The Summerland Chamber of Economic Development and Tourism is asking for nominations for the 78th annual Business and Community Awards. A total of 12 awards will be presented at the awards gala on Feb. 27.
Nominations are accepted for various business categories as well as for the Citizen/Volunteer of the Year Award.
Christine Petkau, executive director of the Summerland Chamber, said nominations have already been submitted for some of the categories.
She said in past years the Business of the Year Award and the Rising Star Award, recognizing new businesses, have received numerous nominations.
The attention given to the Rising Star Award shows the changes within the business community.
“As business owners retire and sell their businesses, new owners bring new energy and new vitality to the community,” Petkau said.
The Citizen/Volunteer of the Year Award also receives many submissions.
“I’m always struck by the profiles of the individuals nominated for this category,” Petkau said.
She explained that many of those nominated are active volunteers whose contributions are made quietly.
“Summerland has a lot to be thankful for in its volunteers,” she said.
Nominations are open until Jan. 20 at 5 p.m.
Nominees will be honoured at a special reception at the Arena Banquet Room on Jan. 28, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m.
A short list of nominees will be compiled later.
From Feb. 3 to 18, members of the chamber will have the opportunity to vote for the winners.
The public is invited to vote for the Citizen of the Year.
The awards will be presented on Feb. 27.
In addition to the business and volunteer categories, the Mayor’s Award of Excellence is also presented at the gala.
This award is given to an organization making an outstanding contribution to the community.