Ballots cast for community awards

More than 100 members of the business community have cast their ballots for this year’s Business and Community Awards Gala.

More than 100 members of the business community have cast their ballots for this year’s Business and Community Awards Gala.

The gala, near the end of February, will recognize excellence in 10 business categories. In addition, the community has been given the opportunity to vote for the Citizen/Volunteer of the Year Award.

The Mayor’s Award of Excellence, presented at the mayor’s discretion, will recognize a local organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the community.

The nominations were submitted in January.

A committee then narrowed down the finalists to two in each category.

From Feb. 3 to 18, members of the business community had the opportunity to vote for their choices.

Christine Petkau, executive director of the chamber, said around 170 votes were cast, with more than 100 coming from the business community.

While the number of business members remained the same as last year’s participation, more from the community cast their votes for the Citizen/Volunteer of the Year Award.

She added that in some of the categories, the votes were close, with as few as five votes separating the winner from the runner-up.

The awards will be presented at the awards gala on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Summerland Waterfront Resort. Local Lounge Grille will cater the event.