Deadline extended for Chamber’s Crystal Award nominations

Peninsula Chamber’s gala awards night set for Oct. 3 at Butchart Gardens

Chris Fudge is looking for any last-minute nominations for the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s annual excellence awards gala next month.

The chamber is extending the deadline for its seventh annual Island Savings Crystal Awards to Thursday, Sept. 5 (tomorrow) — giving people an extra few days to get any nominations in they might be sitting on. The first deadline was Aug. 30, but Fudge, the Chamber’s executive director, said he knew of people who were taking a bit more time to get their papers in.

Nominations are being accepted in such categories as business of the year, not-for-profit organization of the year, new business and newsmaker of the year, among others. People can visit www.peninsulachamber.ca for the forms and criteria. Fudge said the application process is less stringent than some people might think, adding they do not have to be chamber members to apply — or to win a Crystal Award.

“We like to see as many nominations as possible in all of the categories,” said Fudge. “There are a variety of categories, so there is a spotlight on the many local people in business.”

When the latest deadline passes, the judging begins. Awards will be given out at an Oct. 3 gala event at Butchart Gardens.

Last year’s awards ceremony was sold out and Fudge warns that people should get their tickets soon.

Contact the chamber for more details on tickets by emailing info@peninsulachamber.ca or calling 250-656-3616.