Business achievement awards honour locals

By December 18, 2014News

Anna Jones is proud of the newest trophy on her desk.

The senior associate with Nanaimo’s Church Pickard Chartered Accountants is one of the six winners from Nanaimo at Vancouver Island’s second annual Top 20 Under 40 Business & Community Achievement Awards that was held last week.

The annual black-tie gala dinner and awards presentation recognizes the Island’s best and brightest business and community leaders under the age of 40. The first annual Top 20 Under 40 event last year was developed as a result of all the positive contributions being made in business across Vancouver Island’s communities.

Jones, 34, is also the youngest member of the Daybreak Rotary Club. She said she was nominated for an award at last year’s inaugural ceremony, but failed to take one of the 20 top prizes.

“I was both shocked and surprised when they called my name out, and I felt it was a great honour,” Jones said Tuesday.

“I consider it a great achievement and I’m looking forward to networking with the alumni of the BCAA.”

There were more than 125 nominations for this year’s awards which were whittled down to 100 by the event’s regional judges and the executive judges decided on the top 20.

There are no established categories for the awards. The other winners from Nanaimo include Jennifer Millbank, a partner with the Ramsay Lampman Rhodes law firm, real estate investor, entrepreneur and author Julie Broad, wealth manager Daniel Martinez, Simon Holt Restaurant co-owner and realtor Cody Dreger and Jameel Sayani, senior manager of aboriginal services at MNP.

Event spokeswoman Tannis Wengel said this year saw a record number of nominations and tickets for the award ceremony were sold out.

“We’re hoping for an even more successful event next year,” she said.

RBarron@nanaimodailynews.com 250-729-4234

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