Promoting inclusivity, building relationships
Penticton B.C. chamber of commerce fills an awards gap
Recognizing businesses with a positive impact on the Aboriginal community will be one of two new awards at this yearâ€™s local business awards in Penticton, B.C.
The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce is introducing to its Business Excellence Awards an award that â€œrecognizes the contribution a business has made through inclusivity with the local Aboriginal community,â€ according to its website.
Chamber executive director Brandy Maslowski said the award was filling a void in the annual ceremony.
â€œItâ€™s something that was glaringly missing,â€ she said. â€œWe have such a huge Aboriginal culture here in Penticton, and there are a whole bunch of Aboriginal businesses.â€
She said this award could apply to businesses that hire a significant number of aboriginal students over the summer, or a business with strong aboriginal programs.
Penticton Indian Band Chief Jonathan Kruger said, â€œI think itâ€™s a positive step towards building relationships.â€ He added that these relationships have a historical significance.
"A long time ago, when the first settlers came into our lands, we did have those relationships. We had business relationships, friendships, and partnerships.â€
The awards ceremony will be held on Oct. 15 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre from 5-11 p.m. and will include a champagne reception and dinner with wine.
Nominations are open until Sept. 15, and can be made at the Chamber of Commerce's website.
(Info from castanet.net)