Businesses honoured at chamber awards
The winners of the annual Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Awards of Excellence were named Thursday.
Chamber board president Tonya Kraan, of Strexer Harrop & Associates, congratulated the recipients as well as all who were nominated. With over 80 nominations there was a lot to celebrate.
The ceremony, held at Lakefield College School, also included the announcement of the chamber's Citizen of the Year. This year that honour was given to Cindy Windover, who was recognized for her endless supply of energy to help organize and advise many groups, setting an outstanding example for all. Through her volunteer efforts with Habitat for Humanity and Abbeyfield Society, she has been an active promoter for affordable housing. As co-owner of Windover Plumbing she has advocated for improvements to the apprenticeship process. For several
years Windover has volunteered on Kawartha Chamber committees and the board of directors including a term as president.
As one nominator noted, "If everyone did one 10th of what she does, there would be no more volunteers needed." The award was sponsored by RBC.
In addition, judges elected to honour Audrey Von Bogen with a special award for Lifetime Achievement. She has co-owned Shambhala B&B for close to 15 years and her contributions to multiple causes in the Buckhorn and area community span decades. Three terms were spent in municipal politics as councillor in the former Township of Galway, Cavendish and Harvey. Community Care, Buckhorn Community Centre, Beautiful Buckhorn and the Buckhorn District Tourist Association have all benefited from her involvement for over 20 years. She has held leadership roles for many including chair of the Buckhorn Regional Health Centre Foundation for five years. The award was sponsored by ISL Insurance Brokers.
Nine other awards were presented at the event including Lakefield Foodland for Outstanding Business Achievement and Emily Wilkins, Adventure Outfitters, as Young Professional.
• Outstanding Business Achievement, sponsored by County of Peterborough: Lakefield Foodland
• Customer Service Excellence, sponsored by CIBC: Logan Tree Experts
• Young Professional in memory of Judy Heffernan, Peterborough CFDC, sponsored by Community Futures Peterborough: Emily Wilkins of Adventure Outfitters
• Commercial Development or Renovation, sponsored by Ball Real Estate: Jack's Lake Lodge Cottage Rentals
• Entrepreneur Innovation, sponsored by Gastles Registered Patent Agents: Vetterview
• Not-For-Profit Excellence in memory of Mary Barrow, community volunteer; sponsored by Darling Insurance: Peterborough Humane Society
• Retailer of the Year, in memory of Brian Holmes, Lockside Trading; sponsored by Nexicom: Trinkets & Treasures
• Sector Service Excellence sponsored by Herod Financial Services: The Regency of Lakefield
• Tourism or Hospitality Excellence sponsored by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development: Lang Pioneer Village Museum
• Lifetime Achievement sponsored by ISL Insurance Brokers: Audrey Von Bogen. Special award for 2018
• Citizen of the Year sponsored by RBC: Cindy Windover, co-owner Windover Plumbing.
The chamber represents Douro-Dummer, North Kawartha, Selwyn and Trent Lakes.