Nominations are open for the 2024 Community and Business Excellence Awards.
The awards, which are hosted by the Smithers and District Chamber of Commerce, are a way to recognize excellence, outstanding achievements and the hardworking businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profit service groups in the region.
The nomination deadline is Feb. 9 at 4:30 p.m. Click here for a link to nominate a business or person.
After that, a selection committee of eight individuals (made up of two representatives of the Chamber Board of Directors, as well as other stakeholders in the greater community and individuals who reside outside of the Bulkley Valley) collectively review the nominations received and shortlist the nominations to three per category.
Then, chamber members will vote for their choice of one deserving nominee per category, based on the award criteria supplied. One winner in each category is selected and will receive the Alpenman Award.
The awards ceremony will be held March 9, 2024 in the Prestige Summit Ballroom.
The gala was previously always held in the fall but chamber manager Sheena Miller said they’ve moved it to the spring, in part due to logistics.
“Also, the community event saturation and fundraisers in the fall was challenging to navigate,” she added. “We were supporting all our members’ holiday events and fundraisers and had little capacity to work on our own annual event.”
This year, the theme is to celebrate: “Smithers District Chamber’s 100th Anniversary Centennial. Fancy and Formal: Celebrating the Roaring 1920s in the 20s.”
The community and business awards are the main fundraising event for the chamber, which is a non-profit organization.
Tickets are available through the Chamber office.