The Strait Area Chamber of Commerce honoured its best last night. The chamber held its
Members of the Boudreau family (CH Boudreau Funeral Home, winners of Jack Hartery Memorial Lifetime Achievement in Business Award) (L-R): Chuck Boudreau, Herman Boudreau, Norma Boudreau, Kevin Boudreau (Strait Area Chamber of Commerce Photo)
annual awards gala, with C. H. Boudreau Funeral Home in Arichat taking home the prestigious Jack Hartery Memorial Lifetime Achievement in Business Award. The funeral home has been in business for more than four decades. The award, named after long-time member of the management team at the paper mill in Point Tupper was established in 2003.
The Kevin Beaton Heart of the Community Award went to Blaise MacEachern, who has dedicated many years to developing of a sustainable trail system in Inverness County. Loretta Gould received the nod for the Cultural Award of Merit, while Jeremy Murray was recognized with the Chamber’s Leadership Award bursary for NSCC students.
Allana Richardson was presented the President’s Award, recognizing her commitment to the community and the chamber.
The Strait Area Chamber of Commerce has picked its executive for the coming year. Richie Mann has been returned as President, David Hart of NuStar is Past President, Heidi MacInnis of Port Hawkesbury Paper is Vice President, Beth Groom of St. Joseph’s Credit Union is Treasurer and Diana Poirier of the ROC Centre is Secretary.
Eleven additional board members and six ex-official members were also elected.
The Strait Area business community honoured its best last night with a fall awards dinner at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. The dinner, organized by the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week.
This year’s Excellence in Business Award Winner was Les MacIntyre and Sue Phelan of Superport Marine Services. The company has grown from a small operation to one that now employs more than 100 people, with projects that now takes them across the continent.
The Rising Star New Business Award was given to B & E General Store in St. Peter’s while Learn North Incorporated of Port Hawkesbury received the honour for Export Achievement. Francis Covin of DSM Nutritional Products was named Safety Champion and Margie Beaton of the Gaelic College was honoured with the Outstanding Customer Service Award.
Club 25 honourees, recognizing businesses operating for 25 years or more included The Farmer’s Daughter, Ross Screen Print and Glad Tidings Christmas Shoppe.
The Chamber also presented a new prize, the Strait Area Ambassador Award. The first recipient is long-time Chamber member Daniel Ross, in recognition for his work in bringing motorcyclists from across the globe to experience the Cabot Trail.
The Strait Area Chamber of Commerce honoured its best last night.
The chamber held its annual dinner and awards banquet and saluted business excellence. The President and CEO of Nova Scotia Power, Karen Hutt was the guest speaker.
The President’s Award winner this year was Chris Lewis of Chris Lewis Business Solutions.
The recipient of the Culture Award was St. Peter’s Music on the Canal. The winner of the Kevin Beaton Heart of the Community Award was Margaret Poulette.
The Jack Hartery Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Brian Bona of Strait Supplies, while the Leadership Award was given to Pallab Ghosh.