CHAMBER'S BLACK TIE NOMINEES ANNOUNCED AFTER RECORD-BREAKING 217 NOMINATIONS FROM THE COMMUNITY
Nominations for the Chamber’s 23rd Black Tie Awards came to a close at midnight on Friday, January 31st. A flourish of submissions in the final two days brought the total number of nominations to a staggering 217, far surpassing the Chamber’s previous record of 155 nominations in the 2018 award year.
The Black Tie Awards were founded in 1996 on the Customer Service Award and, as per previous years, this category remains the most popular representing 29% of the total nominations for 2020. Next up is the new Non-Profit Organization category which came in at 18%, followed by Young Entrepreneur at 13%.
COWICHAN WOODWORK SPONSORS ART IN BUSINESS CATEGORY FOR THE BLACK TIE AWARDS 2020
The Chamber is delighted to welcome Cowichan Woodwork Ltd. as this year’s sponsor for the Art In Business category for the Black Tie Awards. This well-known local business was the award recipient for the same category in 2014.
“We were so honoured to receive the Art In Business Award in 2014. The opportunity to sponsor the category for this year’s award celebrations, sort of brings the experience full circle for us” says Owner, Gordon Smith. “There are so many creative and artistic members of the Cowichan business community. We’re looking forward to celebrating the unique contributions this year’s nominees bring to the table”.
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PENINSULA CO-OP SPONSORS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD AT BLACK TIE 2020
Peninsula Co-op is once again joining the Chamber in supporting the Black Tie Awards by sponsoring the Volunteer of the Year category. The cooperative has seen great success in their 60 years of growth on the Island, returning nearly $10 million to its member-owners, in both cash back and equity in last year’s rebate. No stranger to giving back, Peninsula has also contributed $600,000 to charities, community groups, student scholarships, capital projects and initiatives in the past year.
COWICHAN GREEN COMMUNITY DECLINES NOMINATION TO SPONSOR NON-PROFIT AWARD
The Duncan Cowichan Chamber is introducing a new award category for Non-Profit Organizations at this year’s Black Tie celebrations. The new award recognizes a non-profit society or charitable organization for outstanding contributions to the community, demonstrating innovation, engagement and impact through their projects, programs and services. With one of the highest number of non-profit organizations per capita in B.C., Cowichan is home to countless candidates worthy of the honour, and the Chamber has been receiving a steady stream of public nominations to prove it.
PUDGE BAWA TO BE HONOURED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Duncan Cowichan Chamber is pleased to announce that Pudge Bawa will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at The Black Tie Awards in April. Born and raised in Cowichan, Mr. Bawa’s many contributions to the community – both as a business man and volunteer – are prolific. His company Marpole Transport Ltd., now managed by his son Rajin, is the largest Vancouver Island based trucking and transport operation. With a fleet of 135 trucks and more than 200 employees, the company has expanded over the years to include terminals in Delta and Abbotsford, serving the Western United States and Western Canada, all the way north to the Yukon.
LONDON DRUGS SPONSORS CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD
The Duncan Cowichan Chamber is once again delighted to welcome London Drugs as the exclusive sponsor for the Customer Service category for The Black Tie Awards 2020. The Customer Service Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates excellence in customer service, by being ready and willing to help, going above and beyond the call of duty, and always doing so with a smile. Black Tie was founded in 1996 on the Customer Service Award, which remains the most popular of the nine award categories, and will receive an anticipated 30% of the total nominations for the 2020 award year.
ISLAND SAVINGS PRESENTS BLACK TIE AWARDS 2020, NOMINATIONS OPEN
The Duncan Cowichan Chamber will be hosting The Black Tie Awards on April 17, 2020 and is now accepting nominations for deserving businesses and individuals across the Cowichan Valley. The Black Tie Awards, now in its 22nd awards year, began as an annual event and is now held biennially. It is the region’s most prestigious awards ceremony, recognizing business excellence and volunteerism. Island Savings is, once again, reprising its role as Presenting Partner for the event, and will also be sponsoring the Business Achievement, 1-5 Employees award category.