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Blue Mountain Chamber Awards (Posted On: Tuesday, March 02, 2010)

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The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual AGM and Awards Dinner at the Village Conference Centre.  Several local individuals and businesses were honoured. 

Special Merit Awards
Sponsored by the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce
May be presented to a business or a non-profit organization or individual that has had a special or unique impact on the community.

Individual – Rick Offord   - presented on Feb 16th by Marg Fairley & Linda Wykes from BM Chamber & Bob Gamble, Town of The Blue Mountains
As a strong supporter of the Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary, Rick has chaired the Youth Exchange Program and hosted more than 20 students in his home; chaired the infamous Beaver River Rat Race, volunteer to drive the famous Rotary bus for the tent rental program and as Head Judge for 25 years, eaten his share of chili at the Rotary’s Annual Chili Cook-off.

In addition to his Rotary participation, Rick was part of the building committee for the Beaver Valley Community Centre.  He remains a strong supporter of the Annual Big Brothers bowling event, Relay for Life and Beaver Valley Athletic Association as a coach.  He will distinguish himself this year as a master blood donor with his next visit marking his 100th donation.

His company Century 21 has been a sponsor of too many community events to list and throughout all of this community service work, he managed to find time to contribute as a board member and President of the Georgian Triangle Tourist Association.

Early in 2009, Rick Offord became aware of the Rotary’s ShelterBox Program. Each Box cost $1,000 and provides shelter, cooking utensils and tools, and water purification equipment for 10 people.  The ShelterBoxes are sent to disaster areas under the supervision of a ShelterBox deployment team which ensures that they get to the people in need and that people are trained in how to use them.  And as with all things that Rick sets his mind to, he has excelled; helping raise over $73,000 for this program with his enthusiasm and community awareness campaign.

Business – Binkley Apples Limited – accepted by Ada & Myrna Binkley
Sponsored by the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce – presented by George Matamoros

Binkley Apples Limited had its humble beginning from a 10 acre block of orchard, which was set out in McIntosh and Northern Spys, in Collingwood Township in 1960. Apple packing operations commenced from a small building on Napier Street in Thornbury. Success, as a result of integrity and hard work, led to re-location and expansion on the Collingwood Township acreage in 1961. For the next 17 years until Harold passed away in 1978, Ada & Harold worked together packing and selling local orchard crops, as well as caring for their own expanded orchards. Ada has continued to be an integral part of the everyday operations at the present day apple packing facility, as well as maintaining a commercial orchard.

Today, Ada and daughters Cyndi and Myrna, still carry on the family tradition of being committed to 'quality and service'. Binkleys pack apples to high quality standards through strict inspection procedures at many points in their computer controlled packing line. They strive to be a year-round supplier of Ontario fresh apples to customers in Ontario, western Canada and the US, including the recently introduced Red Prince apples grown locally by Global.  2010 marks Binkley’s 50th anniversary in business in The Blue Mountains.

Group – Village At Blue Mountain Foundation – accepted by Don Braden
Sponsored by the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce – presented by George Matamoros

The Village at Blue Mountain Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our local communities through its financial support of charitable organizations in the areas of health, human services, education, the arts, culture, the environment and recreation. Consideration is given to underprivileged children and family programs.  To date, more than $166,000 has been raised toward this goal.
This past summer the Village at Blue Mountain Foundation successfully assisted in making the dreams come true for 16 children and their families through their donation to the Children’s Aid Society of Grey County ‘Send a Kid to Camp’ Campaign.

Entrepreneur of the Year - Rusty's At Blue Bar & Barbecue – accepted by Stephen Perrin

Sponsored by the Centre for Business and Economic Development - presented by Geoff Hogan

Presented to a business owner, new or existing, who in the last 12 months has developed their business to meet changing community and consumer demands. They will have provided a high level of business service, a product or service needed in The Blue Mountains, as well as being involved in the community.

