LOCAL EDITORIAL: Awards validation for good work

As we always do at this time, Comox Valley Record staff are preparing our nominations for B.C. and Canadian community newspaper awards.

Among other things, we finished a close second last year for newspaper excellence in our circulation category in Ma Murray provincial awards.

Most people don’t do what they do in the workplace to win awards.

The Record newsroom has been graced recently with reader feedback noting how we enriched their lives, including one man who was inspired to renew ties with an estranged brother. This is the true payoff for most journalists, verification that we make a difference.

Yet recognition by peers of your diligence, dedication and skill is sweet validation when you are a finalist for an award.

So we at the Record understand the importance of honouring excellence by periodically presenting awards.

The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce does a public service every year with its Annual Community Awards.

Thank you, Chamber, as well as volunteer judges (Paul Ives, Ian Whitehead, Tracey McGinnis, Bert Heeringa and Rod Hunter this year). Judges pored over 58 nomination forms at Christmastime when they could be sampling eggnog, wrapping gifts or just chilling.

Thanks also to the sponsors of each award.

Thirty-one finalists in 10 categories will be featured in an Academy Awards-style video presentation Jan. 25 in downtown Courtenay that is one of the major social events of the year in the Comox Valley.

Besides the much-anticipated awards presentations, the evening at the Florence Filberg Centre includes a champagne reception, four-course meal and a silent auction, with half of the proceeds going to local charity Dawn to Dawn.

Tickets to this event always sell out.

For more information, visit www.comoxvalleychamber.com or call 250-334-3234.

As usual, the Comox Valley Record will cover the event while acknowledging nominees and recipients alike.



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