ACOC hand out its 2014 Business Excellence Awards

 

 

Community Service & Involvement — AMA Sportsmen’s Association

Community Service & Involvement — AMA Sportsmen’s Association

Business Legacy — Ron Deneau

Business Legacy — Ron Deneau

Small Business of the Year — Downtown Espresso (Remo D’Amore)

Small Business of the Year — Downtown Espresso (Remo D’Amore)

Excellence in Customer Service — Gumballs & Overalls

Excellence in Customer Service — Gumballs & Overalls

Most Attractive Improvement — Joe Meloche Ford

Most Attractive Improvement — Joe Meloche Ford

Director’s Choice — Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission

Director’s Choice — Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission

Growth & Expansion —  Bright Child Montessori

Growth & Expansion —
Bright Child Montessori

Large Business of the Year — Shoppers Drug Mart (Mary Ann Wolff)

Large Business of the Year — Shoppers Drug Mart (Mary Ann Wolff)

Director’s Choice — Dave Varney

Director’s Choice — Dave Varney

Director’s Choice — The Verdi Club

Director’s Choice — The Verdi Club

Youth Citizenship  — Morghan Shearon

Youth Citizenship — Morghan Shearon

Twelve awards were presented on the night, including three Director’s Choice Awards, as non-profit organizations and local youth were also recognized.

Described as an “icon” and a “pillar” in the community, Ron Deneau of Bob Pedler Real Estate Ltd. won the Business Legacy Award. That award was sponsored by the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Commission and saw members of the Bob Pedler Real Estate firm, including Pedler himself, attend the dinner.

The Windsor Family Credit Union (WFCU) sponsored the Community Service and Involvement Award with this year’s recipient being the AMA Sportsmen’s Association while the Large Business of the Year was awarded to Shoppers Drug Mart and local owner Mary Ann Wolff. Scotiabank was the sponsor of the latter award.

Small Business of the Year was awarded to Downtown Espresso Cafe with Janet Willoughby presenting the award on behalf of sponsor TD Canada Trust

Joe Meloche Ford won for Most Attractive Improvements with Corrinne Mallender presenting the award on behalf of award sponsor CIBC. Shirley Meloche commented on the attractiveness of the town as a whole, adding it’s “an honour to receive this award.”

Bright Child Montessori captured the Growth and Expansion Award. Owned and operated by John and Melissa Tregaskiss, the child care centre now operates out of their Cherrylawn Cr. facility and has grown to having 70 children enrolled and 14 staff. The award was presented by Cathy Thomas of Libro Credit Union.

The Excellence in Customer Service Award, sponsored by Nancy Greenaway of BMO Nesbitt Burns, went to Gumballs & Overalls. Business owner Tracy DeWaal accepted the award, stating the business has lasted ten years thanks to the support of the town of Amherstburg.

The Amherstburg Tim Hortons/Guy Pritchard Investments won the Investing in a World Class Workforce Award, sponsored by Workforce Windsor-Essex while the Verdi Club captured the Director’s Choice Award that was sponsored by Dollars & Cents Investments. President Aurelio Tontodonati accepted on behalf of the Verdi Club.

The other two Director’s Choice Awards, sponsored by Essex CFDC and the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival respectively, were awarded to the Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission and Dave Varney of Sunset Enterprise & Welding. Mission president Tim McAllister thanked his volunteers for continuing to believe in their “people helping people” mandate while Varney, recognized for his efforts in creating many of the River Lights Displays was grateful for the award and the introduction which identified him for his passion and volunteer hours.

The Youth Citizenship Bursary Award, sponsored by the River Town Times, was presented to Morghan Shearon. Shearon, who thanked her mother and staff at the House of Shalom Youth Centre, was honoured for her volunteer spirit at the House of Shalom and numerous other local events. She also was recognized for her efforts within St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School, where she is a Grade 12 student.

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