Nine businesses in the Alberni Valley are among 70 nominated for Vancouver Island Business Excellence awards.
Alberni Electric, Alberni Power & Marine, Dave Koszegi RE/MAX, Earth Land and Sea, Flurer Smokery, San Group, Shelter Farm, Timber Tiles and West Coast River Lodge have all been named finalists in the Grant Thornton LLP Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards. Winners will be announced during an in-person gala Thursday, March 17 at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort in Victoria.
The award nominations encompass both 2020 and 2021 because the event was cancelled last January due to the coronavirus pandemic, said Mark MacDonald of the Business Examiner, which coordinates the event. This is the 21st year for the Island-wide business awards.
“We are expecting this to be a celebration about the best of the best in Vancouver Island like never before,” MacDonald said.
“It has been a tremendous struggle for many Island businesses, and they probably deserve medals just for surviving the government restrictions and shutdowns,” MacDonald said. “So to have an opportunity to get together, visit and enjoy a great evening is something we’re all looking forward to.”
Grant Thornton LLP is the title sponsor of the event, and winners of each of the 17 categories will be invited to a special “Breakfast for Champions” round-table the following morning, hosted by Grant Thornton LLP and Business Examiner.
RBC Royal Bank, Van-Isle Windows and Coastal Community Credit Union are gold sponsors of the event, and Black Press is the media sponsor.
Nominations are evenly split between companies north of the Malahat and south of the Malahat.
“Our judges have their work cut out for them, as the quality and number of finalists are outstanding, as it is each year,” notes MacDonald. “Everyone has been isolated to some degree, so it’s a re-introduction to celebratory, in-person gatherings that we have all missed.”
Provincial COVID-19 protocols mandate that all attendees must show Delta Ocean Pointe staff proof of vaccinations prior to admittance.
Tickets to the event are $145 plus GST, and are also available through the website: