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The results are in: Best of Halifax award winners announced

Atlantic Lottery was proud to partner with The Coast Halifax for this year’s edition of the Best of Halifax Readers’ Choice Awards. These people’s choice awards are known for having a nomination and voting period, where folks can nominate and subsequently cast their vote on a wide variety of categories that cover just about anything you can think of. Last year, the categories included Food & Drink, Public Life, Shopping & Services, Music, and Arts & Culture.

This year, in the midst of a global pandemic, The Coast Halifax decided to take a different approach. Instead of awarding their traditional Best of… awards, they asked Haligonians to nominate someone who helped them through isolation, during the first wave of COVID-19. They also sought nominations for the things people are excited about once the city reopens.

“Halifax shared stories of kindness, community and what got them through the first wave of the pandemic. Reading through, we really felt the range of emotions the community felt towards the city and what makes it great,” said Christine Oreskovich, publisher at The Coast Halifax. “Shout outs to delivery people, front-line health workers, neighbours and teachers filled the survey. It really felt like we were all going through something together.”

Questions on the nomination form included:

    • What’s the nicest thing you’ve seen somebody do in response to the virus?
    • Are there any people you’d like to thank for helping you get through the lockdown?
    • How did they help?

The results are finally in and we’re thrilled to be able to help spread the news. The Coast Halifax received an abundance of nominations and it was clear that Haligonians and Atlantic Canadians beyond were feeling both grateful and hopeful in spite of the pandemic.

The full list of the 2020 edition of Best of Halifax Readers’ Choice Awards has so much to offer. Find it here on The Coast’s website.