Spirit of Success 2019 at White Carnation in Holmesville

The Annual Spirit of Success Awards was held 02 November 2019 at White Carnation. This page will eventually host the pictures from the event, but for now we’ll start with the Winners.

The first category for the evening was the Downtown Goderich BIA award. This year’s winner was Goderich ICEtacular for their leadership in establishing a health and welfare event that enhanced the quality of life downtown for so many years.

Next was the Goderich Signal Star Community Impact Award. The winner was the staff of Libro Credit Union Goderich for their volunteer work. The staff of Libro Credit Union in Goderich have volunteered an average of 70 hours per month to a variety of endeavours. They hold titles and memberships in a variety of organizations:

Vice President- Beta Sigma Phi ˜  Cystic Fibrosis- Chair

Inspiring Women in Huron- Chair  ˜ Member- Kinettes

Co-Chair- Huron Centennial School ˜ Treasurer- Rotaract Club

Secretary- Dungannon Ag Society ˜ Secretary- Parent Council

Family Selection Committee Member- Habitat for Humanity

Vice Chair – Parent Council ˜ Treasurer- Ladies Slo Pitch League

2 Board Members- Hunter Costello Memorial Fun-dation

The third category was for the Microage Basics Service Award.  In that category Sweet Love Eats won for their honest, rustic meals, as well as their social welfare work for hosting a warm hearts soup fundraiser that resulted in a $1200 donation to the Huron Respite network, and sponsoring numerous charities including YMCA Strong Kids, the Hunter Costello Fun-dation, Engage Goderich events and so many more.

The Huron County Small Business New Business award is always a hard competition, and usually comes down to community outreach and involvement, This year was no different as River Run Restaurant won. Not only are the running a great restaurant, with incredible views and creative food, but they are hosting a variety of events for the county and the town.

Increasingly important in years to come the TD Canada Trust Environmental Impact Award was awarded to Steve Little and Little Bowl. Leadership is key to success in any endeavour. Recognizing the future for all of us lies in the importance of a clean and green society, Steve saw the need for eliminating plastic waste and has installed a free water refill station.

This year’s winner for the Tourism Goderich Hospitality Business Award really has reinvented tourism in Huron County and our hats are off for Grace and 519 Tours

Our final regular category for the evening was the Zehrs Goderich Retail Business Award. Again it comes down to a business that is so much more than its storefront but the owner , Shelley, is community-minded, voluntarily tending to flower beds in town while working with the Communities In Bloom project and decorating the downtown Square. So we took a moment to recognize Something Irresistible.

The final two awards of the evening were the Business of the Year and the Chamber Hall of Fame Award.

The Business of the Year was chosen form the nominations received for a business, event or person which in the estimation of the judges stood out above all others. This year we were pleased to recognize The Buchanan family and Port Albert General Store.

Starting as a General Store in 2013, it is now a local produce vendor, restaurant, pub, and as of the 30th of October, an LCBO Convenience outlet.

The Chamber Hall of Fame Award was given to the organizers that brought us Bannister Park in Goderich. The Goderich Recreation Park Revitalization Committee fundraised and met the goal of opening a new and revitalized community park in 2019.  The park is open to everyone including visitors and tourists to our beautiful town.  The revitalized space has been designed as an active park for our local baseball and soccer communities, skate park enthusiasts, children, youth and families.

Thanks to everyone for coming out and participating and we will see you all next year.