2019 Awards of Excellence Finalists Announced!


We received over 100 nominations for our Awards of Excellence this year! Due to the high number of nominations and caliber of the nominees, there are more than three finalists in some categories.

Award recipients will be announced at our 20th Annual Awards of Excellence & Social Gala on Thursday, October 10th at Lakefield College School. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres and silent auction, followed by a live auction and award presentations. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

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Sally Harding Named Citizen of the Year

Sally Harding, President & CEO of Nightingale Nursing, is the Kawartha Chamber’s 2019 Citizen of the Year. Harding has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the area, both as a businessperson and community supporter. (more…)

2019 Young Professional, Jillian Harrington

Jillian Harrington of Clearview Cottage Resort is the Kawartha Chamber’s 2019 Young Professional.

The nominator describes Jillian as, “A natural leader with a friendly nature and infectious, positive personality that is perfect for the industry. She has displayed strength, grace and gratitude during times of significant challenge. A true role model for all ages!” (more…)

2019 Outstanding Business Achievement, Central Smith

The recipient of the Outstanding Business Achievement Award is Central Smith.

Originating as a farmers’ coop in 1896, this family run operation has steadily worked for 40
years at becoming Canada’s leading food-service ice cream manufacturer. Producing 273 SKUs
they provide ice cream to two of Canada’s largest food distribution networks; all the frozen
stick products for Dairy Queen Canada; and supply the majority of Canada’s chain restaurants,
nursing homes and hospitals. With over 50 employees, the average length of employment is 16
years. Their nominator says, “We truly believe they are quiet heroes of our region.” (more…)

2019 Customer Service Excellence, Home Suite Home Transitions

The recipient of the Kawartha Chamber’s 2019 Customer Service Excellence Award is Home Suite Home Transitions!

Their services for seniors include downsizing, decluttering, packing, unpacking and sale and/or
donation of possessions which may include an online auction. The idea of letting go of these
items can be mentally draining. Guiding overwhelmed clients requires training, respect, tact,
patience, and a sense of humour. “They provide empathetic and understanding service to
seniors at a time when they are vulnerable and need a trusting advocate,” says the nominator. (more…)

2019 Commercial Development/Renovation, Kawartha Lakes Construction

The recipient of the Kawartha Chamber’s 2019 Commercial Development/Renovation Award is Kawartha Lakes Construction.

Driven by the need for more space for their production team the form and design of the
building were inspired by a desire to showcase various exterior finish trends along with a clean,
modern presence to Lakefield’s western gateway. They salvaged what they could from the
original building to minimize waste. Radiant heating in the slab, R60 ceiling insulation, triple
glazed windows and LED lighting make for an efficient building with low operating costs. (more…)