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.
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.