Evening of Excellence winners announced

The Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce & Cogeco once again held an exciting and elegant affair with its 2018 Evening of Excellence event on Friday June 1st at the Lakeview Arts Barn. Many local individuals, groups and businesses gathered to recognize those among them who go above and beyond to provide innovative products or services, develop exceptional new practices and improve the community for all.

President of the Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce, Mike Perry, congratulates all of the recipients and nominees and thanks Lakeview Arts Barn for hosting the marquee event again this year. “It is wonderful to celebrate local hard work and success across our communities”, Perry stated.

The evening kicked off with the presentation of a rarely awarded and well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award to Chris Karkabasis, former owner of the Cottage and later the Olympia Restaurant, a BIA Founder, Councilor for the Town of Lindsay and past Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce President.

Throughout the awards presentation portion of the evening, the winners awarded Excellence Awards were: Lifetime Achievement Award: Chris Karkabasis, New Business Of The Year: DiBello Towing, Customer Service Excellence: Kawartha Care Wellness Centre, Design Excellence: Adelaide Clinic, Innovation Excellence: Mariposa Dairy, Tourism Excellence: Days Inn & Suites Lindsay, Marketing Excellence: Happy Days Houseboats, Youth Mentorship Excellence: Victoria County Career Services, Arts Excellence: Kawartha Lakes Art Gallery, Employer of The Year: Horizon’s Family Dentistry, Not-For-Profit Excellence: A Place Called Home, with the highest honours going to Adam Hayward of Nesbitt’s Meat Market, and Robyn Ward, who were named Business Leader of the Year and Citizen of the Year, respectively.

Comedian Chris Gibbs acted as master of ceremonies for the night, introducing award presenters and entertaining the crowd with light humour and banter. Towards the end of the award presentations, he thanked everyone present for inviting him to witness such camaraderie and how wonderful we honour and support the businesses, organizations and individuals that make our community great.