May 9th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 19
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Best pizza? Best running trail? Best ATV area? Have your say!
Chamber of Commerce launches Best of Crowsnest Awards
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
Crowsnest Pass has many great burgers... But what's the best burger? We also have a number of hiking trails, each special in their own way... But which one is your favourite?

That's what the first ever Best of Crowsnest awards want to find out. Put on by the Crowsnest Chamber of Commerce, the community has a chance to vote for their favourite businesses and elements of the Pass.
"Best of Crowsnest is a fun initiative that we created to promote all the fantastic goods, services and locations that we have in the community. It's a celebration of all the great things we have in the Pass," says Chamber of Commerce board member Claire Rogers. "We hope that people will engage with the initiative, jump online and champion their Crowsnest Pass favourites.”

Until May 15, the contest is in the nomination phase. There are 33 items to nominate for, everything from the best date location, best wedding venue or best breakfast.

"It's not just food," says Rogers. "We have nominations for public places, public life, food and drink, retail and services categories."
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The nominations will then all be compiled and from May 18 all throughout summer, voting will take place for those individual organizations that have been nominated.

Once the winners are determined in the fall, they will be announced in the Pass Herald and eventually, the Crowsnest Pass Visitors Guide. Winning businesses will also receive award decals to stick on their office doors or windows, and an award logo to use in their own marketing, proclaiming that they had a certain something special that their clients valued.

“For the Chamber, the initiative will not only celebrate local favourites, but will also introduce both locals and tourists to new businesses, areas or aspects of businesses they weren't aware of before,” says Rogers.
Back in her hometown of Halifax, the "Best of" awards were a popular time of year with the entire city and business community supporting the initiative, founded by local paper, The Coast. It's something Rogers looked forward to each year and felt inspired to introduce that anticipation to the Pass.
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"The 'Best of' awards in Halifax were something that our local paper put on and it just spread through the city. The city really got behind it and it’s a point of pride for the businesses in Halifax. There are hundreds of categories and new ones pop up every year," says Rogers. "I always loved opening up the The Coast and reading all the ‘Best Of’ winners. I always discovered new businesses, services and new aspects of our city each time, so I thought that something similar would be neat for the Pass."

The Chamber hopes to make the Best of Crowsnest awards an annual event and are open to feedback for next year's nomination categories.
"This year, we wanted to introduce the initiative but we understand that there are categories that we may be missing and we’re open to feedback and suggestions for next year. That’s part of the fun and growing the awards! " says Rogers.

You can nominate your favourites for the Best Of Crowsnest awards by visiting www.crowsnestpasschamber.ca
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