The 2018 Golden Brush Award winners. (File photo by Don Bodger)

The 2018 Golden Brush Award winners. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Golden Brush Awards nomination deadline Oct. 11

Event honours businesses and individuals for community involvement on Oct. 26

Nominations close Oct. 11 for the second annual revived Golden Brush Awards.

Last year’s event was held during the first weekend of November, but the awards celebration this year has been moved up one week to Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Sawmill Taphouse and Grill Events Venue.

One of the reasons for the switch, said executive director Lori Frankson of the Chemainus and District Chamber of Commerce that hosts the awards, is due to a conflict with the Purica Foundation gala at Cowichan Exhibition’s Mellor Hall.

“There was a lot of people who would have come to ours, but wouldn’t because they were going to that one,” she explained.

The Golden Brush Awards honour excellence and outstanding achievement in business and community participation within Chemainus, Saltair or Crofton.

There are five categories of business awards: Outstanding customer service; Not For Profit of the Year, business or society; Business of the Year (1-10 employees); Business of the Year (11-19 employees); and Business of the Year (20+ employees).

Individual awards include: Young Entrepreneur (under age 35); and Volunteer of the Year.

Nomination forms are available at the Chemainus Visitor Centre. Businesses and individuals can also be nominated by email to or online at by clicking on the Golden Brush nominations link.

The criteria for each of the awards is listed. There’s no limit to the number of businesses and individuals a person can nominate, including more than one in a category.

The Chamber just finished hosting the first Our Chemainus – A Celebration event and time is of the essence for the Golden Brush planning with the earlier date.

“It came up a lot faster than intended,” chuckled Frankson.