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