Join us in celebrating local businesses at our 19th annual Awards of Excellence & Social Gala on November 8th! We received 84 nominations for our Awards of Excellence this year, and are currently working on finalizing our list of finalists! Stay tuned for the list of finalists. In the mean time, here are some details about our upcoming Awards of Excellence & Social Gala.
Awards of Excellence and Social Gala
Due to the event’s growth over the past few years, we have decided to change our format for this year’s event. This year, we are having a hor d’oeuvres-style social event rather than a sit-down dinner. There will be both silent and live auction items, a cash bar and music from Rhythm & Grace! Please note: auction items can be purchased with a credit card; however, there is no ATM on site for the cash bar, so please bring cash if you plan on purchasing additional drinks at the cash bar. There will be time for socializing and networking before the Awards of Excellence are presented. Dress is business attire.
Location, Date & Time
Our Awards of Excellence & Social Gala is taking place on Thursday, November 8th at beautiful Lakefield College School in Lakefield, ON. Doors open at 6:30pm. We are holding our reception in Upper Hadden Hall and will then move over to Bryan Jones Theatre for the awards presentation.
Because of our change in format, tickets are more affordable this year! Tickets are $40 (plus tax) and include 1 complimentary beverage and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available for purchase on our website. Buy your tickets here. You can also purchase tickets at our office at 12 Queen Street in Lakefield. We accept cash, MasterCard and Visa. Please note: tickets are non-refundable and there is limited availability.
Awards of Excellence
Awards of Excellence 2017
We have 10 categories for our Awards of Excellence, all of which seek to honour & recognize local businesses in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. This year, we added the category Service Sector Excellence (our 10th award category!) to our line up, which will be presented to a deserving business that has gone above and beyond in the delivery of their service. This award is sponsored by Herod Financial. Read about our other award categories below.
Citizen of the Year (sponsored by RBC Royal Bank) recognizes and honors a person that has been a leader in moving our region forward and has been responsible for improvement to and well-being of the community, beyond personal or business gain.
Commercial Development or Renovation (sponsored by BALL Real Estate Inc. Brokerage) recognizes business operators and property owners who make a significant contribution to the overall image of the region through physical improvements, or an ongoing effort to maintain high aesthetic standards.
Customer Service Excellence (sponsored by CIBC) recognizes business operators that raise customer service to a level of excellence and would therefore be considered a model for other businesses in the community to follow.
Entrepreneur Innovation (sponsored by Gastles – Registered Patent Agents) honours a business that has excelled in the field of innovation through the use of innovative products, marketing techniques, service and/or environmental practices.
Not-For-Profit Excellence (sponsored by Darling Insurance, presented in memory of Mary Barrow) recognizes a not-for-profit organization that exemplifies excellence in service to the community and has an established reputation for innovation, strategic partnerships, effective volunteer management, successful marketing and promotions, delivering exceptional programs and services, and achieving measurable results for the betterment of the community.
Outstanding Business Achievement (sponsored by County of Peterborough) honours a business that has been a leader in moving our region forward and is deserving of the term “Outstanding Business.” It recognizes businesses which make significant strides in development as demonstrated by expanding market share, product/service innovation, environmental practices and/or employee relations.
Retailer of the Year (sponsored by Nexicom), presented in memory of Brian Holmes) honours a business that has demonstrated retail excellence (a high level of sales, a high level of customer service, innovative products or services, proven marketing techniques, environmental practices and other factors that lead to excellence).
Tourism/Hospitality (sponsored by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development) honours a business that has demonstrated the ability to promote our region as a tourism destination point, and/or provide exceptional service in the hospitality field, such as in guest services, unique regional promotions, quality of facilities, environmental practices, signage and staff knowledge of the region.
Young Professional (sponsored by Community Futures Peterborough), presented in memory of Judy Heffernan) honours a young professional under the age of 35 who demonstrates innovation, risk-taking, entrepreneurial spirit and exceptional leadership, resulting in a sustainable business with capacity for ongoing growth.
Thank you to our Social Gala Sponsor: Shorelines Casino Peterborough.