Top 20 under age 40 names sought

If you know someone in Albenri who you think is outstanding in business or community work, then the Top 20 Under 40 wants to hear from you

If you know someone you think is outstanding in business or community work, then the Top 20 Under 40 wants to hear from you.

Officials from the Top 20 Under 40 are canvassing across Vancouver Island for nominations for the initiative. Roger McKinnon made a presentation on behalf of the organization to Port Alberni city council at their Tuesday meeting.

The Top 20 Under 40 is aimed at recognizing the achievements and work of young professionals under the age of 40.

“We also want to showcase young talent to the business community and to show that these young professionals are going to be our future,” McKinnon said.

The accomplishments of individuals over age 50 are most often lauded, but people under age 40 put in work of their own leading up to then, McKinnon said.

Nominations for the Top 20 Under 40 Awards aren’t just based on demonstrated excellence in business Judgment, leadership and contributions to communities on a local and regional level are considered.

Nominations can be made at the organization’s website: and are being accepted until Dec. 15.

Regional judges, one of whom is Port Alberni’s Ken McRae, will whittle the list of nominees down to 100. Finalist judges will chose the top 20. The names will be announced in either February or March.

The initiative is an inaugural one. There was a Top 40 under 40 in 2006 but a majority of the winners came from Victoria. McKinnon’s late son, who was from Nanaimo, was among them.

McKinnon, 57, originally hails from Port Alberni. He now makes his home there, where he is successful in real estate.

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