Golden Brush finalists selected in Chemainus

Winners in seven categories to be announced by Chamber at Chemainus Theatre gala event April 2

The Chemainus Chamber of Commerce has announced the names of finalists in the Golden Brush Awards, with the winners to be announced at a gala ceremony at the Chemainus Theatre April 2.

“It is both heartwarming and inspiring to read through the nominations for the Chamber’s Golden Brush Awards,” said Chamber President Brad Grigor. “We think our committee has come up with an impressive slate of finalists.”

Finalists in each of the award categories are:

Good Neighbour: Beyond the Usual, Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store, Lealand Contracting, and Mike’s Café.

Business Booster: Beyond the Usual (takes this category by acclamation).

Attractive Businesses: Hansel & Gretel Candy Co, Magpies Antiques and Gifts, Vancouver Island Soap Factory

Beautiful Streetscape (category is for two or more businesses who have, together, transformed their street): Bound to be Different and The Art Of Second Hand/Beloved Stained Glass; Shear Impressions, Trout’s Barber Shop and Twisted Sisters Tea Room.

Senior Supporter: 49th Parallel Grocery, Go Taxi, Rexall Drug Store.

Youth Mentor: 49th Parallel Grocery, Beyond the Usual, Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, Mike’s Café.

Best Customer Service: Johnny Lee, Chemainus Theatre; Christine Thu Bui, Pho Triple 7 Vietnamese Restaurant; Lulu Veigh, Chemainus Health Food Store; Kathy Wilkins, Urban Legends Salon & Spa.

Volunteer of the Year: Mike Beggs (Rotary, the Legion, and more), Edna Brown (Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop), Brock Caplin (Neighbourhood House, Scouts and more), Geoff Hincks (many events).

The membership of the Chamber will be voting to select the winners in each category, results to be announced at the Golden Brush Awards Dinner, April 2, at the Chemainus Theatre.


Doors open 5:30 pm, dinner at about 6:30. Tickets are $50 + GST, available at the Chemainus Visitor Centre.



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