Science society happy with experience despite loss

NANAIMO - Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society takes consolation prize in Social Enterprise Catalyst Gala competition.

While Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society didn’t take home the grand prize at a social enterprise competition Wednesday, its executive director is still happy with a consolation award.

Tofino-Ucluelet Culinary Guild took home $50,000 in cash and in-kind support at a Dragon’s Den-style competition at the Social Enterprise Catalyst Gala in Nanaimo, but Liz DeMattia, science and sustainability society executive director, said her organization still took home $5,000, business support, a green certificate and a one-year membership to the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce.

“We’ll use this money to increase our capacity in terms of our website, our database and our registration process, so that we can handle more of the potential users in the foreseeable future,” said DeMattia.

The experience also included making a presentation on the organization to a three-judge panel.

“We met a lot of people who were doing amazing work, in terms of social enterprises and so it was inspiring to talk to other people who were passionate about improving their communities and we were able to network with a bunch of people who have ideas and suggestions and skills that can help move our organization forward.

“Even though we didn’t win first prize, it was a very great experience, so we made a lot of connections to people and other organizations that I think are invaluable,” DeMattia said.

Skookum Food and Coffee was the other finalist.