The Nipawin business community recognized the industry’s best Friday night at the Nipawin Achievement in Business Excellence Awards
The Chamber of Commerce created the annual president’s dinner in 2004 to acknowledge the accomplishments of local entrepreneurs. The retail award is one of four categories on the night, in which Family Bakery was the winner.
Cris Walker and her husband Albert recently celebrated their third year of ownership of the business. She said it was gratifying to receive the award.
“I’m really overwhelmed and really excited. It’s been a crazy ride since taking over,” Walker said.
The Walker’s took over ownership of the bakery from the Stoicescu brothers. Walker spent 20 years in social work before transferring to business ownership and said the Chamber is integral in their success.
“The whole business side has been totally new, but the Chamber has been a great support,” she said.
Youzwa Farms Inc. was honoured with the agriculture award and Murray Dunn GM received the service award. The Nipawin Bank of Montreal branch was named the winner in the heritage category. Various non-categorized exploits were identified with recognition certificates. New businesses fell into this portion of the program.
The 2018 Chamber board was sworn in during the event. Twelve board members make up the executive wing. Marlon Zacharias will take over the presidency from Mark Knox. Zacharias said the organization is optimistic for 2018.
“It’s always a learning experience but we have a great board that’s going to be able to work together and bring new things to the Chamber in the next year,” he said.
MLA Fred Bradshaw addressed the crowd alongside Nipawin mayor Rennie Harper. Comedian Jody Peters provided plenty of laughs with his performance.
Overall Zacharias said the gala was well received.
“We had a lot of local support, lots of businesses were able to come out, there was interaction and having a good time. We had a good laugh, it was a lot of fun for everybody."
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