Community involvement

Looking back on past issues of Business Leader (our quarterly business magazine) and talking to different business owners, I’ve heard time and again that the weeks after Christmas are a little slower so business owners tend to reassess their stock, make changes for the year to come, or take a well-deserved vacation. 

Maybe it’s a sign that spring really is on its way that I heard about a business going above and beyond to improve the lives of children throughout Wellington County. 

The Upper Grand District School Board is implementing a new wheelchair basketball program next year and Andy Speers, the teacher responsible for developing the program, asked if the Advertiser could help get the word out. 

He was looking for businesses and organizations to sponsor a wheelchair. He needed 16. 

Before I could even write the story, Speers had made a few calls himself and Bob and Lynn Cameron, owners of Heritage River Retirement Residence in Elora, committed to sponsoring all 16 chairs at a total cost of $18,000. Talk about a commitment to the community and development of youth. 

For the full story on the Patrick Anderson Wheelchair Basketball Program, check out the story on pages 1 and 27 of our print edition of the Advertiser, or online on the Advertiser website.

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Know a business, organization or person who is doing great things in the Minto community? If so, check out the Minto Chamber of Commerce Community Achievement Awards at to make a nomination. 

The 10th annual dinner will take place on April 25 at the Harriston Legion. Tickets are available at

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It looks like a good year for north Wellington businesses, with a number of milestone anniversaries, new businesses and relocations. 

Lloyd Scott Enterprises Ltd. in Alma is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The business helps clients with home renovation projects, from aluminum siding and new windows and door, to custom kitchen cabinetry. Located at 46 Peel St. in Alma, Lloyd Scott Enterprises Ltd. is rooted in Wellington County. To contact the business visit or call 519-846-5871.

Askett’s Appliance Centre, at 222 Main Street West in Palmerston, is celebrating its 50th anniversary as well. To contact owner Keith Askett call 510-343-3512 or stop by the store. 

Northern Lights Pool and Spa is located at 258 Main Street South in Mount Forest. The business, owned by Paul and Rachel Hiempel, offers outdoor living products and services. For more information call 519-509-2809.

Also in Mount Forest, Dufferin Mutual Insurance Company has recently relocated to 258 Main Street South. For more information contact Sandy or Michelle at 519-323-1420.

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