Do you know someone under the age of 40 in the Vernon/North Okanagan area who is making waves in their field and community? The Top 20 Under 40 judging panel wants to hear about them!

Tip your hat to Vernon’s top 20 under 40!

Nominations now open to recognize local leaders in all fields

You might recall the Vernon tattoo artist and entrepreneur who conceived, planned and assembled more than 60 volunteers for a series of fundraisers that has raise $71,260 to date for BC Children’s Hospital.

Or the solopreneur who started a solar panel company to change the way we consume and produce power, and contribute to a cleaner, better world.

Maybe you heard about the salon owner who’s one of only 12 people in North America who are educators for a specific branch of Aveda Education, and who also raises money and awareness for the worldwide water crisis. In fact, last year the salon raised almost $8,000 to provide clean water for life to 300+ people.

All big shoes to fill, for sure, but do you know others under age 40 in the Vernon and North Okanagan area who are making waves in their fields? From the arts and athletics to the business and non-profit sectors, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Top 20 Under 40 judging panel wants to hear about them!

“We’re looking for forward-thinking people who add that level of innovation to the community,” explains Dione Chambers, executive director of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce.

Hosted in partnership with KPMG, Community Futures North Okanagan and the City of Vernon, the fourth annual Top 20 Under 40 awards recognize key drivers in a variety of fields:

  • Business – the principal, owner or “C-suite” level executive
  • Non-profit – executive director or key driver of a non-profit
  • Professional – doctor, lawyer, architect, engineer, etc.
  • Athletics – such as an Olympian or athlete or coach with a professional sports contract
  • Arts – professional artists who has exhibited, published, recorded, toured, etc.
  • Academics – showing demonstrated success in research or teaching, for example.

Who’s eligible? Individuals who have enjoyed significant success, with demonstrated community involvement and who are community leaders.

2019 nominations are open until Jan. 11, 2019 and nominating someone is quick and easy: Simply visit the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Top 20 Under 40 page online, submit the person’s name and contact details, and why you are nominating them – describe their career achievements, community participation, and how they have demonstrated entrepreneurial skills, for example.

Not only do the awards demonstrate the region’s economic diversity across various fields, but “it shows Vernon is a community where people come to build a business,” Chambers says.

Following the selection of 2019’s Top 20, a March event will salute the winners and celebrate their many remarkable successes and community contributions.

Nominate someone today! Visit vernonchamber.ca or call 250-545-0771 to learn more.

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