The evening allows the Chamber to celebrate the spirit of business in the local community. Info from the website says “Ten unique awards highlighting excellence in the areas of local business, community involvement and youth enrichment are presented. Named after instrumental Chamber founder Ruby Quaker, the awards are a commemoration of excellence in local business and community involvement.”
Here is a list of the 2015 Ruby winners:
Mary Anne Christoff Community Service Award, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Welland: Don Thorpe.
Employee of the Year / Excellence in Service Award, sponsored by Young’s Insurance Brokers Inc.: Shawn Raimondo of Hunters Point Golf Course.
Venture Niagara Women in Business Award: Samantha Campbell of Ella Bella Bum Inc.
RBC Financial Group Business Initiative Award, sponsored by the RBC Financial Group: Rick O’Neil – Ella Bella Bum Inc.
RBC Financial Group Small Business Award, sponsored by the RBC Financial Group: Enviro-Niagara Heating & Air Conditioning.
Greening Niagara, Eco Action Award of Excellence, sponsored by GREENING Niagara: Habitat for Humanity Niagara Fonthill Restore.
Age Friendly Community Business Award, sponsored by Plymouth Cordage Retirement Community: Vermeer’s Garden Centre.
Youth Citizen of the Year Award, sponsored by Indexable Cutting Tools of Canada Ltd.: Vritti Patel of Eastdale Secondary School.
Business of the Year: Ella Bella Bum Inc.
Stuart Cumming Memorial Award of Merit for outstanding service and contribution to the Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce: Durward Jones, Barkwell and Company.