WEST SHORE – The Best of the WestShore Awards is an annual awards program that is brought to you thanks to a partnership between the Goldstream Gazette and the WestShore Chamber of Commerce. Open to every business and non-profit organisation located within Colwood, the Highlands, Langford, Metchosin and View Royal, the winners are entirely decided by public vote. In 2020 there were over 30,000 votes across 44 categories and that was a slow year. In 2019 there were over 40,000 votes.
The voting platform opens in July and closes on Labour Day. Before that, business owners and non-profit managers can register so that they will appear on the voting platform as soon as it opens. I have two words for why you want to do this: free promotion! It costs you nothing other than the 5 minutes it takes to fill out the registration form, and having done so, you will appear on the voting platform as soon as it opens. This makes it easy for your clients or customers to vote for you, and it also means everyone voting will see the name of your organisation.
Every year we promote platform registration through our communications channels, and we are making an extra effort for 2021. Times are still challenging for many businesses and non-profits, and we know from experience that getting involved in the Best of the WestShore Awards has a positive impact. While we welcome new members (as it is our members who make initiatives like this possible by supporting our work), you don’t have to be a member to take part in the Best of the WestShore Awards. Unless you want to be an Ambassador! That is an opportunity exclusive to our members.
You can find out more about both the Ambassador program and registering for the voting platform by going to westshore.bc.ca and clicking on the “Best of the WestShore Awards” tab. Registration opens on April 30th and will remain open through the month of May.
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Julie Lawlor is Executive Director at the WestShore Chamber of Commerce.