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Finalists for Glassies announced

Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce community awards gala is March 1

The Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce will honour the outstanding members of our community at The Glassies gala on March 1, and the award finalists have been announced.

All residents, employees and businesses of the Parksville district were eligible for nomination.

The community awards, called The Glassies, are sponsored by The Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Thrifty Foods, Vancouver Island University, Coastal Community Credit Union and CHEK News. They honour individuals, associations and businesses that have made a significant contribution to the community in 2012. The gala awards ceremony sells out every year, and is held at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre. The awards ceremony will be emceed by Gordie Tupper of CHEK News. For ticket information, call the chamber office at 250-248-3613. The nominees are:

Volunteer: Bob and Sheila Dale , Clarence Esslinger, Harold Roth

Customer Service: Lonnie Barr (Pharmasave), Anna Earnshaw (Thrifty Foods), Richard Stewart (Harris Oceanside Chevrolet Buick GMC)

Community Builder: Arrowsmith Search & Rescue, Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness

Entrepreneur: Kerri Isham (Power Up Workshops), Jonathan Michaels (Geeks on the Beach), Kiyomi Schulz (Mi by Kiyo Salon)

Business: Bosley's Pet Food Plus, Mi by Kiyo Salon, The Beach Club Resort

Youth of the Year: Nicolaas Annau, Dylan Harrison, Dale Narum

Citizen of the Year: Paul Drummond, Jo Dunn, Michelle Stilwell

— NEWS Staff