The Meaford Community Awards, presented by the Meaford Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Meaford, returns for its 22nd year at 6pm on March 28th at the Meaford Golf Course. There's no charge to attend this event.
This year’s event will have a new format as it will be combined with the Meaford Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting, and will feature Guest Speaker, Robert Voigt of Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc. This event will provide an opportunity for attendees to network with local residents, business people and municipal representatives, as well as support and recognize local businesses.
The Meaford Community Awards acknowledges the contributions to our community made by the businesses and volunteers in 2019. The Chamber honours winners and nominations in eight (8) community award categories. This year, we are very proud to once again have the Rotary Club of Meaford on hand to present the Rotary Citizen of the Year Award. The Rotary Club’s Youth Citizen of the Year Award is also included on the Nomination Form but this award will be presented by the Rotary Club at a future date at the Georgian Bay Community School.
Thank you to our sponsors
The Chamber would like to thank this years’ Award sponsors for awarding individuals and business in the following categories:
HJM Broker Link for sponsoring the Most Improved Business Award presented to an existing business that has significantly expanded its operation or an improvement of the premises making the community more attractive by HJM Broker Link
Bayview Escarpment Fine Furniture & Cabinetry for sponsoring the Tourism Award presented to a business with a commitment to local tourism through a welcoming attitude, awareness and promotion of local attractions.
Knight’s Home Building Centre for the Customer Service Award presented to a business that consistently goes out of its way to provide superior service to its customers.
Bruce Street Technologies Limited for the Agribusiness Award presented to an agribusiness that has invested in sustainable farming practices and has successfully developed innovative products, processes and marketing channels.
The Municipality of Meaford for the Special Merit Award presented to a volunteer organization or service club for exceptional effort over the past year that has enhanced the quality of life within our community.
The Meaford Chamber of Commerce for the Peter Francis Memorial Award presented to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary volunteer leadership over many years and who has made a significant contribution to community development in the Municipality of Meaford. This individual must exhibit strong leadership through example. This is a lifetime achievement award. (Note: this award will not necessarily be awarded each year)
Earth Power Tractors & Equipment in Meaford for the Farmer of the Year Award presented to an active farmer in the Municipality of Meaford who exemplifies all or most of these characteristics: leadership, volunteerism, youth participation, community service and special achievements.
The Meaford Business Improvement Association for the Business Owner of the Year Award presented to an owner who has made an outstanding contribution to the Municipality of Meaford and demonstrates: leadership within a business, dedication to the betterment of the whole community, good citizenship, care for the environment, and sound employee relations.
The Rotary Club of Meaford for the Rotary Citizen of the Year Award presented to an individual or couple who has brought credit or distinction to our community, enhanced life or provided a benefit to our community, or represented an effort over and above normal volunteer work.
The Rotary Club of Meaford for the Rotary Youth Citizen of the Year Award presented to an individual (or group) 20 years of age or younger, that has made a positive difference in the community. For example, champions in their school or community, young careers, fundraisers, volunteers, or have shown courage in challenging situations.
The evening kicks off at 6pm with a Meet and Greet with snacks, refreshments and an open bar and an opportunity to meet community members and businesses. The Meaford Chamber of Commerce AGM will follow from 6:45 to 7:30. We are pleased to then have Rob Voigt of Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities present exciting new development plans for the Municipality from 7:50 to 8:30. The evening will conclude with the Community Award Presentations from 8:40 to 10pm.
Introducing a new incentive to nominate
We encourage everyone to participate by completing and submitting a nomination form recognizing our amazing local businesses and community champions! For extra incentive, we are excited to introduce a new nominator’s prize of $25 for each Community Award category! These will be drawn from those who have submitted a duly completed nomination form, either online or in person at the Meaford Chamber of Commerce office, 21 Nelson St, Meaford, by 12:00 pm on March 18, 2020. There are a total of eight Community Awards categories and, thus, a total of eight prizes of $25 each. There is no limitation on how many prizes a single person can win. Full entry rules can found here.