Awards

National Geographic Adventure Magazine| 2009

We were recommended to National Geographic and had to answer a long and detailed series of questions about our tours and company. They gave surveys to a few dozen of our guests as part of the process. Needless to say we we’re pleased when we found out we were included. As a scorecard, we see some room for improvement and are fine tuning our product.
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Rhonda receiving New Pioneer award

New Pioneers: Stories of 100 BC Women Entrepreneurs | 2008

Rhonda is honoured to be recognized for her entrepreneurial achievements. She enjoys sharing her experience with entrepreneurs of all ages. Creativity and seeing ideas come to life is what brings joy to Rhonda’s career. Rhonda congratulates all the other new pioneers recognized in the book as well as the previous generations of pioneers. She encourages young entrepreneurs to keep trying and always keep learning.

Text & Image below from the Women’s Enterprise Centre website

New Pioneers This book, New Pioneers: Stories of 100 BC Women Entrepreneurs is a celebration of the pioneering spirit of 100 contemporary women entrepreneurs from around the province. At Women’s Enterprise Centre, we feel it is not only important to recognize and celebrate our entrepreneurial roots, but also essential to record those accomplishments for the generations to come.

It is our hope that this book will build that awareness and encourage, influence, inspire, provide role models and motivate women and girls to consider entrepreneurship. The stories in this book showcase the successes and challenges which BC women entrepreneurs have faced. The book also highlights the support these women have received from friends, family members, women’s business networks and business service providers such as ourselves.

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Small Business of the Year
Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce | Port Alberni, BC | 2006

With the growth of our company we were pleased to be honored for excellence for a small business. We hope that other adventure tour companies look to Port Alberni as a place to base their operations.
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Alberni Valley Entrepreneurs of the Year
Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce | Port Alberni, BC | 2006
Winning this award once was gratifying. To win it twice is such an honour. The Alberni Valley is fertile ground for entrepreneurs. We encourage entrepreneurs to look to our area to grow their business.
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Rhonda Johnson receiving Business Excellence AwardTourism & Hospitality Business of the Year
Vancouver Island Business Awards| Victoria, BC | 2006
This prestigious award was unexpected and we were very honoured to win. Just to be considered for this award was wonderful.
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Times Colonist Fast 25 Award Winner | Victoria, BC | 2006
Batstar was a selected as a winner in the inaugural TC Fast 25 Awards. The awards celebrate local fast-growing companies of all sizes, was coordinated by the Victoria Times-Colonist, along with partner Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and sponsors KPMG, the University of Victoria, and Atomic Crayon.
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Alberni Valley Entrepreneurs of the Year | Port Alberni, BC | 2004
Rhonda and Blake appreciate the support of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce. “It’s nice to share it with all the local organic producers, suppliers and tourism partners, and artists that we do business with.”

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