Drum roll, please. Here are the 2021 Spirit of Success Award winners
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.
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:
Masters of ceremonies Nadine VandenHeuvel, a board member and owner 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.
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.
Nov. 18, 2021 – Award winners have now been selected by a panel of three judges! Judges also selected the top business from all nominations to be named the Huron Chamber Business of the Year.
Winners will be announced during a Facebook Live event on Thursday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at www.facebook.com/huronchamber with hosts Nadine VandenHeuvel of Goderich Fit Body Boot Camp and Jeff Bauer of Homefield Group, Royal LePage Heartland. VandenHeuvel is also on the board of directors of the Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron and she is Chair of the Spirit of Success Committee.
Nominations include: Cowbell Brewing Co.; 360 Bikes ‘N Boards; Back Alley Art Extravaganza, Bayfield Berry Farm, Becky Deighton of Edward Jones; BYOB Zero Waste Depot, Chuck’s Roadhouse; CKNX Hometown Heroes; Coastal Coffee Roastery; COPA Flight 45; Ethan Hamilton of Hamilton Decks & Fences; Firmly Rooted; Giant Tiger; Goderich Toyota; Green Goderich Tree Planting Initiative; Happy Computers; Huron BJJ, Huron County Historical Society’s Reflections: The Life and Work of J. W. (Jack) McLaren project; Huron County Library – Goderich Branch; Knotty Girls; Libro Credit Union – Goderich Branch; Maple and Moose of Blyth; McGee Motors, Miss Jones Cannabis Goderich Outpost; Race Huron; Robinson’s Maple Products; Sarah Garrity of Huron BJJ; Schaefer’s Ladies Wear & Lingerie; Something Irresistible; Sydney Pollock of Blake Street Bakery; Tasting Huron County; The Huron County Christmas Store of Clinton; The Red Door (Tummies, Tots and Teens), Thyme on 21; Tribute Studios; United Way Perth Huron’s Out of the Cold Goderich event; V Sandwiches; Victim Services Huron County; West Street Willy’s Eatery; and Wuerth’s Shoes Goderich.
The event gives the community the opportunity to nominate leading businesses that provide stellar service, individuals who provide leadership in the business community, and other criteria of excellence are outlined in the nine sponsored award categories: Compass Minerals Environmental and Sustainability Award, Downtown Goderich BIA Award, Goderich Signal Star Community Impact Award, John C. Grace Young Entrepreneur Award, K2 Wind Ontario Technology/Manufacturing Award, MicroAge Basics Service Award, Small Business Enterprise Centre New Business Award, Tourism Goderich Hospitality Business Award, and Zehrs Goderich Retail Business Award.
This event is co-sponsored by Libro Credit Union and Zehrs Goderich. Awards are sponsored by Artech Signs and Graphics. Production sponsor in FauxPop Media.
Compass Minerals Environmental and Sustainability Award
This award category praises the accomplishments made by implementing sustainability measures. It seeks to shine a light on the organization’s efforts to preserve our planet.
Awarded to a business or organization that has:
- Been in operation for a minimum of two consecutive years
- Made an outstanding commitment to sustainable development
- Self-initiated environmental actions and programs beyond legislative requirements
- Found energy or waste efficiencies
- Provided environmental stewardship, education, or innovation in the past year
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.
Goderich Signal Star Community Impact Award
Vote for your favourite event that has happened in 2021. 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.
John C. Grace Young Entrepreneur Award
An entrepreneur aged 30 or younger, who owns or manages a business or manages staff, and has been successful in meeting goals and objectives of the business, and have earned the respect of peers and employees with their management skills, have received a nomination.
K2 Wind Ontario Technology/Manufacturing Award
Awarded to a business or organization that has improved performance, increased customer/client satisfaction, or enhanced public awareness through the use of innovative products, processes or communication technologies.
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.
Small Business Enterprise Centre New Business Award
New Business to the area that opened within the last 18 months and in operation for minimum of six months, that:
Provides excellent customer service;
Provides support and training to staff & employees; and
Is community-minded and supportive.
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.
Huron Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award
This award is given to the top overall business from all categories. Rather than being nominated by the public, it is chosen by the judges during a review of nominations.