Lindsay Advocate wins New Business of the Year award

By Lindsay Advocate

L to R: Chris Wizowski of Kawartha Lakes This Week (award sponsor), Joli Scheidler-Benns and Roderick Benns of The Lindsay Advocate.

The Lindsay Advocate has been named New Business of the Year by the Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce at the 2019 Evening of Excellence event.

The Advocate was presented with the honour at the Lakeview Arts Barn — the second award for the Advocate in the past year, after winning an Innovation Award through the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation earlier.

The Chamber, partnering with Cogeco, recognized local individuals, groups and businesses that gathered to recognize those among them who go above and beyond to provide innovative products or services, develop exceptional new practices and improve the community for all.

President of the Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce, Bob Armstrong, congratulated all the recipients and nominees and thanks Lakeview Arts Barn for hosting the marquee event again this year.

“What a terrific and exciting evening celebrating our local businesses hard work, entrepreneurship, and success strengthening the life of our community,” Armstrong said.

Throughout the awards presentation portion of the evening, the winners awarded Excellence Awards were: Marketing Excellence Award: Kawartha Care Wellness Centre, Health & Wellness Excellence Award: Integrated Care Pharmacy, Youth Excellence Award: BTW Electronic Parts, Innovation Excellence Award: PKA SoftTouch Inc., Customer Service Excellence Award: Fresh FueLL, Design Excellence Award: Horizons Family Dentistry, Employer of the Year Award: Wards Lawyers, New Business of The Year Award: The Lindsay Advocate, Not-for-profit Excellence Award: Soroptimist International of Kawartha Lakes. 

The highest honours went to Don Brown, and Claus Reuter, who were named Business Leader of the Year and Citizen of the Year, respectively.

Comedian Denis Grignon acted as master of ceremonies for the night, introducing award presenters and entertaining the crowd with smart humour and banter. He took the time to really connect with the audience prior to the awards ceremony incorporating what he learned into his routine. During the award presentations, he thanked everyone present, mentioned how proud he was to live in Kawartha Lakes and honoured to be part of this evening celebrating the businesses, organizations and individuals that make our community great.

The Evening of Excellence is presented annually by the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce & Cogeco, with support from multiple local sponsors: Marketing Excellence Award – 91.9 Bob FM, Health And Wellness Excellence Award – RBC, Youth Excellence Award – RBC, Innovation Excellence Award – KLCFDC, Customer Service Excellence Award – CIBC, Design Excellence Award – LDCC, Employer of the Year Award – COGECO, New Business of The Year Award, – Kawartha Lakes This Weeks, Not-for-profit Excellence Award – LDCC, Business Leader of the Year – COGECO, Citizen of the Year – Homestead Oxygen & Medical Equipment.

For the 2020 Evening of Excellence the Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce will open nominations immediately and accept them until February 28th, 2020.

“We feel this will give us more time to encourage people to nominate the fantastic businesses in our community,” says Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Colleen Collins, “With an 8 month window it is our hope that we can recognize deserving businesses that normally would not be brought forward.”

If you know of any businesses, not-for-profit organizations or individuals who represent exemplary customer service, show great leadership or who are doing wonderful things in our community please don’t hesitate to contact the Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce at 705-324-2392 or visit to nominate.

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