The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for its annual Community Awards.
Each year the chamber honours individuals and businesses for their contribution to the community following a nomination period, during which residents and visitors are encouraged to nominate those they consider deserving of recognition.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which is sponsored by Community Futures Central Island, is Brent Johnson. The Lifetime Achievement award strives to recognize an individual in the community who has, among other things: helped foster business growth, shown a strong commitment to the community, has a history of volunteerism, demonstrates success and excellence, and serves as a role model.
Twenty people and businesses were nominated in the seven categories. For Business of the Year, which is sponsored by the Career Centre, the nominees are Captivating Details, Bodysculptors Fitness and the Qualicum Toy Shop.
For Citizen of the Year, sponsored by Qualicum Foods, the nominees are Judy Southern and Mary Brouilette.
For Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by the Society of Organized Services, the nominees are John McLenahan, Tom Davies and Butch Gayton.
For New Business of the Year, sponsored by Katherine Wilk of Royal LePage, the nominees are Purples Essentials, Oceanside Art Studio and LoveShack Libations.
For Newsmaker of the Year, which is sponsored by the PQB News, the nominees are: Quality Foods founders John Briuolo and Ken Schley on the sale of a business they grew to 13 stores and more than 1,000 employees in 35 years; Chesapeake Shores for returning to the region to film for a second season; and Lynne Noble for guiding her senior women’s curling rink to the B.C. championship and a bronze medal at nationals.
For Outstanding Customer Service, sponsored by Pharmasave, the nominees are Mid-Isle Veterinary Hospital, Ken Bowerman of Quality Foods and the Pharmasave photography department.
For Young Entrepreneur, sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union, the nominees are Rebekah Anne of Bekah-Anne Accessories, Mandolyn Johanssen of Island SodaWorks Bistro and Jenny Hughes of Oceanside Art Studio.
The awards will be presented at a special gala event on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. Tickets for the dinner and awards are now on sale. For more information, contact Anne Dodson at 250-7520-0960.
— NEWS Staff/
Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce