Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Business Awards finalists announced


After more than 128 nomination­s were assess, finalists in the Deniliquin Business Chamber’s Excellence Awards have been announced (see page 10).

The annual awards programs recognises local achievers in the business community.

Across the 13 categories, various business and individual­s were selected for their service and commitment.

And it’s all thanks to community support through nomination­s, and the response from businesses and employees, say organisers Lauren Ryan and Susie Wallace.

‘‘We are thankful for the community taking the time to acknowledg­e and nominate businesses and staff,’’ Mrs Ryan said.

‘‘We get nominees bursting into tears they are so overwhelme­d that a member of the public has acknowledg­ed them.

‘‘And seeing the year that it is, businesses and staff have done well to take the time to submit an entry and be considered.’’

And some categories were particular­ly popular.

‘‘We had a great response especially for excellence by employees,’’ Mrs Wallace said.

‘‘This is an individual nominated by their community and backed by their employer.

‘‘We’ve also had a lot of nomination­s for excellence in customer service, as well as community not-for-profit organisati­ons.’’

Now that finalists have been selected, the judging panel’s work really begins.

‘‘We have external judges from outside Deniliquin so there’s no bias,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘Our judges are Alison McLean, Merran Socha and Krystal Maytom.’’

Ali McLean is with Hay Shire Tourism, and is a project management specialist with a focus on regional tourism and economic developmen­t. She has worked with both public and private sector businesses across Australia for the past 20 years, helping to deliver everything from The Long Paddock Touring Route to individual business plans.

Krystal Maytom is a Business Enterprise Centre business advisor and has worked extensivel­y in public relations and event management. She brings experience in the community services industry, in both the youth and disability sector.

Merran Socha is economic and industry developmen­t liaison with Berrigan Shire Council and has more than 20 years of business experience in the tourism industry. In her role with Berrigan Council, she brings a passion for promoting visitors to regional areas, as well as supporting aged care, education and transport.

Tickets for the gala award ceremony on September 3 are now on sale, with numbers limited dur to COVID-19 restrictio­ns. Go to www.deniliquin­

The PASTORAL TIMES has been a major sponsor of the business awards for more than 15 years.

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