Jon Perrin wins Citizen of the Year award; Diane Steven takes home Business Leader of the Year honours

By Lindsay Advocate

Jon Perrin, right, accepts the Citizen of the Year award from IG Wealth Management's Shawn Harris. Diane Steven, left, accepts her award for Business Leader of the Year from Cogeco YourTV's Johanna Hawkshaw. All photos: Rebecca Anne Bloom.

Former police officer Jon Perrin won the Citizen of the Year award last night at the 2021 Awards of Excellence held by the Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce.

Perrin and his wife, Jennifer, established a a non-profit called the Twisted Trauma Foundation, which works to improve mental health supports locally.

The former officer, who is himself a sufferer of PTSD after experiencing work-related trauma while on the force, received two standing ovations and was visibly moved by the show of support for his work.

The Business Leader of the Year award was given to Diane Steven, manager at Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre (KLSBEC). Her centre helps business start-ups by assisting with business plan development, regulations and licensing, market research, marketing, and financial and cash flow development, among other things.

Seven of the award winners last night — more than half — were former clients of Steven’s at the KLSBEC. The event was hosted by the LDCC’s Allyssa Adams.

More than 50 people were in attendance at the Chamber’s annual awards event that honours local businesses.

Other award winners:

Health and Wellness Excellence: Kawartha Care Wellness Centre.

Youth Excellence: BGC Kawarthas

Innovation Excellence: Kawartha Lakes Food Source

Customer Service Excellence: Fresh Fuell and North Ward Coffee Co.

Tourism Excellence: Days Inn and Suites, Lindsay

Employer of the Year: Pinchin Ltd.

Arts and Culture Excellence: Kawartha Art Gallery

Marketing Excellence: Matty G Digital

Media Excellence: The Lindsay Advocate

New Business of the Year: Browning Reptiles

Not-for-Profit Excellence: Kawartha Lakes Food Source

Agricultural Excellence: Mariposa Woolen Mill

Diversity and Inclusion Excellence: Kawartha Lakes Family Health Care Team

–More to come

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