Eastern P.E.I. Chamber of Commerce to honour excellence at awards banquet

Steve Sharratt comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on February 17, 2016

GEORGETOWN - Almost a dozen businesses and individuals have been nominated for recognition at tonight's 2016 awards banquet of the Eastern P.E.I. Chamber of Commerce.

From small entrepreneur to long-time operations, the chamber is celebrating the wealth of business and community spirit in the region at the ninth annual chamber banquet at the Kings Playhouse.

“We are proud of all the nominees and entrepreneurs who are doing business in eastern P.E.I.,” says Keir White, vice-president of the chamber. “It is a demonstration of giving back to those who have worked so hard to make vibrant communities in eastern P.E.I.”

Excellence awards will be presented in the categories of business excellence, emerging business growth, pillar of the community and employee of the year.

The Business Excellence Award is sponsored by Provincial Credit Union and recognizes companies that have been operating five-plus years and have demonstrated excellence in all aspects of business relations. This year’s nominees are Dr. John Gillis Memorial Lodge, Kings County Chrysler and Aspin Kemp Associates.


The Emerging Business Growth Award honours companies that have achieved outstanding business performance in a short period of time. Nominees are The Juice Box, Birdmouse and the Inn at Bay Fortune. This award is sponsored by Grant Thornton. In addition to receiving this award, Grant Thornton will provide the winner with $500 worth of in-kind service.

The Pillar of the Community-Impact Award, sponsored by MRSB, recognizes an organization or individual that/who has made an outstanding contribution to the economic, social and cultural well-being of one or all of the communities in eastern P.E.I. This year’s nominees are Tina MacAulay, Families First, Linda MacAulay and Jimmy MacAulay.

The Employee of the Year Award is sponsored by Innovation P.E.I. and recognizes an individual nominated by his or her peers who clearly demonstrated loyalty, outstanding performance, high-quality work and an overall contribution to the workplace. This year’s nominees are Joanne McGuigan, Tina’s Cut Above and Shirley Bradley of CIBC, Montague.

“It’s exciting,” said Doug Bridges, marketing and communications for Provincial Credit Union, “Nominations in each category will have to be narrowed down to only one very deserving candidate and seeing the nominations involved, it will be a tough task for the selection committee."

Tickets for the banquet are available by calling the Eastern P.E.I. Chamber of Commerce office at 902-838-3131 or contacting Marie Lavie Walsh at marie@epeicc.ca.


And the nominees are . . .

Business Excellence Award nominees: Dr. John Gillis Memorial Lodge, Kings County Chrysler, Aspin Kemp Associates.

Emerging Business Growth Award: The Juice Box, Birdmouse, Inn at Bay Fortune.

Pillar of the Community-Impact Award: Tina MacAulay, Families First, Linda MacAulay, Jimmy MacAulay.

Employee of the Year Award: Joanne McGuigan, Tina’s Cut Above, Shirley Bradley of CIBC, Montague.