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News Release - February 2, 2021

Comox Valley Chamber Awards pay tribute to former CEO, Fred Bigelow

On Saturday evening at the Comox Valley Chamber Awards, the President's Merit Award was awarded (posthumously) to Comox Airport CEO, Fred Bigelow, in recognition of his selfless contributions to the Comox Valley community. CVAC would like to thank the Chamber for bestowing this honour on our beloved friend, mentor and boss. Fred is dearly missed by the team at CVAC.

The President's Merit Award, sponsored by North Island College, honours an individual that has made a significant contribution to the development, ethical stature or recognition in their field.

Earlier in the evening the new COVID Business Resiliency Award went to the Airport's On The Fly Café. When the pandemic hit co-owners, Jackie Bruneau and Andrea Wagemaker, developed a new menu focused on take-out, working with the airport on a new take away window to continue to serve in a COVID safe manner.

"Providing café services for passengers is an important aspect of customer service. By developing a workable solution for curbside access, the café was able to expand their market, without increasing traffic within the terminal - a necessity in these times of physical distancing. The popularity of "Pie on the Fly" has been an unprecedented success, and speaks to the importance of cooperation and creative solutions amidst the myriad of challenges due the pandemic. The airport team congratulates On The Fly Café for their most deserved award" said Airport CEO Mike Atkins.

The Comox Valley Chamber's Annual Gala and Business Awards was celebrated "virtually" on January 30th, with sponsors, nominees and local businesses attending via Zoom. Behind the scenes, Unveil Studios and West Coast Home Theatre pre-recorded and edited content, ensuring a seamless transition to the new virtual format. Our congratulations for a wonderful, successful event!

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Media Contacts:

Erin Neely
Comox Valley Airport
Cell: 250-218-2269
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