Over 300 packed hall to salute top businesses and people in township

The Farmer’s Daughters provided directions with just the right amount of twang in their voices as they steered guests to the Centre Wellington Chamber of Com­merce’s ninth annual Awards of Excellence celebration ban­quet.

Visitors passed a lively group of square dancers on their way.

Some guests wore stylish evening wear, and oth­ers wore stylish theme cloth­ing, with the theme being a salute to agriculture with Centre Wellington – Out­standing in Our Field. That meant straw hats, coveralls, and farm boots for many.

There were videos of the winners as they made their way to the stage for their awards.

John Wheatley was saluted at the Centre Wellington Citi­zen of the Year.

Amanda Shore was named the Youth Citizen of the Year.

The Elora Centre for the Arts won the Cultural Arts award of merit for promotion of the arts in the community.

Coneybeare Honey was named the Agricultural/Agri Business of the Year.

There were several busi­nes­ses honoured for their longe­vity.

The 40 year old businesses that were presented awards in­cluded Gibson’s Welding, Lloyd Scott Enterprises, Shop­pers Drug Mart, Fergus, Harr­croft Acres Ltd., Centre Well­ington Welcome Wagon, and Zehr’s.

Those businesses presented with the 25 year award in­clud­ed Bert’s Service Centre, Gorge Kar­ate Dojo, and Hilltop Vari­ety.

The Wellington Advertiser won the Large Business of the Year for businesses with over 15 employees.

Frabert’s Fresh Food won for the Small Business of the Year.

Elora Racquets and Fitness won the Customer Service Ex­cellence award, and owner Jake Doering had hardly returned from having his picture taken for that when he was called to accept the Corporate Citizen of  the Year award.

Scotia Bank won the Com­munity Award of Merit for all of its work on causes in the community.

The Elora Environment Cen­­tre received the Environ­mental Excellence award.

Wellington North Tire was named the recipient of the Business Beautification award.

Drew House and Roget Du­fau won the Tourism Impact award.

Imke Hanscomb, who has been running her own design, fabrication and retail outlet for her fashions since she was 15, was named the Youth Entre­preneur of the Year.

The Fergus Curling Club is celebrating its 175th anni­ver­sary, and it received the Sports Achievement award.

Finally, Michael Weinstein presented the President’s award to figure skating coach Sue Hosking.