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Over the last 20 years, the annual Awards of Excellence event has evolved but the reason we gather year after year remains the same - to thank all of the individuals and businesses who give back so generously to our community. It’s our past, present, and future nominees and award recipients who really make the Township of Centre Wellington an amazing place to live, work and play.

The Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in our Awards of Excellence. This signature event recognizes individuals and businesses that have made a significant and lasting contribution to the community of Centre Wellington.


CLICK TO VISIT EVENT PAGE!The 2022 Awards of Excellence Nominees are…

The Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) is thrilled to announce the nominees for this year’s Awards of Excellence, presented by OLG, as well as share the event plan for what will be their first in-person gala in three years. 

“Our goal is, as always, to recognize our nominees, sponsors, and winners to the best of our ability, with a reach that extends to the far corners of the CW community and beyond. We’re returning to in-person with a big splash, but we’re also keeping some of the elements that we added over the past two years through our pivots,” comments Sally Litchfield, General Manager of the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

The event format will be both in-person and livestreamed – taking place on May 31, the event will feature an in-person gala at The GrandWay Events Centre and a livestream of the event, sponsored by Enbridge Gas, allowing anyone to tune-in virtually at no cost to them.

“We were extremely excited to receive 96 nominations this year, the highest amount we’ve ever received. By the time we account for duplicate nominations (businesses nominated into the same category multiple times), and the several businesses who respectfully chose not to stand, we have 66 nominations to announce,” says Ashley-Ann Maginnis, chair of the adjudication committee for the Awards of Excellence.

Congratulations to all the amazing nominees this year:


Agriculture – Agri-Business | sponsored by Grand River Agricultural Society

Lau-tea-da Lentils, Lighthouse Lemonade, Thatcher Farms, and Wilton Consulting Group


Business of the Year | sponsored by RBC

Ambiances Gourmandes, Centre Wellington Dental, Centre Wellington Remedy’s Rx, Colleen Hardie RMT, CW Racquets, ETP Canada, It’s a Beautiful Life Boutique, JR Security Solutions, Mantech, My Next Promo, Seasons Home & Gift, Shift: Family Health Centre, The Scented Market, Violet & Ash Candle Co, and Wightman Telecom


Citizen of the Year | sponsored by Township of Centre Wellington

Kristen Drexler, Neil Dunsmore, Garth Green, Barbara Lustgarten-Evoy, and Peter Skoggard


Community Social Responsibility | sponsored by The Ostic Group

100 Women Who Care Centre Wellington, Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora, and The Elora Mill


Corporate Citizen of the Year

Ecclestone Financial Group, Infinity Marketing & Design, and The Grove Youth Wellness Hubs


Cultural, Arts, Tourism Impact | sponsored by Highland Pines Campground

Elora Community Theatre, Elora Distilling Company, The Elora Singers, and The Friendly Society


Customer Service Excellence | sponsored by BakerTilly           

7 Seas to See Travel, Centre Wellington Remedy’s Rx, Elora Physiotherapy, ETP Canada, Fergus Educational Services, Fergus Monuments, Refreshed & Refined Interiors, St Andrew Pharmacy, and The Scented Market


Employer of the Year | sponsored by Brighten Up Toys & Games

BLR Drafting & Design, Centre Wellington Remedy’s Rx, Dr. Maura McKeown and Associates, Fergies Fine Foods, Motion Electrical Contracting, Nicole Drake Wright Your Fairy Godmother, and RLB Chartered Professional Accountants


Environmental Excellence | sponsored by TD Bank

3 Beets to the Winds Farm, Fusion Thetics, Skyline Group of Companies, and Spiral Farms


Not for Profit | sponsored by Dan Allen Financial

2nd Chance Fergus, Centre Wellington Rotary Club, Community Resource Centre, Elora Centre for the Arts, and Wellington Pregnancy Care Centre


Tradesperson of the Year

Jonathan Parkinson – Parkinson Plumbing Limited, Natalie’s Painting, and Ray Sullivan – Sullivan Plumbing and Heating


Young Entrepreneur of the Year | sponsored by Heritage River Retirement Residence

JR Security Solutions, Nathan Skoufis, and Parkinson’s Plumbing Limited


Youth Citizen of the Year | sponsored by Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora

Abby Graham, and Tori Lawson


Nominees are recognized and nominated for accomplishments achieved in the previous year. For more details on the nomination and/or adjudication process, or to receive updates on when future nomination periods open, please email events@cwchamber.ca.