Brockville’s finest

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - NEWS -

The Brockville and Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce’s Awards of Ex­cel­lence gala is a high­light of the com­mu­nity’s fall so­cial cal­en­dar, with ev­ery­one dressed to the nines to hon­our the best in lo­cal busi­ness and com­mu­nity ser­vice. Thurs­day’s event at the Memo­rial Cen­tre hall had its mo­ments of lev­ity, grav­ity and poignancy, in­clud­ing trib­utes to friends lost too soon. Par­tic­i­pants walked on stars to get to the podium: Stars placed on the floor bear­ing the names of pre­vi­ous hon­ourees, as the theme of the event was a trib­ute to award re­cip­i­ents of the past, even as the lat­est co­hort was cel­e­brated. And the night in­cluded one re­cip­i­ent who was both past and present: Dave Shaw, who ac­cepted the Small Busi­ness of the Year award for Alan Browns, 17 years af­ter be­ing named Ci­ti­zen of the Year.

Anne Barabash ac­cepts the Tourism Award.

An­drew Melch­ers ac­cepts the Young Pro­fes­sional of the Year Award.

PHO­TOS BY RON­ALD ZA­JAC

MC Bruce Wylie opens the awards por­tion of the gala with a trib­ute to the late Roger Clark, a friend to many, who died re­cently.

Diana Deakin-Thomas makes her way to the podium to ac­cept the Com­mu­nity Ex­cel­lence Award.

Dave Shaw, right, owner of Alan Browns, poses with pre­sen­ter Dar­ren Gal­lacher, of TD Canada Trust, as he ac­cepts the Small Busi­ness of the Year award.

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