Kell’s En­ter­prise Lim­ited earns top award

Antigo­nish Cham­ber of Com­merce hosts an­nual gala Oct. 17

The Casket - - Local - RICHARD MACKEN­ZIE richard­mac@the­cas­

Kell’s En­ter­prise Lim­ited took home the big prize on the night as the Antigo­nish Cham­ber of Com­merce held its an­nual Busi­ness Gala Oct. 17.

Kell’s En­ter­prise was pre­sented with the Ian Spencer Award – Ex­cel­lence in Busi­ness recog­ni­tion, and owner Rob Kell noted a con­nec­tion he had with the late

St. F.X. pro­fes­sor for whom the award is named.

“I had Ian Spencer as a pro­fes­sor my first year in busi­ness, so it’s kind of neat to win an award named after him,” Kell said. “A nice hon­our.”

Dur­ing his ac­cep­tance speech, Kell be­gan by thank­ing his staff, in­clud­ing Lisa Flynn “who runs the of­fice for us.” He also ac­knowl­edged his par­ents Bobby and Carol and his wife El­iz­a­beth.

In the ci­ta­tion for the busi­ness, it was noted Kell’s En­ter­prise was es­tab­lished in 1981 and is a third gen­er­a­tion busi­ness lo­cated in Antigo­nish. It’s noted the busi­ness spe­cial­izes in the area of ex­ca­va­tion and ag­gre­gates, while also con­struct­ing roads, dig­ging wells and be­ing a li­censed installer of sep­tic systems.

It also noted the com­mu­nity sup­port pro­vided by the com­pany; in­clud­ing be­ing a ma­jor donor to the St. Martha’s Re­gional Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion, the Coady In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute and the Keat­ing Cen­tre, as well as spon­sor­ship for many sport teams, com­mu­nity groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“What­ever you put into it, you get out of it,” Kell said, of their com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

Other re­cip­i­ents dur­ing the gala in­cluded; Tareq Had­had Peace by Choco­late with the Young En­tre­pre­neur Award, San­dra and Mario Swinkels Swinkels Bee Prod­ucts with the Emerg­ing Busi­ness Award, John and Jean Walsh – John Walsh Bag­pipes Lim­ited with the Ex­port Recog­ni­tion Award, and Linda Boyle from The Cas­ket with the Out­stand­ing Cus­tomer Ser­vice Award.

“I'm grate­ful for the recog­ni­tion, love my work and help­ing peo­ple,” Boyle, a Cas­ket staff mem­ber for more than 34 years, said. “It’s a great group to work with … fun times.”

Boyle’s ci­ta­tion noted she is “the friendly face that greets you upon en­ter­ing” and points to her work do­ing the pa­per’s obit­u­ary, as one of the tasks she takes spe­cial care with.

“At a time when peo­ple are most vul­ner­a­ble, Linda is a steady and com­pas­sion­ate hand in mak­ing sure that the life of a loved one is recorded prop­erly and ac­cu­rately,” it reads.

The Antigo­nish Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion for Com­mu­nity Liv­ing’s (CACL) Food Ser­vice Group was pre­sented with the Kay Thomp­son Des­jardins Award for So­cial En­trepreneur­ship, which was a first-time award spon­sored by the Coady In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute.

“We’re very hon­oured and hum­bled by the recog­ni­tion,” CACL ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Jeff Teas­dale said. “We have a lot of re­spect for the busi­ness com­mu­nity here so to be rec­og­nized dur­ing a Cham­ber event, it means a lot to us.

“It just shows peo­ple value us in this com­mu­nity and we’re very happy about that. And we’re proud to be on point with the growth of so­cial en­ter­prise in north­east­ern Nova Sco­tia. We look for­ward to work­ing with other or­ga­ni­za­tions who would like to start so­cial en­ter­prises.”

Coady mar­ket­ing man­ager Brian Laz­zuri said the Coady is pleased to have es­tab­lished a recog­ni­tion for so­cial en­ter­prise de­vel­op­ment in the area and that nam­ing it after Kay Thomp­son Des­jardins is very ap­pro­pri­ate, con­sid­er­ing her early work with Dr. Moses Coady and the ex­ten­sion depart­ment at St. F.X. and the Antigo­nish Move­ment.

“It’s im­por­tant for us to look at our early his­tory … she was very in­stru­men­tal,” Laz­zuri said.

Brad Bow­man

The Anne Cu­sack Memorial En­trepreneur­ship Schol­ar­ship, co-funded by the Antigo­nish Cham­ber of Com­merce, and East Coast Credit Union, was awarded to Ranim Al Zhouri, a2018 grad­u­ate from Dr. John Hugh Gillis Re­gional High School who is cur­rently en­rolled in the busi­ness pro­gram at St. F.X. Mak­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion to Al Zhouri, dur­ing the Cham­ber’s busi­ness gala Oct. 17, were Cham­ber ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Richard Burelle (left) and Credit Union com­mer­cial ac­count man­ager Pa­trick Mckenna.

Brad Bow­man

A new award pre­sented dur­ing the Antigo­nish Cham­ber of Com­merce busi­ness gala, Oct. 17, was the Kay Thomp­son Des­jardins Award for So­cial En­trepreneur­ship - Spon­sored by Coady In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute. The award went to the Antigo­nish Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion for Com­mu­nity Liv­ing’s (CACL) food ser­vices group. Ac­cept­ing on be­half of the CACL was Mariam Gillis.

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