Business Awards 2019
by Suzanne Gammon
West Nipissing’s business community came out to celebrate its successes on Saturday, May 4, as the WN Chamber of Commerce hosted its fifth bi-annuel Business Excellence Awards at the Sturgeon Falls Complex. Approximately 165 people gathered for a gourmet dinner, awards presentations and dance, cheering on winners in 12 categories including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award.
The big winner was Leisure Farms, with owners Michel and Diane Deschatelets collecting the top prize as well as the Agricultural Award. Michel Deschatelets spoke briefly about the business’ evolution as a top berry grower and agri-tourism enterprise. He credited his son Mitch, who has been managing the business for the past few years, and added their success was the result of many people working hard over the years.
Another double winner was Twiggs Coffee Roasters, whose owners Kim and Adam Royer took home the Outstanding Business (6 to 10 employees) title and the Tourism award.
Nods were given to some non-profit groups as well, including the WN Food Bank who took the Non-Profit award; the Conseil des arts de Nipissing Ouest (CANO), who won the Outstanding Micro-Business (1 to 5 employees) title; and the Sturgeon Falls Beautification Group, whose leader Gayle Primeau accepted the Beautification award.
Diane Deschatelets holds the Lifetime Achievement Award while her husband, Michel Deschatelets, says a few words at the WN Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards on May 4. Their business, Leisure Farms, received both this and the Agricultural award.
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