Placentia Bay business community honoured
Business awards handed out during Placentia Bay Industrial Showcase
Placentia Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Excellence Awards last week during the Placentia Bay Industrial Showcase. Eight awards were handed out during a gala event that featured provincial cabinet minister Christopher Mitchelmore — seen here with Rising Star Award recipient Vanessa Barry — on hand as the night’s guest speaker.
The best local business minds were recognized last week as the Placentia Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Excellence Awards.
Coinciding with this year’s Placentia Bay Industrial Showcase, the event highlighted the achievements of several individuals and organizations from Long Harbour to St. Mary’s Bay.
“In a fiercely competitive marketplace, it is important to focus on ways to set your business apart from the rest,” said Gerry Sullivan, chamber past-president. “Winning these awards can benefit your company’s internal and external operations by being recognized by your peers from all over the Placentia Bay region and position your company as a leader to current and potential customers, as well as your own employees.”
Mary Margaret’s Flowers in Placentia took home the New Business of the Year Award. Opening in 2015, the Placentia business was named after Dunville resident Mary Margaret Hogan, who died last year and was a close friend of the busi- ness’ manager, Trudy Pittman.
Vanessa Barry received the Rising Star Award. She had long dreamed of operating her own business in tandem with raising a family. She did so with Barry’s Auto Spa, focusing on customer service in her vehicle cleaning business.
The 2016 Innovator of the Year Award went to Port of Argentia. The organization went through a rebranding process last year that culminated in the establishment of a new name for the organization, previously known as Argentia Management Authority.
Vale was awarded the Placentia Bay Impact Award for its positive social and cultural engagement in the local area. Vale has established a sustainability fund to support environmental projects, made donations to a variety of groups, and provided surplus assets to local municipalities.
The Employee of the Year was Dawn McGrath from Royal Bank in Placentia. She has been recognized at the local RBC branch for consistently showing leadership and focus in supporting her employer’s values and vision. She has also built a reputation for placing the customer’s needs first.
In the Business Excellence Award for organizations with 10-or-less employees category, Long Harbour Development Corporation was honoured for its dedication to the region’s economy. It has invested millions over the years to expand the area’s economic base.
The Town of Placentia grabbed the Business Excellence Award for an organization with more than 10 employees. Its support of the local historical society, regatta and economic development was highlighted, as was the potential partnership with YMCA Newfoundland and Labrador.
The final award of the night, the People’s Choice Award, went to Royal Bank. The award acknowledged Royal Bank’s commitment to customer service, community engagement, and economic growth. In 2016, it contributed over $10,000 to projects in the community through a days-of-service grant program. A pair of $2,000 scholarships were awarded to local students, and the bank also contributed to local book and food drives.
The big winners posed for a photo last Wednesday at the conclusion of the 2016 Business Excellence Awards in Placentia at the Star of the Sea Association Memorial Hall. Back row (l-r): Vale’s Stuart McNaughton, Long Harbour Development Corporation executive director Joe Bennett, Vanessa Barry, Trudy Pittman, Business Minister Christopher Mitchelmore, Deborah Parker of Royal Bank, Placentia Mayor Wayne Power Jr.; Front row (l-r): Placentia Area Chamber of Commerce chair Pamela Constantine, Long Harbour Development Corporation chair Gary Keating, Port of Argentia CEO Harvey Brenton and chair Hedley Burge, and Dawn McGrath and Wendy Leonard, both from RBC.
From the left, Royal Bank Placentia manager of customer care Michelle Healey, Business Minister Christopher Mitchelmore and branch manager Robert Rouah at the Placentia Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards. Royal Bank received the People’s Choice Award.
Port of Argentia chair Hedley Burge, left, accepts the Innovator of the Year Award from Business Minister Christopher Mitchelmore.