Awards


Business & New Business of the Year

These recognition awards are presented to established Business Members of the Port Sydney/Utterson & Area Chamber of Commerce who have demonstrated qualities such as:

  • outstanding customer service, growth, and environmental sensitivity;
  • a quality product or service;
  • excellent employee/employer relations;
  • and outstanding community involvement.

Previous recipients cannot be considered for the same award again. A Business of the Year nominee must: have been in operation for 2+ years; have demonstrated success and innovation over the years. A New Business of the Year nominee must: have been in operation for less than 2 years. (Change of location/ownership qualify.) (NOTE: Nominators must be current Members of the Port Sydney/Utterson & Area Chamber of Commerce, and each Nominator may submit up to one Nominee for consideration in each category each year.)

The 2019 Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at the Port Sydney Community Hall. President Derek Watson-Brown was pleased to present the 2019 Business Awards to these recipients:

The 2019 Business of the Year Award was presented to Frances Balodis, owner of Creative Muskoka Cards. Frances has a passion for producing a high quality and unique product using ethically sourced materials while minimizing waste. Though her product is rooted in nature, she has embraced the use of technology in promoting her original line of hand crafted birch bark greeting cards, which truly are miniature works of art. Frances has demonstrated great commitment to the Chamber and it was a pleasure to honour her with this award. Congratulations Frances!

The 2019 New Business of the Year Award was presented to Anabel Sheyk, owner of ACS Beauty Studio and MediSpa. Anabel is an entrepreneur who has embarked on a new venture this year by bringing relaxation, renewal, and a high quality skin care product line to our community. She has also shown a commitment to client comfort and privacy, especially for those clients who are battling cancer. Anabel has been very supporting of our Chamber and it was a pleasure to honour her with this award. Congratulations Anabel!


Citizen of the Year

The Port Sydney/Utterson & Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award is presented annually to one person who has made a significant contribution to the Port Sydney/Utterson community. To qualify, a recipient must:

  • live in the community
  • exemplify community spirit
  • add to the quality of life for others in the community
  • and be known for ‘going the extra mile’ by volunteering when he or she sees a need

Our 2019 presentation took place on July 1st during the Canada Day celebrations at Port Sydney Beach, and our recipient was chosen for being one who:

  • never lets anyone down
  • always goes over and above
  • takes time out of his own schedule to help others
  • genuinely cares about our community and everyone who lives here
  • and, for being a positive person who always has a big smile

Born and raised in Port Sydney, this recipient is a well-known face in the community. He has developed a reputation for being knowledgeable, reliable, helpful, and friendly during his 25 plus years working at Dean’s Home Hardware. It was our pleasure to present the 2019 Citizen of the Year Award to… Greg Wilson! Congratulations Greg!


V.K. Greer Leadership Award

The Port Sydney/Utterson & Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award” is presented to the Graduating Student at V.K. Greer Memorial Public School who has provided Exemplary Leadership.

The 2019 presentation of this award took place on June 25th at during the V.K. Greer Graduation ceremony, and this recipient was chosen (by school staff) for consistently demonstrating the following qualities during all of these elementary years here at V.K. Greer:

  • unfailing kindness towards all students, staff, and guests to the school
  • always taking the initiative to help others in any way possible, most often without needing to be asked
  • always having the best interests of peers in mind
  • and for always advocating for others to ensure that all are treated fairly

Because of these traits, this student was considered as one who quietly lead by example. On behalf of the Chamber, it was Derek Watson-Brown’s pleasure to present the 2019 Leadership Award to… Griffin Seifried! Congratulations Griffin!