2020 Community Achievement Awards announced

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The Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the Community Achievement Awards, during a livestreamed ceremony on Nov. 28.

The Chamber congratulated all the nominees and winners, as well as award sponsors. Community partners Epcor, Reliance Home Comfort, RogersTV, Jennifer Cook and Associates the Cooperators and JMedia were thanked for their support.

The awards, usually presented after a sold-out gala, moved to the virtual format in order to conform to pandemic gathering restrictions and to ensure the safety of all in attendance.

“The Kincardine & District Chamber of Commerce is so very honoured to be facilitating this event for another year,” said Chamber executive director, Ashley Richards. “The stories and successes expressed in our record-setting intake of nominations were inspiring.”

Congratulations were sent out to Brad Thomas, who retired from his business, Lake Huron Rod and Gun, earlier this year. Thomas was thanked for providing the “community with the tools and imparted important knowledge, to inspire generations of people to embrace the journey of hunting, and foster an appreciation and love for the outdoors,” said Richards.

The 2020 Achievement award winners are:

Kincardine Food Bank, winner of the Enbridge Quality of Life award.

Cati VanVeen, winner of the Royal Bank Golden Apple award.

Eden Babbitt, winner of the Ontario Power Generation Environment award.

Sylvia Leigh, winner of the Meridian Good Neighbour award.

Nadine VandenHeuvel, winner of the Bruce Telecom Young Entrepreneur award.

Chris Napier, Sobeys, winner of the Community Living Kincardine & District Inclusion award.

Quinn Florist, winner of the BDO Customer Service Excellence award.

Kincardine Fall Fair, winner of the Miller Insurance Agricultural Business award.

Janice Matchett, winner of the Bank of Montreal Woman of Distinction award.

Jamie Hunsburger, the winner of the Law Offices of Andrea Clarke Youth Programming Excellence award.

Tammy Lindsay Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent