2020 and 2021 were very challenging years. Many businesses had to close temporarily, some permanently, many had to send their employees to their homes to work from kitchen tables and living rooms, and many had to keep going amidst surging COVID-19 case numbers. Increased safety measures were brought in, restrictions were imposed, and business was definitely not as usual. Many are still struggling into 2022.
Despite all these changes, businesses found creative solutions to keep going. Some businesses opened up online stores or developed more of an online presence, some introduced curbside pick-up and delivery. Businesses added protective barriers to keep their employees and customers safe, and placed arrows on their floors to help customers social distance. They offered new products, like take & bake meals, masks, and hand sanitizer.
Volunteers faced challenges too. Many traditional volunteer opportunities weren’t available in 2020 and 2021, yet people still found a way to give back. People picked up groceries for their immune-compromised neighbours or performed wellness checks on those in need. The volunteer organizations that kept going had to find creative solutions to keep things safe, holding their meetings online and bringing in increased safety measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
The 2021 Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Excellence Awards will once again be presented at the Chamber Excellence Award Dinner Gala Tentatively set for Saturday October 22, 2022 (Location to be determined). The Cowichan Lake area is filled with so many amazing business and community members who deserved to be celebrated. Who made your 2021 better?
2021 Business _ Community Excellence Award Nomination (1) Download and complete the nomination form, print and send back to the Chamber Awards Committee to P.O Box 824 Lake Cowichan V0R2G0. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday August 31st, 2022
Below are the 5 possible categories you can submit nominations for.
Business of the Year Award – Sponsored by Island Savings
Customer Service of the Year Award – Sponsored by Lake Cowichan Country Grocer
Citizen of the Year Award
Nichole Stock Community Service Award
Youth of the Year Award
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