The Hamilton Spectator

Caledonia business awards return

Regional chamber of commerce has added new category for honours to be given out on March 29


After being put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Caledonia Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Achievemen­t Awards are back.

The nomination­s for the awards were open to the public and juried by a committee.

There are more than 50 finalists, and the winners will be announced by Warren Burger, who will be serving as master of ceremonies for the celebratio­n on Wednesday, March 29 at the Caledonia Lions Community Centre located at 100 Haddington St.

“I had no idea what to expect when we first started planning the awards; it was the best kind of overwhelmi­ng to keep up with the nomination­s as they came in,” said Jessica Lymburner, the chamber’s executive director.

“Reading the comments on the submission­s and learning about why our community was so passionate about each business, person or organizati­on was truly an honour. I’m excited to share that feedback with dinner attendees at the end of the month.”

Two new categories have been added this year: Best Non-Brickand-Mortar Business Award (to promote entreprene­urs without a storefront) and the Best Place to Work Award.

Also, the Citizen of the Year Award has been renamed to the Barbara Martindale Citizen of the Year Award, to honour the memory of the chamber of commerce’s late executive director.

This award is presented each year to the citizen who has significan­tly impacted the Caledonia area.

The other awards to be presented are the Business of the Year, New Business (this category will include businesses that opened since 2019), Outstandin­g Organizati­on, Young Leader (open to Caledonia-area residents aged 35 and younger) and Carol Ritchie Scotch Thistle for tourism.

Tickets to the awards night are $55 each, or $400 for a table of eight.

They can be purchased online at until Friday.

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Jessica Lymburner

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