It was a SOLD Out event at the 1st Annual Business & Community Awards Gala hosted by the Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, April 20th at the Holiday Inn Express, Deer Lake. This event never would have been possible without the support of the Town of Deer Lake, the Business Community and the Community at large. The support has been outstanding, for Awards Sponsors, Table Sponsors and donations of Silent Auction Items. The Gala committee (sub committee of the Board of Directors) have been working for several months to help make this prestigious inaugural event such a great success. Mr. Mark Baldwin from Dale Carnegie Newfoundland & Labrador was the Master of Ceremonies and encouraged those in attendance to get involved with the Chamber.
A call for nominations went out in January 2013 to all members of the Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce as well as to the general public via email, Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce and Town of Deer Lake websites, as well as through all associated Social Media accounts with the Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Deer Lake. It was decided that an independent judging committee would be chosen from outside of Deer Lake to review all submitted nominations, this would ensure complete fairness and unbiased decision making. The winners were chosen based on the nominations and submissions received. Special thanks to the judges, Heather Davis, Executive Director from H.E.D.B, Phyllis Keats, Development Officer from Humber CBDC and Tony Randell, Economic Development officer from the Department of Innovation, Business & Rural Development.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR – WINNER ALISON ROPSON, Customer Support Representative with SCOTIABANK
Sponsored by ROYAL K9
This award is presented to an individual that provides superior customer service and satisfaction, works well within a team, has outstanding attendance, is dependable and whose overall personality and drive contributes to the business.
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR – WINNER – WOODWARD AUTO GROUP, accepted by Perry Compton, General Manager
Sponsored by CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE GROUP PLAN
This Employer provides great benefits, work scheduling flexibility, has spirit, creates a TEAM environment, shows appreciation and treats all of their employees with respect.
COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD – WINNER – AMANDA FREAKE
Sponsored by WOODWARD AUTO GROUP
This Individual is always involved in the Community. They volunteer their time with Community Groups and/ or Organizations. They help or advocate for people in need within the Community and their Community Spirit engages those around them.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION ~ 50+ YEARS OF BUSINESS in the Town of Deer Lake
Sponsored by THE TOWN OF DEER LAKE
SHEARS BUILDING SUPPLIES – 61 years
DRIFTWOOD INN – 58 years
WILLIAMS BUILDING SUPPLIES – 57 years
Sponsored by THE TOWN OF DEER LAKE
Presented to B & S TRUCKING for their Innovative & “Green” Initiatives
RISING STAR BUSINESS – WINNER – ROBBINS ENTERPRISES ~ GARDENS & LANDSCAPES
Sponsored by CONSTRUCTION SOLUTIONS
This business provides great customer service and satisfaction, contributes to the spirit of the town, has outstanding employee retention, contributes economically and socially and whose roots have been planted for less than 3 years in the Community.
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – WINNER – ROYAL K9
Sponsored by KEY HOMES
This business provides great customer service and satisfaction, contributes to the spirit of the town, has outstanding employee retention, and contributes economically and socially. And whose roots have been planted for over 3 years in the Community. A special note, out of the 4 top nominees for Business of the Year, ROYAL K9 was the lone nominee nominated by a Customer. When accepting the award, Owner Angie Parsons asked her staff members to join with her on the stage stating “You don’t get to be Business of the Year, without Fantastic Staff”