Pla­cen­tia Bay busi­ness com­mu­nity hon­oured

Busi­ness awards handed out dur­ing Pla­cen­tia Bay In­dus­trial Show­case

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - ■ BUSI­NESS BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

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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.

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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.

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Port of Ar­gen­tia chair Hed­ley Burge, left, ac­cepts the In­no­va­tor of the Year Award from Busi­ness Min­is­ter Christo­pher Mitchel­more.

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