Spirit of Success 2020

Top businesses honoured in Spirit of Success event

GODERICH – FauxPop Media was named Business of the Year during the Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron Spirit of Success Awards event, which was livestreamed from FauxPop Media’s studios in Goderich on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020.

“The judges have selected a winner that they say became the go-to place for the community to find news and information since the COVID-19 pandemic began,” said Heather Boa, the Chamber’s operations manager. “How fitting, since we transformed our annual live gala into an online event this year, with a lot of help from FauxPop Media.”

Huron Chamber of Commerce board member, Nadine VandenHeuvel, presents the Huron Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award to Mark Hussey of FauxPop Media, while Mayor Goderich Grace looks on.

“FauxPop Media is extremely community-minded and has worked hard through the pandemic to ensure that non-profits can continue to raise funds, business can continue to promote their products & services, and the public can be entertained,” wrote the person who nominated FauxPop Media for the Goderich Signal-Star Community Impact Award. Judges decided that out of more than 100 nominations of businesses, individuals and events in five categories, this nomination earned the top award.

Co-owners Mark Hussey and Randall Lobb and their colleagues have helped organizations like Huron Hospice, Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation, and Huron Chamber of Commerce pivot to online fund-raising, and given voice to many other organizations and businesses looking for ways to safely reach their audience.

“If you go back in history: what was FauxPop? It was to help supplement something that was lacking in the area – regional representation in the news. We saw that social media was creating these bubbles and we were losing that regional affiliation and that community affiliation and how could we bring that back?” said Lobb. He said their plan was accelerated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chamber’s Spirit of Success event featured pre-recorded videos segments of each of the six award sponsors announcing award winners followed by on-site pre-recorded videos of the winners, at which time they learned they were award winners. Pre-recorded videos were also submitted by title co-sponsors Libro Credit Union of Goderich and Zehrs Markets of Goderich, along with host Chamber of Commerce, Huron Bruce MP Ben Lobb and Huron Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. Masters of ceremony Nadine VandenHeuvel and Goderich Mayor John Grace led the event live from the studio.

Other award winners included: Goderich Signal-Star Community Impact Award – Annie Sparling of Blyth; Downtown Goderich BIA Award – Huron Optometric Centres; MicroAge Basics Service Award – Huron BJJ; Tourism Goderich Hospitality Business Award – Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park; and Zehrs Goderich Retail Business Award – Port Albert General Store and Pub.

Final winners were selected by a panel of three judges from 102 nominations.

Libro Credit Union of Goderich and Zehrs Markets Goderich were the title co-sponsor for this gala event. Trophy sponsor was Artech Signs and Graphics. Media sponsor was FauxPop Media.

Watch the program here:

Award categories

Goderich Signal-Star Community Impact Award

Vote for your favourite event that has happened in 2020. This could be a sport event, a fundraising event, a festival ““ whatever was special. This could have been organized by a group, or an individual. Your nomination must have made a positive impact on the community.

Downtown Goderich BIA Award

This award is presented to a service or not for profit business establishment in the Downtown Goderich BIA district that enhances the quality of life and/or health and/or welfare of our community, by offering professional service in the field of financial,  health and wellness, educational or welfare assistance.

MicroAge Basics Service Award

(This award is for non-retail, non-hospitality businesses.) Demonstrates excellence in customer service leadership on a consistent basis. The business & staff go above and beyond to ensure customer satisfaction with their service/ product. Recognizes and rewards employees with positive incentives for providing excellent customer service.

Tourism Goderich Hospitality Business Award

A hospitality sector business that demonstrates excellence in customer service on a consistent basis. Community minded and supportive. Always creates a special customer experience.

Zehrs Goderich Retail Business Award

  A Retail sector business that demonstrates excellence in customer service on a consistent basis, is community-minded and supportive, and always puts the customer’s needs first.