“I thought they must have made a mistake.”
Jeff Golby, CEO of Steveston-based Acts For Water organization, almost convinced himself that he was not a recipient of Business in Vancouver’s (BIV) 2021 Forty Under 40 Award.
But then it finally sunk in.
“I was returning to the Steveston office after a meeting and feeling down because COVID was once again disrupting our plans, but to get this kind of a phone call from Business in Vancouver was a huge boost to say the least,” said Golby.
“I’m honoured that businesses nominated me and that we can have that same, literal, seat at the table.”
BIV’s Forty Under 40 Award recognizes the achievements of B.C.’s young business professionals, entrepreneurs and executives who demonstrate excellence in business, judgement, leadership and community contribution.
Being the only charity executive to “take a spot at the table” this year shows the importance of charity and volunteer work, Golby told the Richmond News.
“It’s an encouragement that we, a charity, have a seat at that table, alongside businesses, entrepreneurs and alongside long-time CEOs, magazines and everybody to work to better our communities,” said Golby.
“Charity is more than just a thing you do off the side of your desk, and it is a really strategic thing that works alongside businesses.
“I think this opportunity just validates that, and I hope it encourages anybody working for good in businesses or just as volunteers.”