Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce celebrates Business Excellence Awards

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce (ACOC) took time once again this year to pay tribute to businesses in the community that stood out.

The eleventh annual Business Excellence Awards were handed out Saturday night at Pointe West Golf Club with ten awards being presented to eleven businesses or organizations.

ACOC president Tim Ternosky said it was a night to celebrate the business community.

“You were nominated because people in town noticed your hard work and investment in the community,” said Ternosky.

Midway Home Appliance Centre captured the Small Business of the Year award, with small business being defined as having under 20 employees. Owner Jim Johnson thanked the staff and customers for making the award a reality. Large Business of the Year was awarded to Meloche’s No Frills. Franchise owners Chris and Tina Meloche were unable to attend Saturday night’s event.

The Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce (ACOC) presented the Business Excellence Awards Saturday night at Pointe West Golf Club. Top row (from left) Sarah Van Grinsven from River Lights (Director’s Choice), Jim Johnson of Midway Home Appliance Centre (Small Business), Karen Morrell of the River Town Times (Business Legacy), Bonnie Deslippe of Gibson Gallery (Director’s Choice), John Corbett of Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Community Service/Involvement), Rennie Rota of Sobeys (Investing in a World Class Workforce). Bottom row (from left): Luciano Mancini of Romano’s Italian Deli (Excellence in Customer Service), Dr. Zeljko Veselinovich of Amherstburg Dental (Most Attractive Improvements) and Sherri Tovell and Jennifer Wells of Families First Funeral Home (Growth and Expansion).

The Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce (ACOC) presented the Business Excellence Awards Saturday night at Pointe West Golf Club. Top row (from left) Sarah Van Grinsven from River Lights (Director’s Choice), Jim Johnson of Midway Home Appliance Centre (Small Business), Karen Morrell of the River Town Times (Business Legacy), Bonnie Deslippe of Gibson Gallery (Director’s Choice), John Corbett of Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Community Service/Involvement), Rennie Rota of Sobeys (Investing in a World Class Workforce). Bottom row (from left): Luciano Mancini of Romano’s Italian Deli (Excellence in Customer Service), Dr. Zeljko Veselinovich of Amherstburg Dental (Most Attractive Improvements) and Sherri Tovell and Jennifer Wells of Families First Funeral Home (Growth and Expansion).

Romano’s Specialty Meats & Italian Deli won the Excellence in Customer Service Award. Luciano Mancini, accepting on behalf of his parents Claudio and Anna, offered thanks to the ACOC and the town as well as the customers and staff and Romano’s. He noted without them, they wouldn’t have been in business so long.

Amherstburg Dental won the Most Attractive Improvement award. Dr. Zeljko Veselinovic also offered his thanks to the ACOC and also thanked the patients the clinic has served over the years.

“I’ve been treating them for nearly 20 years in this community,” he said.

The Community Service/Community Involvement award was won by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. John Corbett, accepting on the organization’s behalf, said “out of all the wonderful community service organizations in this town, it’s a real honour to receive this award.”

The Growth and Expansion Award was given to Families First Funeral Homes.

“We are certainly so excited to be part of the community of Amherstburg,” said Jennifer Wells. “It’s been a great journey so far.”

Sobeys captured the Investing in a World Class Workforce Award. Franchise owner Rennie Rota said the award recognizes their workers and noted Sobeys regularly trains and develops its workforce. He noted most employees are Amherstburg residents, many of whom are working at their first jobs.

The newly created Excellence in Food Services Award was awarded to Artisan Grill, though a representative was unable to attend due to the busy restaurant hours.

The Director’s Choice Award ended in a tie, with the River Lights Winter Festival and Gibson Gallery/Art by the River sharing the award.

River Lights co-ordinator Sarah Van Grinsven also paid tribute to the town’s parks department, which was the third nominee in the category. Van Grinsven said the parks department greatly assists River Lights every year.

River Lights, which is entering its tenth season this year, is also able to be presented thanks to the 80 or so volunteers that help out.

“We couldn’t do it without them,” said Van Grinsven.

Art by the River, the Gibson Gallery’s largest annual fundraiser, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and board member Bonnie Deslippe said they too were honoured by their award. She said they try and further art in Amherstburg but they do appreciate the recognition from the chamber.

Deslippe also recognized Barrie Brewin and the late Ann McKerrow for their efforts in promoting and growing Art by the River over the years.

The River Town Times won the Business Legacy Award with the RTT having recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Owner/publisher Karen Morrell accepted the award on the newspaper’s behalf, stating that she hopes the community enjoys it every week. She also paid tribute to all other award winners and nominees.

“I have the best staff in the world,” said Morrell. “I’m greatly honoured. I’m very proud.”

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