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2018 Free Enterprise Awards

Chamber Names 2018 Free Enterprise Winners

Success in business and community service will be celebrated as the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce presents five Free Enterprise awards on Wednesday May 9. Details in words and pictures will be presented to everyone attending at the Free Enterprise Awards Reception at St. Anne's Centre in St. Thomas.

The Chamber's Awards & Recognition Committee, chaired by Immediate Past Chair Robert Furneaux (Managing Director - Gorman-Rupp Canada), completed the annual process of reviewing nominations and has elected to present one Free Enterprise Master Award and three Free Enterprise Awards of Merit. The fifth award, to recognize service and contributions that have bettered the Chamber, will be presented by the Chair of our 2018 Board of Directors, Ray Bosveld (Insurance/Investment – HollisWealth).

2018 Chair's Award

Chamber Board of Directors Chair Ray Bosveld has chosen to recognize a long-term supporter and Chamber volunteer, Monty Fordham, for his work and service to better the Chamber. Monty marks 40 years as a lawyer this month. This June he will mark 20 years of writing and contributing a monthly column called Legal Business published in the Chamber's Business Beat via print and electronic media. Monty has also completed a term of service on the Chamber's Board of Directors.

2018 Free Enterprise Awards of Merit

A maximum of three of these annual awards may be presented in any year. The Merit awards recognize recent or short-term success and achievements.

Elgin Chrysler Jeep Dodge – this St. Thomas sales and service business is an award-winner in the auto industry and the Chamber is proud to acknowledge their success at the community level.

Libro Credit Union – Libro's St. Thomas site at 1073 Talbot is an award-winning building themed in support of St. Thomas as The Railway City. This award reflects Libro's exceptional success boosting community pride, supporting multiple community initiatives and providing financial services focused on personal service.

Warren Silverthorn – As the operator of Fixed Right Automotive Inc., Warren has been active in the business community and in many aspects of community service since he and his wife, Sandra, opened in 1996.

2018 Free Enterprise Master Award

Recognizing long-term business and community success, the Free Enterprise Master Award is the top honour in recognition of exceptional success and service.

Dowler - Karn Limited – From humble beginnings in 1943, this company has grown from a small family business to a mid-sized regional industry leader. Operating multiple locations across southern Ontario, Dowler-Karn remains based in St. Thomas, has grown to employ over 170 people, and delivers over 300 million litres of fuel, propane and lubricants each year.

The 2018 Free Enterprise Awards Reception will be held at St. Anne's Centre on Morrison Drive. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a social mixer start at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 9. The award presentations begin at 6:15 p.m.

In addition to our Award presentations, the Chamber will recognize two former members of our Board of Directors who completed terms of service with us at December 31, 2017. Dan Kelly and Tara McCaulley will be thanked with the Chamber making donations in their names to charities or community causes each one has chosen.

For event tickets, please contact the Chamber office at 519-631-1981. Tickets are advance sale only and available until Monday May 7.

The Chamber's Awards and Recognition Committee had considerable challenges in evaluating several excellent nominations this year. Several that won't be named this year have been deferred for consideration again in 2019.

For additional information contact:

Bob Hammersley
President & CEO
St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce
519-631-1981 Extension 524

Last Updated: Monday, 09 April 2018 13:39:00 PM EST

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