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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Meaford Community Award Winners

Meaford | by Matt Hermiz  

Individuals, businesses recognized in 20th Annual Awards Banquet

A number of outstanding community contributors in Meaford were recognized at the Meaford Chamber of Commerce's 20th Annual Community Awards Banquet Saturday evening.

Individuals, businesses and other organizations received accolades in 10 award categories.

Verla Cramp-White and Marj Keenan were named co-winners of the Rotary Club Citizen of the Year Award for their tireless volunteer work.

The Rotary Youth Citizen of the Year was Danielle Kane, with event organizers saying Kane had taken on a number of volunteer initiatives making a positive impact in the Meaford community.

Shannon-Lee Wilkie was given the Peter Francis Memorial Award. It is a lifetime achievement recognition that goes to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary volunteer leadership over a number of years and made a significant contribution to community development in Meaford.

Henry Reinders was named Farmer of the Year for his betterment of agriculture and rural living.

While the Knights of Meaford hockey team received a Special Merit Award for its efforts that have enhanced the quality of life within the Meaford community.

For business awards, Knight's Home Building Centre was named the Most Improved Business for an expansion that helped make the community more attractive.

Meantime, the Business Owners of the Year were Sean and Michelle Crooks of the Leeky Canoe. Organizers say the Crooks won the award for dedication to the betterment of the community, good citizenship and sound employee relations.

Other businesses accolades include:

-The Agribusiness Award went to Coffin Ridge, Grey County's first winery.
-Sarah Sedore of Razor It Up won the Customer Service Award.
-Ride on Bikes captured the Tourism Award.

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