Rusty’s At Blue has shown true entrepreneur spirit in recognizing the demographic for their location in the Village At Blue Mountain and building a successful business upon it.  Boasting an authentic competition grade 10 ft smoker barbeque, the warm and comfortable atmosphere, crowd pleasing menu and live acts every Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings have turned this location into the perfect place to unwind any day of the week.  They are committed to participating in regional events and their response to every request is "How can we help".   This fall, they traveled to Texas (smoker in tow!) to participate in the North American Chili championship, spreading the word about our great region along the way.  You may have seen a black “Rusty’s” bus around the area which was purchased to help their staff and guests with their transportation requirements.

Carol Kordts Customer Service Excellence - Riverside Graphics – accepting Linda Wykes with her staff members Richard Love and Christina Lorsbach
Sponsored by TD Canada Trust – presented by Kathy Kinsey

Will recognize a local business, its management, and staff for successfully demonstrating quality customer service. An organization that is appreciated for its helpful and efficient service, dedicated to customer satisfaction and willing to go the extra mile.
Customer service at Riverside Graphic runs deep in their family history.  Fifty years ago, when Ron Cundy worked at JMG (now known as Breaker Technology), he would go home at lunch, print apple labels for Binkley’s using lead type, cut them with scissors and make sure they were delivered the same day.  Now located at the corner of Bridge and Bruce St South in Clarksburg, Riverside Graphics, owned and operated by Ron’s daughter Linda & her husband, Brian Wykes, have perfected the meaning of great customer service.  They consistently go the extra mile for their customers by providing creative suggestions and professional services.  New businesses are also provided with local information and resources, exhibiting how deeply the Wykes care for their business and the businesses within the community.

Site Enhancement - Thornbury Pharmasave – accepted by Shannon & Matt Fry  
Sponsored by The Blue Mountain Village Association – presented by Don Braden
Presented to existing businesses that have significantly improved the landscaping and/or facade of the business premises.

The exterior renovations completed by Thornbury Pharmasave this year have greatly improved the curb appeal of their location, as well as providing a great new asset to the Town with the addition of the clock tower.   Obvious care and consideration for their clientele was also included in the planning of this transformation with the addition of handicap accessible front doors and larger windows, making this location a bright and welcoming place to do business. 
Business of the Year - Breaker Technology Ltd – accepted by   Frank Cargould   
Sponsored by The Town of The Blue Mountains – presented by Mayor Anderson
The Business has shown outstanding achievement in growth, innovation, leadership, and has had a positive impact on the community through good business citizenship.
For 50 years, Breaker Technology, a division of Astec Industries, has manufactured and distributed a wide range of mine, quarry, construction and demolition equipment in Thornbury. Specializing in hydraulic hammers, mobile, stationary and portable rock breaker systems, construction and demolition attachments, BTI is also well recognized for their full line of underground utility vehicles including scalers, scissors lifts, crane trucks, lube trucks, anfo loaders, shotcrete mixers and placers, cassette systems and personnel vehicles.
In 2009, Breaker Technology’s introduced their BioEnergy Division, offering the latest in pelletizing technology with punch and die mechanics, requiring substantially less production energy, low maintenance costs, and simple universal tooling suitable for processing a wide variety of raw materials such as cornstalks, straw, and wood waste into very dense pellets.
With reductions of emissions targeted, new green technology will be needed. With their new pelletizer, pollution reduction is achievable by utilizing renewable resources such as cordwood, wood chips, and waste paper, along with a dozen other agricultural byproducts to create biomass fuel which can be burned for heat rather than creating unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions in waste incinerators or methane emissions in landfills. The new pelletizer will enable growth for companies seeking to diversify their operations to include handling landscape debris, wood waste, and pellet fuel production.
According to BTI President Frank Cargould, “This newly formed BioEnergy Division is a new direction for BTI, and has generated optimism for continued growth associated with the opportunity to contribute to sustainable production.” The first model to be produced is the Pellet Pro 4, a unique pelletizer with the ability to pelletize a variety of materials with less energy and universal tooling. The pellet industry is favorable to the renewable energy “green” initiatives that have taken hold in Europe and are building in North America. “In a year, BTI could very well be adding on to the plant to just build the pelletizers,” says Cargould. “Normal business in construction/mining and aggregate equipment business was down 45 to 60 percent in 2009, so the new direction of energy is a step towards a new industry and optimistic growth.”

Congratulations to all award recipients.

For more information about the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce please visit the website.  



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