Special Merit Awards
Individual – Rick Offord - presented on Feb 16th by Marg Fairley & Linda Wykes from BM Chamber & Bob Gamble, Town of The Blue Mountains
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
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
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.
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
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.
Site Enhancement - Thornbury Pharmasave – accepted by Shannon & Matt Fry
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.
Congratulations to all award recipients.
For more information about the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce please visit the website.
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