Chemainus will celebrate at sold-out Golden Brush awards Saturday night

The 12th annual Chemainus Golden Brush awards dinner, which is already sold out, will celebrate excellence this Saturday night.

It’s no surprise that Chemainus’ 12th annual Golden Brush awards dinner is sold out.

After all, Chemainiacs have always been supportive of their chamber of commerce and business and community excellence.

“I wish we did have more room for all the people who want to come,” says Chemainus and District Chamber of Commerce coordinator Jeanne Ross.

To provide space for the traditional silent auction – the chamber’s major fundraiser – Chemainus Theatre’s Playbill dining room will hold just 140 people who’ll watch the Golden Brush awards February 18.

“We’re asking people to come early to get a good look at all the fabulous items available at the silent auction beginning at 5:30 p.m.,” Ross says.

The Chemainus Theatre’s Chef Steve Hewson is creating a new menu for the upcoming production of “All Shook Up” and Golden Brush attendees will be the first to experience it, enthuses Ross.

Also planned are a 50/50 draw to benefit the Chemainus Museum’s building fund and an auction of an original painting “Change of Seasons” by Sylvia Verity, with half those proceeds going to the SPCA.

Business Leadership finalists are Chemainus Bakery and Flowering Tree Day Spa, while the finalists for successful innovation are Crafty Cuppa and Utopia Bakery.

Business of the Year (less than six employees) finalists are Hansel & Gretel Candy Co. and Ocean Soul Book Cafe.

A selection will be made between 49th Parallel Grocery and Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn for business of the year with more than six employees.

There’s just one finalist for a new business that has achieved outstanding performance in a short period of time: Odika Cafe.

Nominated as finalists for outstanding customer service are Twisted Sisters Tearoom and Willow Street Cafe.

Chemainus Health Food Store is the sole finalist for a business that demonstrates sustainable business practices, energy efficient technology and environmental awareness.

Finalists for home-based business are Helen’s Hair Shop and Renditions in Rags.

The only finalist for young entrepreneur, recognizing a proven business owner or founder under the age of 35 is Foster Thorpe-Doubble, TD Repairs.

Margaret Fisher, VIRL Chemainus branch, and Chanda Dalziel, Utopia Bakery, are finalists for employee of the year.

The volunteer of the year is divided into two categories: individual finalists are Betty Short and Shelley Rouse, while the couple nominated is Murray and Jane Schafer.

You can go to Chemainus and District Chamber of Commerce to be put on a waiting list for tickets to the event.