Chemainus to host its annual Golden Brush Awards this coming Saturday

The Chemainus and District Chamber of Commerce will celebrate local entrepreneurs and volunteers at an awards ceremony Saturday night.

Chemainus prepares to honour local citizens and members of its business community at the 10th annual Golden Brush Awards this weekend.

The Chemainus and District Chamber of Commerce will host the awards ceremony Sat., Nov. 24 at the Chemainus Theatre.

Jeanne Ross, co-ordinator for the Chemainus and District Chamber of Commerce, says the Golden Brush Awards are an acknowledgement of “business excellence” and of individuals’ contributions to the community. Award winners receive a plaque in recognition of their efforts, and the awards ceremony serves as a fundraiser for both the food bank and the town’s Visitor Information Centre, noted Ross.

This year’s awards ceremony will be hosted in the Chemainus Theatre’s Playbill Dining Room. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Ross said, allowing guests to network while they spend their first hour perusing the 200-plus items donated by Chemainus and Vancouver Island businesses up for grabs via a silent auction.

A gourmet buffet dinner will then be served.

Peter Matthews, president of the Chamber of Commerce, will emcee the awards ceremony that follows, and Cam Drew, a local businessman, will host a live auction to cap off the night.

The auction will serve as a fundraiser for the Chemainus Visitor Centre, Ross said, helping the centre to remain open five days a week during the winter months.

Ross described the awards ceremony and auction as “vastly entertaining” and added that “it’s a real experience” to see a Cam Drew auction.

“He’s fun,” Ross said, adding that Drew tells jokes and incites laughter while drawing audience members into the bidding process.

An additional 50/50 draw will take place at the ceremony, Ross added, with funds raised being directed towards the Chemainus Harvest House Food Bank.

Barbara Bond is one of three finalists nominated this year for volunteer of the year.

Bond and her husband run a small jewelry gallery in Chemainus, and Bond volunteers some of her spare time at the visitor centre. She’s also a member of the town’s economic development board and a board member with both the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Improvement Area.

Bond said it’s “necessary for people to step up to the plate and do what they can for the community,” and she said she’s never shied away from doing just that.

Bond said there are other people more deserving of an award, but added that she’s flattered to have been nominated.

Bond said she plans to attend this year’s ceremony “as a volunteer, naturally,” and added that she’s volunteered her husband, too.

As of Friday afternoon, Ross said “75 to 80 per cent” of the tickets for this year’s ceremony had been sold.

Tickets for this year’s Golden Brush Awards ceremony and silent auction cost $50, including HST. Tickets are available at the Chemainus Visitor Centre or online at the Chemainus and District Chamber of Commerce website.

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The finalists for the Golden Brush Awards are (in alphabetical order within each category):

Retail Business of the Year

Chemainus Foods

Golden Hanger Consignment Boutique

Sandpiper Gardens and Glass

Food Service Business of the Year

Odika Café

Twisted Sisters Tearoom

Willow Street Café

Manufacturing Business of the Year

Degage Fashions

Seaward Kayaks

Vancouver Island Soap Factory

Personal Service Business of the Year

Doc the Barber

Flowering Tree Natural Spa

Leah’s Hair Shop

Urban Legends Hair Salon and Spa

Professional Service Business of the Year

Chemainus Animal Hospital

Coastal Community Credit Union

Chemainus Post Office

Trades or Contractor Business of the Year

Chris Clement Contracting

Maggie’s Domestic Service

Sandpiper Gardens and Glass (for the glass business)

Good Neighbour Award

Book Nook Coffee House

Chemainus Valley Courier

Pot of Gold Coffee Roasting Co.

Best Customer Service

Anita Voisin, Chemainus Eye Care

Marina, Odika Cafe

Marlie Kelsey, Chemainus Visitor Centre

Phil & Michelle Mavis, Willow Street Café

Volunteer of the Year

Barbara Bond

Kathy Wachs

Rodney Picard

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