The Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce held its annual
Awards of Excellence event on May 15. This year’s theme was “Hats off to Business” The awards recognize individuals and businesses that have made a significant and lasting contribution to the people of Centre Wellington. A total of 15 award categories were acknowledged at the evening event which was held at the Fergus Grand Theatre. Photos by Bill Longshaw
Citizen of the Year Award
Centre Wellington councillor Steve VanLeeuwen presents the Citizen of the Year Award to Don Doyle.
Business of the Year Award
RBC business account manager Naveen Dhanju presented the Business of the Year to Katie and Ryan Pope from Motion Electrical Contracting Inc. in Fergus.
Youth Citizen of the Year Award
From left: Centre Wellington Mayor Kelly Linton, Marg Shortt, and Katie Cheesmond recognize Jenna Tofflemire (recipient holding award) as Youth Citizen.
Community Social Responsibility Award
Tom Waind of the Ostic Group presented the Community Social Responsibility Award to Groves Hospital Volunteer Association president Ann Ironside.
Cultural, Arts and Tourism Impact Award
Senator Rob Black, left, and Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games president Dave Radley, centre, accepted the Cultural, Arts and Tourism Impact Award from Don Vallery of Highland Pines Campground.
Corporate Citizen of the Year Award
Councillor Dean Workman, left, presented the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award to Wellington Advertiser publisher Dave Adsett.
Environmental Excellence Award
Environmental Excellence - TD Canada Trust small business advisor Suzy Gray presented the Environmental Excellence Award to Jason Kuepfer of Organic Interiors.
Customer Service Excellence Award
Customer Service - Tom Blonde of Collins Barrow, left, presented the Customer Service Excellence Award to Karen Barker of Karen Barker Osteopath Clinic in Fergus.
Tradesperson of the Year Award
Jack Walsh of Wightman presented the Tradesperson of the Year Award to Mandy Deskur of MACADI Jewellery.
Young Entrepreneur Award
Michele Mactaggart, left, presented the Young Entrepreneur Award to Rich Wigmore and Taylor Rawson of RT Health Company.
Not for Profit Award
Bryan Paul, left, presented the Not for Profit Award to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre Wellington Executive Director Kristen Drexler.
Business Beautification/ Heritage Award
Bob Cameron, left, of Heritage River Retirement Residence presented the Business Beautification/ Heritage Award to Dale Clarke (owner of Tower Section of the Marshall Block along with his wife Lori).
Agricultural Agri Business Award
Paul Walker presented the Agricultural-Agri-business Award to representative from HFH Inc.
The Presidentâ€™s Award
The Presidentâ€™s Award was given to Jackie Fraser of Fraberts Fresh Foods in Fergus, right, by past chamber president Kira Bailey.
Long Term Service Award Winners 25 Years Business started 1992 Alpha Graphics & Signs Dr. Jim Kaminski - Fergus Family Chiropractic Wellness Centre Exhaust Fabrication Services Intelligent Computer Systems Inc. UTS Consultants Inc. Keltech Signs Ltd. Fergus Monuments Station Earth Mermaid in Elora
40 Years Business started 1977 Collins Barrow Chartered Professional Accountants & Consultants
CWCC Awards of Excellence