Celebrates outstanding strategy, campaign or media executions. The award acknowledges a business in any industry that demonstrates consistent branding, strong advertising, public relations, promotion, or sales achievements. Consumers and suppliers easily recognize this entity for their branding, creative or media.

Nomination considerations include, but are not limited to: logo design and implementation, use of varied media, consumer awareness, leading by example, community involvement, event or cause sponsorship, enhancement of business premises, online presence, and more. 

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Celebrates an individual, organization or event in the arts community (music, theatre, dance or visual arts). This award acknowledges an individual, organization or event that contributes or has contributed to the cultural vibrancy of our community. The efforts of this entity contribute to opportunities, experiences and awareness of artistic talent in Kawartha Lakes.

Nomination considerations include, but are not limited to: leadership in the arts, innovators, supporters, artists, performers, galleries, studios, events, venues, and more.

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Celebrates exemplary customer service, customer retention or customer relationship management. The award acknowledges a business, independent retailer, franchise or dealer of goods or services in any industry that is committed to best customer service practices. This business is reputed for being customer centric and the efforts stand out clearly and contribute to our community offering.

Nomination considerations include, but are not limited to: storefront or interior appeal, presentation of products, quality of selection and service, customer conveniences, guarantees and warranties, overall approach to service, telephone manner, complaint resolution, reception area comfort, staff professionalism, product knowledge, attention to customer need, reputation, and more.

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Celebrates outstanding innovation in any manufactured product, component or service within the Kawartha Lakes, within the given year. The submissions must illustrate how the business’ innovation improved existing products and/or created new jobs and impacted the local economy.

Nomination considerations include, but are not limited to: large and small businesses, businesses in the manufacturing or agriculture sectors.

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Celebrates the emergence of a new business or the evolution of an existing business which has been in operation in the Kawartha Lakes for three years or less. This business must have proven to be progressive in their operations. This entity demonstrates sound management, business excellence, entrepreneurial spirit, and exceptional success.

Nomination considerations include, but are not limited to: product or service innovation, adoption of new technologies, job creation, success and growth, sound employee relations, dedication to customer service, participation in new economic activities and community involvement, and more.

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This award acknowledges an agri-business, farm or association that preserves or strengthens Kawartha Lakes’ core industry. The efforts of this business enhance our economy and agricultural profile.

Nomination consideration can include but are not limited to: facilities, markets, farms, retails, distributors, growers, rural events, fairs and so much more.

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Celebrates a Not-For-Profit organization that demonstrates excellence in board governance (strong leadership abilities, strategic planning, partnerships and alliances), effective volunteer management, fundraising initiatives, successful marketing and promotion initiatives and effective program development.

Nomination considerations include, but are not limited to: purpose and mission of the organization, history of organization, board governance and leadership, strategic planning and execution abilities, effective program development, volunteer management, and fundraising success (marketing, promotion and media). 

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The Design Excellence Award recognizes the business or organization in the community that demonstrates the greatest contribution to the commercial viability of the community through construction, renovation or development.

Nomination considerations include, but are not limited to: business facility enhancement, consideration of surroundings, accessibility of design, and more.

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Celebrates a business or organization’s commitment to attract non-residents to Kawartha Lakes. The award acknowledges a business or organization in any category that lures visitors to our market. The efforts of this entity contribute to our local economy.

Nomination considerations include, but are not limited to: evidence of increased bookings, visitor spending, traffic counts, overnight stays, events and attractions attendance, and more.

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Celebrates an entity that provides health and wellness services to individuals or businesses. The recipient demonstrates a consistent adherence to excellent business practices necessary to deliver the highest quality service and support to their clients/customers. This entity executes best practices in all areas of their operation to ensure maximization of their capabilities and capacity. This operation demonstrates a commitment to the ongoing education, skills development or professional accreditation of its employees. The recipient shows a high level of care and concern for the community and has elements of social enterprise in their corporate culture.

Nomination considerations include, but are not limited to: Retirement Homes, Heath Centres, Health Care Professionals, Wellness Centres, Yoga, Patient Transfer, RMT, Fitness Studios, Chiropractor, Dental Hygienist and Dental Offices, etc.

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Celebrates a business’ commitment to youth career preparation. The award acknowledges businesses and organizations actively involved in school to work transition programs with high schools and post-secondary institutions. This entity contributes to retention and attraction of educated youth.

Nomination considerations include, but are not limited to: co-op programs, internships, placements, third party coaching or mentoring, and more.

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Celebrates a business or organization in any industry in the Kawartha Lakes renowned for its commitment to its employees. This award acknowledges a business or organization that provides an exceptional workplace. The efforts of this entity enhance job and career opportunities.

Nomination considerations include, but are not limited to: positive work environment, career growth path, professional development, staff support and recognition, commitment to work/life balance, and more. This nomination must come from the staff of the nominee.

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This once in a lifetime award celebrates a resident who through leadership and corporate curiosity has contributed to the economic wellbeing of Lindsay and District, by improving its community profile. This award acknowledges someone who has, through their actions, shown exemplary leadership and community spirit, visibly contributing to the improvement of community profile.

Nomination considerations include, but are not limited to: visionary leadership, quality workmanship, professional mannerism and exemplary customer service in business and the community, dedication and commitment to business endeavours, team spirit and inspiration to building a business culture.

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This once in a lifetime award celebrates a special resident (or honorary resident) of Lindsay and District who has contributed to the community in a manner above and beyond in a volunteer capacity. This award acknowledges the contribution made and ultimate benefits to the community. This individual has shown special efforts and has had a notable impact, which resonates within the community.

