Awards celebrate family businesses

Nomination deadline for the 2016 Family Enterprise of the Year Award are due Dec. 15.

In recognition of family-owned businesses on Vancouver Island, the local chapter of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) is accepting nominations for its 2016 Family Enterprise of the Year Award.

The annual award by CAFE was started in an effort to honour, celebrate and promote the achievements and contributions of Canadian family businesses.

CAFE is Canada’s only national not-for-profit that celebrates and supports family business.

Nominations for Island nominees are being accepted until Dec. 15.

Eligible businesses must be family owned, defined by several criteria, including ownership or operation by different generations of a family, potential ownership to be passed on to a younger generation, more than one family member with active employment, and a head office located in Canada.

The Vancouver Island celebration gala takes place on Feb. 11 at the Victoria Golf Club. Residents can nominate eligible businesses that they feel are worthy of recognition.

To nominate a family business (self-nominations too) or for more details on the nomination process, visit www.cafecanada.ca/chapters/vancouver-island and fill out the form, or contact Bernadine Rudichuk at 250-532-2402 or vancouverisland@cafecanada.ca.