescription Pharmacy Ltd.

Murray Honda Chilliwack

Sardis Park Wines

Project Dance

The Book Man

The Town Butcher


The Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most broadly-based business organization in Chilliwack. Representing more than 450 members of every size, sector and region of the area, the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce is The Voice of Business in Chilliwack.

The 22nd annual Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards will take place at Chilliwack Heritage Park on Saturday, January 21st. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce office by calling (604) 793-4323 or by visiting the Chamber of Commerce website at



RELATED STORY: Chilliwack remembers Stan Rogers, published April 2014