Nominations for the 7th Annual Algoma Visionary Awards (AVA)

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The Strive Young Professionals Group, a dynamic organization under the umbrella of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, is excited to announce the call for nominations for the 7th Annual Algoma Visionary Awards (AVA). This prestigious awards gala aims to recognize and celebrate outstanding young professionals in the Sault and Algoma region who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, community engagement, professional achievement, volunteerism, and mentoring.

Taking place on January 12, 2024, at 6 p.m., the AVA Gala at Grand Gardens promises to be a night of inspiration and celebration as 17 deserving young professionals are honored across various categories.

Award Categories Include:

  • Awards of Distinction:
    • Community Champion and Civic Pride
    • Leadership
    • Professional Development
    • Excellence in Entrepreneurship
    • Strive Young Professional of the Year
  • Industry Awards:
    • Arts, Music, and Culture
    • Business Administration
    • Consumer and Retail
    • Environmental and Natural Resources
    • Health Sciences
    • Hospitality and Tourism
    • Information Technology
    • Lifestyle and Wellness
    • Public and Social Services
    • Trades and Labour

Strive, established in 2012 by the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, was created to address a representation gap for young professionals. The organization, led by an elected executive, works collaboratively with various groups, individuals, and businesses within the community to provide networking events, learning development opportunities, and community involvement initiatives.

Nominations for deserving young professionals can be submitted until December 5. To nominate an individual who has made remarkable contributions to the community, visit

The AVA Gala serves as a platform to showcase the remarkable achievements of young professionals, fostering a spirit of inspiration and ambition within the community. Tickets for the event can be purchased on the official AVA website.

For more information about the Algoma Visionary Awards and the Strive Young Professionals Group, please visit

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