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Landing Lights the Night
After a vigorous fundraising effort among Gibsons Landing business owners spearheaded by Joann Hetherington (Zocalo) and Peggy Koenig (Peggy Sue's), the new street decor was officially "switched on" by Deputy Mayor Stafford Lumley (Smitty's Oyster House). As Patricia Hetherington revealed to a packed house eagerly awaiting the event on Nov. 24, there were significant challenges presented by weather delays and scheduling by the professional decorators who arrived to install the display. It looks great! If you have not visited the Landing lately, cruise through after sunset. The lights will be an after-dark feature year-round thanks to the brilliant Landing merchants!
BEA Nominations now open

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Business Excellence Awards presented by Sunshine Coast Chambers of Commerce (Gibsons, Sechelt and Pender Harbour), celebrating the 2017 success of Sunshine Coast businesses. All for-profit, non-government-owned businesses which have been in operation for more than a year, or individuals other than current Chamber Board members, are eligible. Businesses do not have to be members of the Chamber to be eligible.  

Nominations close January 15 but why wait until the last minute? Click HERE to nominate your choice for the following categories:
  • Sustainability Leader Award for an environmentally responsible operation and/or production of a product that reduces natural resource consumption, and supports the local community/economy.
  • Building, Contractors, Trades Award for a demonstrated commitment to excellence through contributions to their industry and community. 
  • Tourism and Hospitality Award for an individual, business or organization promoting the Sunshine Coast destination with a positive impact on community economic health.
  • Community Impact Award for an individual or business demonstrating exemplary dedication to the people of the Sunshine Coast, inspiring others through volunteering or sponsorship
  • Rising Star Award for a business operating for less than two years and demonstrating strong growth, innovation, and leadership 
  • Technology and Innovation Award for a business using technology to create a new or unique business concept, or has applied innovative improvements to existing processes, products, or services.
  • Customer Service Award for a retailer proactive in changing market trends, embracing new technology or ideas and combining skilled marketing with good selling practices.
  • Female Entrepreneur Award to an exceptional woman in business – a well-respected community leader – whose commitment to overall best business practice, customer service, employee relations, superior marketing and social media strategies, and positive public image leads the way and sets an example within our business community.
  • Young Entrepreneur Award to a resident 30 years or younger demonstrating dedication, commitment to community and an entrepreneurial spirit through their interest in business, leadership, peer mentoring and personal achievement.
  • Legacy Award to a business that has operated for more than 20 years on the Sunshine Coast and demonstrated leadership and a commitment to community economic growth.
Awards will be presented at the Gala on February 23 at the Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club.  Click HERE for ticket information.

Special thanks to this year's Diamond Sponsors for the event:  SUNSHINE COAST CREDIT UNION and THE CO-OPERATORS - SUNSHINE COAST INSURANCE SERVICES INC.

If you have too much on your hands or have simple, hard to fill jobs that your organization is looking to cover, here is a possible solution.

Clients living at Sumac Place in Gibsons are looking for both volunteer and supported work placements, as short as two hours per week.  It makes a huge difference in their lives, it is supported by Vancouver Coastal Health, and you get some tedious tasks accomplished.

If you would like to get involved in the program, please contact
Heidi Coleman  or phone 604-886-1860  X2286.  Sumac Place clients walk dogs, clean cars, mow lawns, do office work, wash dishes, prep cook etc. 
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