UPDATE ON AWARDS
Hello everyone. We now have a new executive director at the helm of the Chamber and we are currently evaluating how we will proceed with the 2023 and 2024 Awards of Excellence. Stay tuned, we haven't forgotten about all you superstars.
Nominations are now open for the 2023 Awards of Excellence!
Deadline for Nominations is Tuesday, October 31st, 2023 at 12 noon.
Judging of nominations takes place the week of November 1st-8th.
It's your time to shine! Self nomination is encouraged. Businesses can be nominated in up to two categories.
Download the nomination forms below and return to firstname.lastname@example.org . Be sure to use as much detail as possible when filling out your form, and include client/customer testimonials, reviews photos and other details.
Business Leader of the Year - Download Nomination Form
This 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.
Citizen of the Year - Download Nomination Form
This 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 be18 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.
Employer of the Year - Download Nomination Form
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, a 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.
New Business of the Year - Download Nomination Form
The award 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 that has 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.
Arts & Culture Excellence - Download Nomination Form
This award 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.
Customer Service Excellence - Download Nomination Form
This award celebrates exemplary customer service, customer retention or customer relationship management. It acknowledges a business, independent retailer, franchise, dealer of goods or services in any industry that is committed to the 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.
Design Excellence - Download Nomination Form
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.
Diversity & Inclusion Excellence - Download Nomination Form
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:
The workplace(s) for its employees
The community as a whole
This award is intended to recognize effective and sustained efforts. However, special acts or one-time achievements may be considered. Nomination considerations include but are not limited to business facility enhancement, consideration of surroundings, accessibility of design, and more.
Health & Wellness Excellence - Download Nomination Form
This award 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. They demonstrate a commitment to the ongoing education, skills development, or professional accreditation of its employees. The nominee shows a high level of care and concern for the community. Qualifying organizations include, but are not limited to: Retirement Homes, Health Centres, Health Care Professionals, Wellness Centres, Yoga Studios, Patient Transfer, RMT, Fitness Studios, Chiropractor, Dental Hygienist and Dental Offices, etc.
Innovation Excellence - Download Nomination Form
This award celebrates outstanding innovation in any manufactured product, component, or service with 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.
Marketing Excellence - Download Nomination Form
This award 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.
Media Excellence - Download Nomination Form
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 through innovative use of new media. This award is for marketers, broadcasters, publishers, designers, developers, innovators, visionaries, and leaders in this exciting new realm of communication. We offer recognition for introducing new methods, directing, and helping to set the pace for emerging media, and demonstrating excellence on the web — through print, broadcast, apps, mobile advertising, videos, mobile sites, podcasts and social media.
Nomination considerations include, 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 criteria.
Non-Profit Excellence - Download Nomination Form
This award 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).
Tourism Excellence - Download Nomination Form
Celebrates a business or organization’s commitment to attracting 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.
Youth Mentorship Excellence - Download Nomination Form
This award celebrates a business’ commitment to the youth of Kawartha Lakes. The award acknowledges businesses and organizations actively involved in supporting and mentoring youth in the Kawartha Lakes community (and beyond). Nomination considerations could include but are not limited to: job readiness programs, leadership development, school-to-work programs, youth specific arts and culture programs, youth mental health and support programs and more.
2022 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS
ARTS & CULTURE EXCELLENCE
Sponsored by: FLATO DEVELOPMENTS Winner: GLOBUS THEATRE
CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE
Sponsored by: CIBC Winner: WEED MAN
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION EXCELLENCE
Sponsored by: SCOTIABANK Winner: NEW BEGINNINGS CONTRACTING SERVICES
HEALTH & WELNESS EXCELLENCE
Sponsored by: RBC Winner: STATE OF MIND HYPNOSIS
Sponsored by: LP MOVERS Winner: DCM INC - THE DRAWING SPECIALISTS
Sponsored by: BOUNCE RADIO Winner: PETERBOROUGH and THE KAWARTHAS HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION
Sponsored by: WARDS LAWYERS PC Winner: VANESSA MURPHY
NOT FOR PROFIT EXCELLENCE
Sponsored by: NEW BEGINNINGS CONTRACTING SERVICES Winner: KAWARTHA HALIBURTON CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION
Sponsored by: LINDSAY + DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Winner: PIE EYED MONK
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by: COGECO YOUR TV Winner: PINCHIN LTD.
NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by: LINDSAY ADVOCATE Winner: PRI ENGINEERING
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by: COGECO Winner: MATT GERAGHTY
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by: IG WEALTH MANAGEMENT Winner: PENNY BARTON DYKE