VICTORIA – It’s that time of year again! Voting is open for Best of the WestShore Awards, and will run until Labour Day. This partnership between the Goldstream News Gazette and the WestShore Chamber of Commerce takes place every year, and is open to all organisations within the WestShore municipalities of Colwood, Langford, the Highlands, Metchosin and View Royal, on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations, the Malahat First Nation, and the Sc’ianew First Nation.
Last year, over 32,000 votes were cast across 44 categories. Those voted into the top three in each category are contacted in September, and the results are announced in October at a Gala dinner at Olympic View Golf Club.
Voting in the Best of the WestShore Awards is a great way to support your favourite local businesses and non-profits. And it’s no problem if you don’t have 44 favourites, as long as you vote for at least 10. When you get onto the platform you will see 100+ organizations which have pre-registered, others which other voters have added, and you can add your own.
If you are a business owner or manager and you missed the pre-registration opportunity which ran throughout May, it is still easy for you to get involved. When you get onto the platform you can write in your organisation name in whichever category or categories are relevant to your business, and vote for 9 of your WestShore neighbours. Once your submission is reviewed to ensure that you are within the WestShore, your business name will be on the platform and your clients and customers will be able to vote for you.
And who doesn’t like free publicity?
To access the voting platform, please go to goldstreamgazette.com and click on “Contests.” To further connect with the WestShore Chamber, you can sign up for our e-news on our “Contact Us” page at westshore.bc.ca or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Good luck!
Julie Lawlor is Executive Director at the WestShore Chamber of Commerce