The Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council has announced its annual awards will pay homage to businesses and individuals who are making a difference.
Called the COVID Heroes Awards, the awards will recognize and honour those who have made a difference amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The award ceremony will be held virtually on Dec. 17 and the awards will shift from honouring strictly those in the local technology sector to anybody in the community.
“We recognized if we’re going to do an awards night, why not recognize the heroes in our community that are making a difference during what has become so unprecedented,” said Dan Gunn, VIATEC’s chief executive officer.
“We’re not sure how many awards we can give out in the short window that we’ll have, but we’ll do our best to recognize as many people as we can,” he added.
VIATEC is accepting nominations from the general public for individuals, non-profits and businesses making a difference during the pandemic. Gunn says Victoria-based Starfish Medical is an example of a company that has stepped up during pandemic, producing much-needed ventilators.
The deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 4. Nominations can be submitted at www.viatec.ca.