Friday, November 22, 2019

Chamber hands out 2019 business excellence awards

The Wallaceburg and District Chamber of Commerce held their 22nd annual awards event on Thursday night at the CBD Club in Wallaceburg.

Walking away with the People’s Choice Award, was the Wallaceburg Concert Band.

Chamber officials say it is the third year for this award and it was nominated and voted on exclusively by the community.

This award recognizes the best of the best when it comes to an individual who is dedicated to the Wallaceburg and District area.

Sherri Wills and Stephen Bilodeau were also nominated for People’s Choice.

This years’ Citizen of the Year was Kim O’Neil, owner of O’Neil Tire & Battery. Dr. Robert Mayo was also nominated in this category.

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance was named as the Chip Gordon Community Builder of the Year. The Defiance Running Club and 519 Productions were nominated in this category.

Rulmeca Canada won the Agricultural/Industrial Award. Jacks Tire Craft Wallaceburg and Whyte’s Foods Inc. received nominations.

The Technology Award went to Lambton Conveyor, with Internet Kent and Thru Flow also being nominated.

The Sydenham Field Naturalists was the recipients of the Environmental Award. C-K Tree Care, the Dresden Horticultural Society and The Crappie Store were also nominated.

Business of the Year went to the Anderson Law Group, with the Days Inn and DPM Insurance receiving nominations.

Union Block Bakery in downtown Dresden was named as the Entrepreneur of the Year. Ballistic Fitness and J&E Meats were also nominated.

The Community Inclusion Award went to the Oaks Retirement Village. Little Caesars and Crabby Joe’s were also nominated in this category.

The Young Professional Award went to Chris and Kyle Wesley, owners of Legacy Composites. Eric VanDamme was also nominated.

Volunteer of the Year was Karen Moran. Sherri Wills, along with Christal and Darren Wills from Dresden were also nominated.

Sherri Wills took home the Wallaceburg BIA Award.

This year the nominations were made by a committee who also served as the judging panel.

“We had a fabulous nominations committee which included a few, well connected lifetime residents of the Chatham-Kent community who wish to remain anonymous,” stated Jill Misselbrook, executive director for the Wallaceburg and District Chamber of Commerce, in a press release.

“Each member of this panel complimented each other in terms of the industries and areas of the community they were familiar with, and they each took these nominations very seriously.”

Here are some photos taken by Chatham-Kent Economic Development:

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