Nomination considerations include, but are not limited to: must be 18 years of age or older, demonstration of a lasting and meaningful volunteer contribution outside the bounds of paid employment, evident community pride, giving in nature, with no expectation in return, acts in the best interest of the community, a community leader.

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Recognizing Visionaries in all forms of Media. The Media Excellence Award evolved through a need to recognize and celebrate creativity, innovation, and those pushing the bounds of creative excellence in all forms of local media. This award recognizes communications that keep pace with our times  while recognizing how all demographics like to consume news, from younger to older generations.  This award is for marketers, broadcasters, publishers, designers, developers, innovators, visionaries and leaders in communication. We offer recognition for introducing new ideas directing and helping to set the pace for emerging media, and demonstrating excellence through print, broadcast, apps, mobile advertising, videos, mobile sites, podcasts and social media.

Nomination considerations include, but are not limited to:  publishers, journalists, news organizations, local associations or anyone who wishes to draw attention to a print, broadcast TV or radio or online media outlet that meets the criteriaTestimonials are strongly encouraged (maximum 5).

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This award will honour a business operating in the City of Kawartha Lakes that has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, innovation, efforts and/or commitment to increase equality, diversity and inclusion in:

  • its workplace(s) for its employees.
  • customer service; and/or
  • the community.

This award is intended to recognize effective and sustained efforts. However, special acts or one-time achievements may be considered.

The LDCC recognizes that equality, diversity, and inclusion are also a strategic imperative for Kawartha Lakes businesses that wish to remain relevant and competitive.

Nomination considerations include but are not limited to business facility enhancement, consideration of surroundings, accessibility of design, and more.

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Jon Perrin and Diane Steven named Lindsay’s Citizen of the Year and Business Leader of the Year

Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce 2021 Awards of Excellence

recognizes top local businesses in Kawartha Lakes

Jon Perrin, right, accepts the Citizen of the Year award from IG Wealth Management's Shawn Harris. Photo credit: R.A. Bloom Creations

LINDSAY – The Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce & presenting sponsor Cogeco held the 2021 Award of Excellence on Friday, November 12th at Celebrations in Lindsay, with support from multiple local sponsors. 

More than 50 people were in attendance at the Chamber’s annual awards event that honours local businesses, showing that it is more important than ever to celebrate our local business community and volunteers. Nominations are judged by a panel outside of our community, composed of Chamber of Commerce professionals across North America. 

Police officer Jon Perrin won the Citizen of the Year award, sponsored by IG Wealth Management, at the 2021 Awards of Excellence on Friday night. Perrin and his wife, Jennifer, have established a non-profit called the Twisted Trauma Foundation, which works to improve mental health support locally.

Perrin, who himself lives with PTSD after experiencing work-related trauma while on the force, was visibly moved by the show of support for his work with the standing ovations he received, one while he made his way to the stage and the second just prior to saying a few words of appreciation. Perrin noted that the amazing support of his wife Jennifer has everything to do with him receiving such an honour and credited the award to her as well.

The Business Leader of the Year award, sponsored by Cogeco, was given to Diane Steven, manager at the municipal Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre (KLSBEC). The centre helps business start-ups and existing businesses by assisting with business plan development, regulations and licensing, training, market research, marketing, financial and cash flow development, and expansion.  Steven has been the manager at the KLSBEC office since it began nearly 20 years ago. 7 of the 15 award winners on Friday evening have been clients of Steven’s.

This year the Diversity and Inclusion Award, sponsored by Stewart Morrison Insurance, was the newest award category. Marlene Morrison Nicholls was proud to present the award to the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team’s Executive Director, Aasif Khakoo. The LDCC was one of the first organizations in our area to recognize the importance and need for educating our community about the benefits of welcoming diversity in our region. Morrison Nicholls and then-president Mike Perry were instrumental in creating this program.

Diane Steven, left, accepts her award for Business Leader of the Year from Cogeco YourTV's Johanna Hawkshaw. 

Photo credit: R.A. Bloom Creations.

The 2021 Awards of Excellence Winners:

Agriculture Excellence 

Sponsor: LDCC

Mariposa Woolen Mill


Arts & Culture Excellence 

Sponsor: LDCC

Kawartha Art Gallery


Customer Service Excellence 

Sponsor: CIBC

Fresh FueLL


Employer of the Year 

Sponsor: Cogeco Your TV

Pinchin Ltd. 


Health & Wellness 

Sponsor: RBC

Kawartha Care Wellness

Innovation Excellence 

NanoNation Canada

Kawartha Lakes Food Source


Marketing Excellence

Sponsor: Bounce Radio

Matty G Digital Marketing 

Media Excellence 

Sponsor: Ward Legal

Lindsay Advocate


New Business of the Year 

Sponsor: Lindsay Advocate

Browning Reptiles

Not for Profit Excellence 

Sponsor: LDCC

Kawartha Lakes Food Source


Tourism Excellence 

Sponsor: LDCC

Days Inn Lindsay 


Youth Excellence 

Sponsor: Flato Developments

BGC Kawartha Lakes Youth Warehouse

Diversity & Inclusion Excellence

Sponsor: Stewart Morrison Insurance

City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team

Business Leader of the Year 

Sponsor: Cogeco

Diane Steven


Citizen of the Year 

Sponsor: IG Wealth

Jon Perrin


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