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A few good (and young) people sought by Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce

LAURA BROWN, office co-ordinator at the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, has been instrumental in the creation of a new awards program. Hard-working, creative and professional, she epitomizes the qualities the Chamber is looking for in a Top 40 Under 40 nominee. - Photo submitted
LAURA BROWN, office co-ordinator at the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, has been instrumental in the creation of a new awards program. Hard-working, creative and professional, she epitomizes the qualities the Chamber is looking for in a Top 40 Under 40 nominee.
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Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Dianne Hawkins revealed a new community awards program Wednesday.

“The Comox Valley Top 40 Under 40 Awards have been modelled after similar initiatives hosted in various locations across North America,” explains Hawkins. “These awards are designed to recognize 40 individuals in our community who are under the age of 40, and who are making a difference in the Comox Valley and beyond.

"Their individual achievements may be through business success, scholastic achievement, athletic excellence, community involvement or contributions to the non-profit sector. The Chamber of Commerce felt that it was time that an effort was made to recognize the contributions of the many innovative young business professionals and youth in our community … and the Top 40 Under 40 Awards will do just that!”

Award recipients will be recognized at a gala cocktail reception and dance Oct. 25 at Crown Isle Resort. The Chamber will bring in a high-profile speaker to give the keynote address and hire a local band to provide entertainment for a dance. Event tickets will go on sale Sept. 4.

Nominations of individuals who are older than 12 and younger than 40 as of Dec. 31, 2012 will be accepted from July 20 at noon until Sept. 7 at noon.

Individuals may be nominated by family, friends or co-workers. No self-nominations will be accepted.

Nominees (or the business they work for or own) do not have to be members of the Chamber of Commerce to qualify but they must have been full-time residents of the Comox Valley for at least two years.

Other awards criteria include:

• Must be doing something extraordinary to significantly improve their respective business, non-profit organization or school.

• Doing something amazing that directly benefits the local or global community.

• Demonstrating leadership and integrity in business and/or community.

• Has been recognized by his or her peers/industry for outstanding contributions to business and/or community.

After nominations close, a panel of judges, comprised of previous Annual Chamber Community Award recipients, will select the top 40. Honorees will be contacted for photos and additional information by Sept. 12.

A public announcement of all recipients will be made Oct. 19 in a special supplement to be inserted in the Comox Valley Record.

“Considerable effort has gone into the entire awards process,” adds Hawkins. “This includes the design of our new Top 40 Under 40 logo.

"The green in the logo was selected to represent youth and growth, as well as our connection to the land with our historical roots as an agricultural community.

"The dark blue represents the ocean and our geographic position as a coastal community and all of the important economic and recreational opportunities that result from our sea (and river-side) locale. The light blue lines — across the top of the waves and in the border — represent our connectivity to the World Wide Web and how many local businesses have a global presence through on-line communications.

“What inspires me most about the Top 40 Under 40 logo is that, with the type-style we selected, the number ‘four’ in 40 is symbolic of a sailboat sailing into the future. The ‘zero’ emulates a mountain peak and is representative of reaching new heights … the pinnacle of success.

"It is our hope that when people in this community see the top 40 Under 40 logo they are reminded of all that the Comox Valley has to offer … and the important role that young people play in our future.”

The Chamber is actively soliciting corporate sponsorship and welcomes inquiries relating to how business and individuals can support the awards program.

Online and downloadable PDF Top 40 Under 40 nomination forms will be available July 20 at www.comoxvalleychamber.com/awards. Printed copies of the nomination forms and criteria may be obtained from the Comox Valley Chamber of Chamber, 2040 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay, B.C. or call 250-334-3234.

— Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce

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