VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is partnering with KPMG Canada to present the fifth annual Top 20 in the North Okanagan.

With a new year upon us, the Chamber is changing up the Top 20 awards. Celebrating five years of this annual event, a move to alternate between under 40 nominees and over 40 nominees is the vision going forward. It is time to shine a light on the role models, mentors and community builders as we move to a Top 20 Over 40 in 2020.

Nominations are currently being sought for professionals over the age of 40 who are making their mark through business success (for-profit and not-for-profit) and community involvement. Along with individuals making a big impact locally, candidates from the North Okanagan may make a difference globally.

“There are numerous experienced leaders in the North Okanagan and the primary focus of these awards is to highlight the accomplishments of these individuals and their contributions to the community and the economy,” said Murray Smith, a partner with KPMG Vernon.

Starting March 10, recipients will be announced over four weeks and will be featured on the Greater Vernon Chamber website. The recipients will also be honoured at a special event April 2.

Krystin Kempton is president of Vernon Chamber of Commerce

“It’s important for residents to have a full appreciation of the entrepreneurs, executives, leaders and professionals that call the North Okanagan home – the individuals who mentor others, create opportunities or allow non-profits to flourish. Through this process, we can attract other talented professionals to Vernon,” said Krystin Kempton, GVCC president.

If you know someone who excels in their career, is passionate about the community, is helping to raise the profile of the North Okanagan, and will be over the age of 40 as of Jan. 1, 2020, then they are a perfect candidate for the 2020 Top 20 Over 40.

Candidates reaching high levels of achievement in athletics, academics and professional industries such as doctors and lawyers, will be equally considered to those from the business community. To nominate an individual, visit: vernonchamber.ca Nominations will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 14.

Top 20 Over 40 will alternate annually with Top 20 Under 40, which will next be held in 2021.