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2021 Spirit of Success Award winners celebrated in ceremony

Nov. 25, 2021 – GODERICH – Ten award winners were celebrated in the Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron’s virtual 2021 Spirit of Success Awards event tonight.

Pauline Wick of West Street Willy’s Eatery, Goderich, reacts when she hears they were named Huron Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year during the 2021 Spirit of Success Awards event.

The Huron Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award, the top award chosen from nearly 50 nominations, went to West Street Willy’s Eatery.

“Our judges look for overall excellence in the business that shines the most out of all the nominees. This year, they were unanimous in their choice of West Street Willy’s Eatery, which they see as an integral part of the community, especially during the challenges of COVID-19,” said Jennifer Verdam-Woodward, Chair of the Huron Chamber of Commerce, in announcing the winner.

“This business has served amazing food indoors, outdoors and from a food truck over the past 16 years. It gives back to the community, participating in local events, and supporting fund-raisers and charities.”

The restaurant is owned by Pauline and Pete Wick.

“That’s very humbling. Very flattering,” said Pauline, in accepting the award.

She recognized her staff for the success.

“You’re only as good as the people behind you. I can’t thank them enough.”

Other award winners were:

Compass Minerals Environmental and Sustainability Award – Green Goderich Tree Planting Initiative;

Goderich Signal Star Community Impact Award – Back Alley Art Extravaganza, of Clinton;

John C. Grace Young Entrepreneur Award – Ethan Hamilton of Hamilton Decks and Fences, Goderich;

Downtown Goderich BIA Award – Becky Deighton of Edward Jones, Goderich;

Small Business Enterprise Centre New Business Award – BYOB Zero Waste Depot, Goderich;

MicroAge Basics Service Award – Huron County Library – Goderich Branch;

K2 Wind Ontario Technology / Manufacturing Award – Something Irresistible, Goderich;

Tourism Goderich Hospitality Business Award – West Street Willy’s Eatery, Goderich, and;

Zehrs Goderich Retail Business Award – 360 Bikes and Boards, Goderich.

Masters of ceremonies Nadine VandenHeuvel, a board member and owners of NV Fitness and Fit Body Bootcamp, and Jeff Bauer, who is a broker at HomeField Group – Royal LePage Heartland Realty, led the audience through a program that included greetings from Huron Bruce MP Ben Lobb, Huron Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, the event sponsors, award sponsors and winners.

“The Chamber thanks everyone who took the time to submit a nomination. A common sentiment throughout the event was the thanks felt by those businesses that someone recognized their hard work,” said Heather Boa, who is operations manager of the Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron.

The video may be viewed on facebook.com/huronchamber or huronchamber.ca/spirit-of-success-2021

This event is co-sponsored by Libro Credit Union and Zehrs Goderich. Awards are sponsored by Artech Signs and Graphics. Production sponsor is FauxPop Media.

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