Comox Valley Chamber honours companies for loyalty

Honouring their longstanding members, the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce handed out awards last week to recognize loyalty.

COMOX VALLEY RECORD publisher Jo Ross (left) accepts an award from Dianne Hawkins

Honouring their longstanding members, the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce handed out awards last week to recognize loyalty and commitment to the organization.

Dianne Hawkins, president and CEO of the chamber said last week’s award ceremony was to show appreciation towards businesses that have been Chamber members for five, 10 and 25 years.

Award recipients included the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association, Smitty’s Restaurant and the Comox Valley Record.

“Membership retention is very important, and we want to recognize loyalty,” she explained.

“A chamber’s success is not always measured in numbers, but in the strength of its members. We want to show our appreciation for their contributions to the chamber.”

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Even though it is two months away, planning is already well underway for the annual Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Community Awards.

The awards are scheduled for Jan. 28, 2012 at the Florence Filberg Centre.

This year’s theme will be Hats Off to Leadership said Hawkins, who added the theme is a natural quality found in the business community.

“In order to be nominated, you need to demonstrate leadership,” she noted.

There will be a few changes to the event, including a different interview format for the video montage, silent and live auctions, and a master of ceremonies whom Hawkins hinted is well-known around the Island.

The nomination period for the 11 award categories is now open and Hawkins added anyone within the Comox Valley community can submit a nomination form.

The nomination deadline if Jan. 6, 2012 at 4 p.m. For the nomination package and additional information, visit

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