Friday, May 14, 2021

23rd Annual Community Awards Approaching

The Meaford Community Awards, presented by the Meaford Chamber of Commerce, returns for its 23rd year.

This year the event will live stream on Facebook to help us comply with COVID protocols. Join in on Saturday, May 15, at 1 p.m., for this live streamed event. Follow on Facebook or go to meafordchamber.ca to find out how you can view the event.

The Meaford Community Awards acknowledges the contributions to our community made by the businesses and volunteers in 2020. The Chamber honours winners and nominations in eight (8) community award categories. Last year was a challenge for all our businesses and service groups; there are endless possibilities on who to nominate for this year’s awards event.

Thank you to sponsors

The Chamber would like to thank this year’s Award sponsors for awarding individuals and business in the following categories:

  • HJM Broker Link for sponsoring the Most Improved Business Award, presented to an existing business that has significantly expanded its operation or an improvement of the premises making the community more attractive.
  • Bayview Escarpment Fine Furniture & Cabinetry for sponsoring the Tourism Award, presented to a business with a commitment to local tourism through a welcoming attitude, awareness, and promotion of local attractions.
  • Knight’s Home Building Centre for the Customer Service Award, presented to a business that consistently goes out of its way to provide superior service to its customers.
  • Bruce Street Technologies Limited for the Agribusiness Award, presented to an agribusiness that has invested in sustainable farming practices and has successfully developed innovative products, processes, and marketing channels.
  • The Municipality of Meaford for the Special Merit Award, presented to a volunteer organization or service club for exceptional effort over the past year that has enhanced the quality of life within our community.
  • The Meaford Chamber of Commerce for the Peter Francis Memorial Award, presented to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary volunteer leadership over many years and who has made a significant contribution to community development in the Municipality of Meaford. This individual must exhibit strong leadership through example. This is a lifetime achievement award. (Note: this award will not necessarily be awarded each year.)
  • Earth Power Tractors & Equipment in Meaford for the Farmer of the Year Award, presented to an active farmer in the Municipality of Meaford who exemplifies all or most of these characteristics: leadership, volunteerism, youth participation, community service, and special achievements.
  • The Meaford Business Improvement Association (BIA) for the Business Owner of the Year Award presented to an owner who has made an outstanding contribution to the Municipality of Meaford and demonstrates: leadership within a business, dedication to the betterment of the whole community, good citizenship, care for the environment, and sound employee relations.

The Rotary Club of Meaford’s Rotary Citizen of the Year Award is presented to an individual or couple who has brought credit or distinction to our community, enhanced life, or provided a benefit to our community, or represented an effort over and above normal volunteer work. Please note this award will be presented by the Rotary Club on July 1.

Introducing a new incentive to nominate

Everyone is encouraged to participate by completing and submitting a nomination form recognizing our amazing local businesses and community champions! For extra incentive, we are excited to introduce a new nominator’s prize: two draws of $100 selected from nominators. These will be drawn from those who have submitted a duly completed nomination form, either online or in person at the Meaford Chamber of Commerce office, 21 Nelson St, Meaford, by 12 p.m. on April 30.

Printed nomination forms will be available at the Meaford Chamber office. Online versions will be are available on the Meaford Chamber website at https://meafordchamber.ca/meaford-community-awards-nomination-form/

Nominate your community Stars! Let them know they are one of the reasons we love it here!

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