Nominations open for community awards

Summerland businesses, individuals will be honoured for outstanding efforts

Summerland Chamber of Commerce is taking nominations for their 80th annual Business and Community Excellence Awards.

Nominations are now open for the 80th annual Summerland Business and Community Excellence Awards.

The awards, organized by the Summerland Chamber of Commerce, include 11 business awards and four community awards.

Christine Petkau, executive director of the Summerland Chamber of Commerce, said the nominations each year show the best of Summerland’s businesses and citizens.

“I’ve always been impressed with the quality of the nominees,” she said.

The business award nominees must be licensed Summerland businesses or corporate members of the Summerland Chamber, except for the Excellence in Agriculture Award.

The community awards are given to individuals or organizations in the community.

The business categories are Business of the Year, Rising Star, Sustainability Leader, Technology and Innovation, Award for Excellence in Agriculture, Professional Services excellence, Trade Services, Manufacturing/Industrial Excellence, Retail Excellence, Tourism and Hospitality Excellence and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Community awards are Award for Excellence in Customer Service, Arts Award, Citizen/Volunteers of the Year and Excellence in Community Youth Leadership, a new award category.

The Excellence in Community Youth Leadership Award is sponsored by NeighbourLink. It will be given to a secondary school senior student who has demonstrated exemplary dedication to the community through volunteer commitments and youth leadership.

She said the business nominees have made outstanding efforts in their fields, while the community awards show outstanding individual efforts.

“It’s very moving to see what a lot of individuals are doing every day to support the community in quiet but vital ways,” she said.

Nominations must be submitted no later than Jan. 25 at 11:59 p.m. The online nomination form is available on the chamber website at summerlandchamber.com.

A nominees’ reception will be held Friday, Feb. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Arena Banquet Room. This reception is sponsored by Nesters Market.

The awards ceremony will be held Saturday, March 3 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Centre Stage Theatre.

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