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2020: A Vision for the Future | The Awards of Excellence Nominees are…

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2020: A Vision for the Future
The Awards of Excellence Nominees are…


Centre Wellington, ON - This was to be the week that we hosted our annual gala and celebrated the winners of the 2020 Awards of Excellence, presented by OLG; however, despite our ‘2020 Vision for the Future’ theme, we certainly didn’t see this coming. The annual event has been postponed from May 5, and will be rescheduled when it is safe to do so, with necessary precautions and adjustments in place.In the meantime, to celebrate what would have been the announcement of the winners, we are delighted to share the list of nominees for the 20th Annual Awards of Excellence.

“In 2019 we moved to an online nomination process, which we continued with this year, and we were excited to see nearly 50 nominations, with multiples in each category. Thanks to the wonderful volunteers who made up this year’s adjudication committee, we were able to complete that process in early March,” comments Katie Giddy, chair of the adjudication committee.

“While we are disappointed to not be hosting the gala and announcing winners this week, we are pleased to be able to share the list of nominees with the community, and look forward to celebrating the nominees, winners, and the Centre Wellington business community when we are able to do so,” shares Sally Litchfield, Event Planner with the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce.


Congratulations to all the amazing nominees this year:


Agriculture - Agri-Business: Best Baa Dairy Limited and Uprooted Farm
Business Beautification:

Elements Casino Grand River, Inner Joy Getaways Inc.,
Karger Gallery, and Mallot Creek Group

Business of the Year: ONE AXE Inc., Optimum Integrative Health Centre,and
Citizen of the Year: Joe Van den Borre, McKim Ecclestone,
and Neil Armstrong
Community Social Responsibility: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre Wellington,Optim Financial Solutions, Pinetree Pet Resort,
and Save Our Water
Corporate Citizen of the Year: Nicole Drake Wright
and Skyline Group of Companies
Cultural, Arts, Tourism Impact: Highland Pines Campground, Inner Joy Getaways Inc.,
and The Grand at 101.1 FM
Customer Service Excellence: Burke's Tent Rentals, Canadian Tire Store - Fergus,Dar's Country Market, Drexler Travel, Elora Physiotherapy,Nicole Drake Wright, Optimum Integrative Health Centre,Refreshed and Refined Staging and Design,Remedy's RX, and Shortreed Auto Centre Ltd

Environmental Excellence:

Jefferson Elora Corporation, Nicole Drake Wright,and ReStore Fergus (Habitat for Humanity)
Not for Profit: Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington, Fergus Scottish Festival and HighlandGames, and Portage - Elora
Skilled Trades or Professional: Ken Ferrier - The Travelling Handyman and Mark Martin Complete Home Exteriors
Young Entrepreneur: Ashton Martin and Fresh Box Market
Youth Citizen of the Year: Abigail Taylor and Rachel Routly


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. 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 as soon as we can. For the latest event updates, please visit www.cwchamber.ca/events.

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