Nature Pickin’s Market won the Outstanding Support Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s Nature’s Pickin’s Market wins Outstanding Support Award

Local business showed exemplary response to ensure safety of customers and employees during pandemic

Abbotsford’s Nature’s Pickin’s Market has won the Outstanding Support Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards presented by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and the Abbotsford News.

The Outstanding Support Award, sponsored by MNP LLP, is awarded to a business who has shown exemplary responses to the COVID-19 crisis to ensure the well-being of their employees, customers, and community.

This award recognizes an organization that demonstrates awareness and responsibility for the impacts of its employees, encourages healthy wellness practices and addresses their workers’ changing social, emotional, physical and financial needs. The recipient’s priority is the safety and well-being of those they work with and serve including their customers, employees, suppliers, and partners.

“My husband Doug and I own Nature’s Pickin’s Market,” stated Caroline Phillips from Nature’s Pickin’s Market. “We would like to say how grateful we are to have been nominated for the Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards. We know every business, organization and individual has faced unique challenges through this pandemic and we would like to thank the Abbotsford Chamber and the Abbotsford News for the support they are showing us all in recognizing some of those challenges. For us at Nature’s, we are grateful for the incredible support of our community that we are fortunate enough to serve. And we are deeply indebted to our crew. They are the backbone of who are and what we do, and we couldn’t be more proud of them than we are right now navigating through all these changes and challenges. It’s on behalf of our Nature’s family, that we thank you. We are truly honoured.”

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From the judges:

Nature’s Pickin’s Market celebrated 20 years of business in August and has continued to demonstrate outstanding support to Abbotsford and the local community at large.

This business took additional precautionary measures, prior to any healthy authority guidance or mandates, to protect the safety of the Nature’s Pickin’s team. They also have gone the extra mile to offer local products giving small businesses a chance to gain market exposure during a time when they have been restricted in doing so.

Even though it was unpopular, they incorporated a “no cash” and “mask up” policy to maintain the safety of their staff. This local business deserves Abbotsford’s applause on what it means to show outstanding support both internally and externally.

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Other nominees for the award included:

Kane Shannon Weiler LLP

Menno Place

Abbotsford News