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Changes made to awards

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The Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce (DDCC) is making big changes to its annual awards program this year and top of the list, executive director Stephen Chychota said, is the introduction of self-nominating.
“It just makes a lot of sense. We might be not recognizing others, because maybe they’re not so vocal about it or it slipped the minds of others. But nobody knows a person’s story better than themselves,” Chychota said, noting nominees for a DDCC award are typically nominated by others.
“So we’re offering this opportunity to everyone if they want to self-nominate. It does seem a little weird, I guess, I don’t know how to say it better, but a little strange that you would nominate yourself. But really, it’s a great way to make sure that people are knowing what’s going on with either the person or the organization and to show off the work that they’re doing.”
Two other major changes to the program are new award categories.
Apart from the Business Person of the Year and the Community Appreciation individual and group awards, he said, DDCC has introduced the Legacy Business award and the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
“The legacy business award is a special award. We may not always present this year after year, but we want to recognize a business or business person for a decade or more of major efforts and accomplishments that they’ve done for the area,” Chychota explained.
“This is an individual or business that has done extraordinary things and have benefitted the region in a unique and meaningful way. So a very inspiring individual or business.”
Admitting he is excited about the new award category, Chychota noted it is goes further than the Business Person of the Year award.
“This is someone that’s been, time and time again, making some major impacts for the region,” he added.
The Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Chychota explained, is to honour entrepreneurs from the ages of 18 to 35 who are doing great work, creating jobs or businesses in the region.
“This might be my new favourite one. We just want to see what’s coming in and what’s going on out there. Someone who shows off a high level of social, cultural and environmental awareness, that demonstrates commitment to the wider community. A real up-and-comer, a real go getter,” he added.
Chychota looks forward to a good selection of applications, adding DDCC will share some of the back stories of the nominees at the awards night, before the winners are announced.
“But just being nominated is a fantastic achievement, because it shows that this individual or organization has been doing some tremendous work for the area. So it’s just being recognized for that and it just shows that there’s some great people out there,” he said, pointing out DDCC focusses on business and community and the awards highlight those doing good work.
Nomination applications are on DDCC’s website at dauphinchamber.ca and the deadline to apply is Mar. 5.
The Chamber Celebration Night at Countryfest Community Cinema begins at 7 p.m. on Mar. 13 and tickets are $10 each.
The Chamber Appreciation Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. in the Aspen Lodge at the Dauphin Recreation Centre on Mar. 12 will feature milestone awards to chamber members celebrating DDCC involvement, in five-year increments.
The event follows DDCC’s regular luncheon series, Chychota said, adding a schedule and details are available on its events page.
For more information, contact DDCC at 204-622-3140, visit the website or check out the chamber on Facebook.

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M. A. Nyquist
REPORTER
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