Blog > Awards of Excellence, Discover Our Region, General

2021 Awards of Excellence Finalists Announced!

Over 150 nominations were received for the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s 21st Annual Awards of Excellence! With the largest number of nominations yet, some very difficult decisions had to be made by the judging panel. Almost all the categories received nominations in the double digits. This speaks volumes for all the wonderful businesses, organizations and individuals in this region that display excellence, especially during this difficult time!

All nominees, whether they are a finalist or not, should feel very proud. Due to the high number of nominations and difficult decisions, the judges have chosen more than three finalists in some categories.


Commercial Development or Renovation (sponsored by RBC Royal Bank)

BALL Real Estate Inc., Brokerage – Apsley
• Cambium
Kingdon Timber Mart – Lakefield

Customer Service Excellence (sponsored by CIBC– Mobile Advice & Commercial Banking)

• Buns & Sweets
• Computer Garage
Style Boutique
Village Pet Food & Supply

Entrepreneur Innovation (sponsored by Shop The Lake)

• Coco Cakes
Living Local Box
• The Grape & Wedge

Not-for-Profit Excellence (sponsored by Darling Insurance)

Lakefield Farmers’ Market
• Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre
• Peterborough Public Health & Peterborough County/City Paramedics

Young Professional (sponsored by Community Futures Peterborough)

Finalists Not Announced

Retailer of the Year (sponsored by Nexicom)

Lakefield Flowers & Gifts
Lockside Trading Company
• Tragically Hipp Fashion Gallery

Service Sector Excellence (sponsored by ISL Insurance Brokers)

• Apsley Dental
Hendren Funeral Homes
Kawartha Lakes Construction
Strexer Harrop & Associates

Tourism/Hospitality Excellence (sponsored by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development)

Burleigh Falls Inn & Suites
Lang Pioneer Village Museum
Old Bridge Inn & Restaurant
The Village Inn

Outstanding Business Achievement (sponsored by County of Peterborough)

Beachwood Resort
• Central Smith Creamery
Kawartha Lakes Construction

Lifetime Achievement (sponsored by Herod Financial Services)

Special Award selected by Judges

Citizen of the Year (sponsored by Herod Financial Services)

Finalists Not Announced

Award recipients will be announced at the 21st Annual Awards of Excellence Virtual Gala on Thursday, October 28th. Our sincere thanks to Host Sponsor BALL Real Estate Inc., Brokerage. Tickets are now on sale for the VIP Pre-Show which includes a VIP bag with restaurant certificate and more! Tickets/bags can be purchased at This highly anticipated occasion is the Chamber’s premiere event of the year! Area businesses are encouraged to invite their staff and the community to share in the celebration of local business!