Former Sidney mayor Marie C. Rosko won the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2019 Crystal Awards Thursday hosted by Butchart Gardens and main-sponsored by Island Savings. The Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce was planning to host the 14th Annual Business Excellence Awards virtually on Jan. 20, but COVID-19 forced an indefinite postponment. (Black Press Media Staff)

Former Sidney mayor Marie C. Rosko won the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2019 Crystal Awards Thursday hosted by Butchart Gardens and main-sponsored by Island Savings. The Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce was planning to host the 14th Annual Business Excellence Awards virtually on Jan. 20, but COVID-19 forced an indefinite postponment. (Black Press Media Staff)

UPDATED: Peninsula chamber postpones virtual award show because of COVID-19 restrictions

Local business excellence was to be recognized Jan. 20 during 14th Annual Business Excellence Awards

COVID-19 continues to impact the local business community, including the organization representing business on the Saanich Peninsula.

The Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has indefinitely postponed its 14th annual Business Excellence Awards orginally scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. because of COVID-19. Denny Warner, executive director of the chamber, said the chamber has been unable to do the important video recording with award winners and sponsors because of provincial health orders put in place last month. Butchart Gardens has historically staged the event, as it was the case in October 2019, when the organization last staged it prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The postponed event was to be held virtually.

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Also up in the air is the timing of the chamber’s Tour of Industry, a popular event highlighting the local economy.

“We have no specific plans for the Tour of Industry yet,” said Warner. “We are hoping to make use of the virtual options to tour some of the smaller venues that don’t have space to accommodate the size of our typical group. But it is very much at the early stages of planning and won’t take place in January as it has in the past.”


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