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2021 Awards of Excellence

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Monday, April 12, 2021

2021 Awards of Excellence

The Awards of Excellence Nominees are…


Centre Wellington, ON – The Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) is thrilled to announce the nominees for this year’s Awards of Excellence, as well as the event plan in what will be another covid-adjusted year. 


“Last year, we spent a lot of time in limbo when it came to this event. We are doing everything we can to avoid those long periods of uncertainty and stalled planning while we wait and see what might be possible. With all of that in mind, we have created a plan that is quite resilient to changing restrictions (and not in danger of being rained out)! 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 Centre Wellington community and beyond,” comments Sally Litchfield, General Manager of the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce. 


In lieu of the annual gala, CWCC will be Live on Location every day from June 14-18, 2021. They will broadcast live from a sponsor’s location (different each day), and present three awards per day. These broadcasts will be aired on Facebook Live, and available to watch afterwards on their website. The exact schedule for that week will be announced in May. 


“We were extremely excited to receive 85 nominations this year, roughly double what we have seen in past years. 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 61 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:

Lau-tea-da Lentils and Wellington County Farm and Home Safety Association


Business of the Year:

Baker Tilly GWD, Cocoon Interiors, Elora Distilling Company, Inner Joy Getaways Inc., NexGen Marketing Group, Optimum Integrative Health Centre, Pedrito Navajas Barbershop, Price Team Mortgages, Rowantree Landscapes Inc., String Theory Yarn Shop, The Wild Tart, and Wightman. 


Citizen of the Year:

Barbara Lustgarten-Evoy, Don Vallery, Katie Giddy, and Neil Dunsmore


Community Social Responsibility:

Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora, Sensational Elora – Festival of the Senses, and Swanieta Kruizenga

Corporate Citizen of the Year:

Fergus Educational Services, Grand River Agricultural Society, Linda Sinclair – Special Effects Ladies Wear, Motion Electrical Contracting, and The Brew House on the Grand 


Cultural, Arts, Tourism Impact:

Grand River Outfitting & Fly Shop, Inner Joy Getaways Inc., The Elora Singers, and The Wild Tart


Customer Service Excellence:

Alpha Graphics & Signs, Ambiances Gourmandes, Elora Physiotherapy, Klutz Enterprises, Nick’s Quick Delivery, Nicole Drake Wright, One Axe Pursuits, Refreshed and Refined Interiors, String Theory Yarn Shop, The Breadalbane Inn, and WR Designs


Employer of the Year:

Ambiances Gourmandes, Baker Tilly GWD, Motion Electrical Contracting, RLB Chartered Professional Accountants, and Wightman


Environmental Excellence: 

Ergo Advantage and Fraberts Fresh Food


Not for Profit:

Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington, Portage Ontario, and Upper Grand Learning Foundation 


Skilled Trades or Professional:     

Mike Hall – Conestogo Mechanical, Phil McCulloch – Record Tel Inc.


Young Entrepreneur:

Gents & Kings Barberlounge, Infinity Marketing & Design, One Branch Creations, Resourceful Me Art Therapy, and SIP Entertainment


Youth Citizen of the Year:

Kaitlyn McPherson, Liz Teel, and Rachel Mulder



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


If you, or a business that you know of, celebrated 25 or 40 years in business in Centre Wellington in 2020, we would like to recognize them for our Long Service Award. Please send an email to events@cwchamber.ca


This event would not be possible without the support of sponsors, volunteers, and of course, our nominators from the community. Thank you all! We look forward to celebrating with everyone virtually in June. For the latest event updates, please visit www.cwchamber.ca/events


Special thanks to our Specialty Sponsors: Township of Centre Wellington, Ecclestone Financial Group, Grand River Agricultural Society, McDonald’s, Mallot Creek Group, RLB Chartered Professional Accountants, and Skyline Group of Companies. 

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