The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce recognized 13 members of the business community Oct. 18 during its annual general meeting and business awards dinner.
Dr. Kent Floreani and Francine Floreani
were jointly presented with the Skipper Manzzutti Award for business
achievement, which recognizes a business person who has demonstrated
exemplary qualities of an entrepreneur and community-minded
Penny Perrier received the Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes an individual whose time, commitment and contribution to the chamber has been outstanding.
Jim McAuley was awarded the Paul Dalseg Award, which recognizes a businessperson or professional in Sault Ste. Marie who has demonstrated exemplary interest in the community and, in so doing, has made a major, outstanding and unique achievement or contribution to the life of the community. It is intended to recognize the leadership and community-mindedness of businesspersons and professionals.
Ted Brooks was presented with the President’s Award, which recognizes someone who makes an exceptional effort, going above and beyond the call of duty in any area of business and community development. Selected by the chamber past president, this award is not necessarily given annually.
Dr. Kent Floreani of Floreani O'Toole Orthodontists was presented with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which recognizes an entrepreneur who successfully demonstrates a progressive attitude toward employee relations, a positive public image, a reputation for excellence in customer service and their contribution to the community.
Porter Airlines was presented with the Business Development Award, which is presented to a business that demonstrates a positive initiative for job creation and growth within the community.
The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre was presented with the Marketing Award, which recognizes a business or agency that demonstrates a superior and novel marketing strategy to attract new business and retain repeat business through the creative use of limited resources.
Jeannette's Custom Cakes was presented with the inaugural Young Entrepreneur Award, which is presented to a young entrepreneur (aged 18-39) who demonstrates an innovative or creative approach to creating, marketing and promoting his/her business, in addition to maintaining a positive public image and contributing to community activities.
WINMAR Sault Ste. Marie was presented with the Customer Service Award, which goes to a business that raises customer service to new standards of excellence and is a model for other businesses in the community to follow.
Wal-Mart was presented with the Environment Award, which honours businesses or agencies that have made a difference in making our environment better, whether it be through reduction of pollution or waste, energy efficiency, new environmental or energy technology applications, best practices, or introducing an innovative program that reduces waste in our city.
TopLine Electric and Plumbing was presented with the Safe Work, Sound Business Award, which recognizes a business that uses a safe work management system, participates in workplace and/or community injury prevention programs and has exceptionally good injury frequency and injury severity performance.
The Sault Community Career Centre was presented with the Diversity Award, which recognizes a business or organization that embraces, celebrates and applies holistic inclusion and participation of a diverse people making the workplace a better environment in which to work, and the community a better place in which to live, work and raise a family.
Donna Hilsinger was presented with the Athena Award, which is an internationally recognized award, presented to an individual who is recognized for his/her professional excellence, for providing valuable service to the community and for actively assisting women in attainment of their professional goals and leadership skills.
The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce is the recognized voice of business in Sault Ste. Marie.