Parsons to emcee community and business awards

What do Eat More Sprouts, Fanny Bay Oysters, the Kingfisher Resort and Spa, and My Tech Guys all have in common?

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What do Eat More Sprouts, Fanny Bay Oysters, the Kingfisher Resort and Spa, and My Tech Guys all have in common?

They have all been past recipients of the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce’s community and business awards.

In the 38 years that these awards have been presented, hundreds of individuals and businesses have been recognized for their role in helping make the Comox Valley such a great place to live, to work, and to play.

“The 38th annual Community Awards will be held at the Florence Filberg Centre on Jan. 28, 2012,” explains Chamber president and CEO Dianne Hawkins. “While Chamber staff, together with our community partners and sponsors, put in considerable time and effort to stage the event, we rely on the community to submit nominations for award consideration.

“Both members of the Chamber of Commerce and the public are encouraged to nominate local businesses and individuals who they feel are making a difference in the Comox Valley. Deadline for nominations is 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.”

The theme for this year’s celebration is Hats Off to Leadership. It is sponsored by 97.3 The Eagle Radio and features a champagne reception sponsored by the King Fisher Resort and Spa, and appetizers. There will also be a gourmet four-course meal, live and silent auctions, door prizes, raffles, and other surprises.

Fifty per cent of the proceeds raised from the live and silent auctions will be donated to the Comox Valley Food Bank.

CBC and CHEK TV’s Tony Parsons will travel from Victoria to the Comox Valley to be the emcee for the festivities.

With a Canadian broadcasting career spanning five decades, Parsons is a familiar — and respected — face amongst Vancouver Islanders. The award-winning broadcaster, author, restaurant co-owner, and philanthropist is sure to deliver an engaging, entertaining and professional program.

Another highlight of the gala will be a video compilation of interviews with previous award recipients sharing their thoughts on what it meant to them to be recognized by their community. In past years, the video showcased the current year’s nominees.

The new format has been developed to ensure that the winners in each of the 11 award categories are kept “top secret” until the night of the awards gala.

Award nomination packages may be picked up at the Chamber office during regular business hours or downloaded from their website. Completed nomination forms may be dropped of at the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, 2040 Cliffe Ave. in Courtenay, faxed to 250-334-4908 or e-mailed to awards@comoxvalleychamber.com.

Again, a reminder that the nomination deadline is earlier than in previous years and is now Jan. 3 at 4 p.m.

For more information, contact the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce at 250-334-3234 or visit www.comoxvalleychamber.com.

— Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce

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