Cel­e­brat­ing busi­ness

Greater Sum­mer­side Cham­ber of Com­merce awards handed out at an­nual gala

Journal Pioneer - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN MA­CLEAN

Sum­mer­side’s busi­ness com­mu­nity took a night off Thurs­day to cel­e­brate all they’ve ac­com­plished in the past year. It was the 25th an­nual Greater Sum­mer­side Cham­ber of Com­merce Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards and some stal­warts of the area’s eco­nomic ecosys­tem were slated for recog­ni­tion.

Sum­mer­side’s busi­ness com­mu­nity took a night off Thurs­day to cel­e­brate all they’ve ac­com­plished in the past year.

It was the 25th an­nual Greater Sum­mer­side Cham­ber of Com­merce Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards and some stal­warts of the area’s eco­nomic ecosys­tem were slated for recog­ni­tion. Devin Bul­ger, a bar­ber with Sum­mer­side’s The Hum­ble Bar­ber, took home the Stan­dard Aero Em­ployee of the Year Awards for his work.

“It means all the hard work I’ve been do­ing has paid off,” said Bul­ger after re­ceiv­ing his award. “But It means I gotta keep work­ing hard for Sum­mer­side, I gotta keep show­ing up to work and do­ing my best.” Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Sean Ayl­ward said the awards are al­ways an im­por­tant event for the busi­ness com­mu­nity and are a time when they can all take a step back and cel­e­brate some folks who do a lot for the com­mu­nity. “There’s no short­age of good en­trepreneurs amongst the can­di­dates here right now,” said Ayl­ward.

“Sum­mer­side is re­ally good at cel­e­brat­ing our sports he­roes – but I don’t think we cel­e­brate our en­trepreneurs nearly enough. The busi­ness com­mu­nity con­trib­utes a lot more than just brick and mor­tar and jobs,” he said. There were seven awards handed out through­out the evening, which took place at the Loy­al­ist Coun­try Inn in Sum­mer­side.

COLIN MA­CLEAN/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

The 25th an­nual Greater Sum­mer­side Cham­ber of Com­merce Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards were held Thurs­day night. Among the win­ners was Devin Bul­ger, who took home The Stan­dard Aero Award for Em­ployee of the Year Award.

COLIN MA­CLEAN/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Win­ners of the Greater Sum­mer­side Cham­ber of Com­merce Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards in­cluded, from rear left, Dave Case­ley of War­ren’s Car­pen­try, Dave and Duane Mac­Don­ald of Call­becks Home Hard­ware, Sue McGiveron of The Col­lege of Pip­ing, Dan Kutcher of South Cen­tral Kitchen & Pro­vi­sions, Sean Ayl­ward of the Hum­ble Bar­ber, Devin Bul­ger of The Hum­ble Bar­ber and Ken Mis­ter of Hol­man’s Ice Cream Par­lour.

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