Spirit of Ladysmith awards will be presented this Saturday night

Get your tickets now at the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce office for awards night.

This weekend, community and celebration will go hand in hand, as the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce hosts the Spirit of Ladysmith Community Awards.

The awards will be presented this Saturday night (Feb. 11) at Aggie Hall during a festive evening of presentations, appetizers and dancing.

Eight awards will be presented to businesses or individuals who have been nominated by their peers. The awards recognize achievement and leadership in Ladysmith.

“It’s amazing how many nominations are in,” says Chamber of Commerce vice-president Rhonda Shirley. “These were the ones nominated, and from them, it will be the chosen eight, but really, it takes a town of many workers and volunteers to make things happen, and we just hope everyone knows it’s appreciated.”

This year’s nominees are:

• Business of the Year (one  to 10 employees)

The 49th Café

Community Link Connexions Inc.

GNB Builders Inc.

Little Rascals Pets and Supplies

• Business of the Year (11 or more employees)

Pharmasave Ladysmith

Western Forest Products

• Entrepreneur of the Year

Nikki MacCallum of Nikki Design

Peter Richmond of 49th Parallel Grocery

Steve Wilkinson of Pharmasave Ladysmith

• Service Employee of the Year (one to 10 employees)

Inga Anderson

Coleen Andreychuk-Burke

Jill Collins

Danielle Eastick

Margie Forester

Sandra Hendricks

Heidi Kulhawy

Jacquie Neligan

Cheryl Onciul

Lesley Parent

Colin Pickell

Monica Stieda

Marti Westergaard

• Service Employee of the Year (11 or more employees)

Colleen Gaudreault

• Non-For-Profit of the Year

Kinsmen Club of Ladysmith

Ladysmith and District Historical Society

Ladysmith Family and Friends

• Volunteer of the Year

Audrey Ballegeer

Hilary Bell

Nita Grant

Jim Masyk

Isabelle Ouelette

Duck Paterson

Ed and Marie Polachek

Rod Saunders

Carol Sparham

David Walbank

Volunteers at Ladysmith Family and Friends

• Youth of the Year

Annika Bouma

Noah Hendricks

Katrina Stirling

Brendan Wilkinson

Ultimately, the evening is all about celebrating Ladysmith.

“Overall, we love Ladysmith because it is just such a great community of volunteers and workers and businesses, and it’s just amazing to see everybody come together,” said Shirley. “We want everyone to come out and have a good time.”

This year’s award night is a bit different than past events, which were more formal dinners. The Chamber of Commerce is hoping the tickets are more affordable for the community this year so that more people can be part of the celebrations.

Tickets are only $15, and they are available at the Chamber of Commerce office at 411B First Ave. and by calling 250-245-2112.

The Spirit of Ladysmith Community Awards begin at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

There will be appetizers from Printingdun Beanery, Ricky’s and 49th Parallel and treats from Old Town Bakery, and the awards presentations will be followed by dancing with local DJ Ted Puska.

The evening will also feature a raffle for a diamond pendant from Grant’s Jewellers.