Chamber’s ‘OBAA’ awards presented

Select few companies, individuals are lauded at annual event

John and Maxine Zekveld of Zekveld's Garden Market won the Agri-Business Award at Friday's Outstanding Business Achievement Awards event.
John and Maxine Zekveld of Zekveld's Garden Market won the Agri-Business Award at Friday's Outstanding Business Achievement Awards event.

A select group of individuals and companies were among those presented with a Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Award at the Imperial Theatre Friday night.

At least 450 guests were present at the event, which annually celebrates Sarnia-Lambton businesses for the vital role they play in the success of the community.

Those nominated and ultimately selected for an award are considered among the elite in the business community.

“Sarnia-Lambton has some very innovative organizations that are really progressive in terms of the work they do to bring prosperity to a region,” said Chamber CEO Shirley de Silva. “Celebrating the work and highlighting best practices raises the bar for everyone.”

To become a nominee, businesses had to be nominated for an award, accept the nomination and – finally – prepare a submission showing they met the criteria. Submissions were then judged by a panel based on a weighted criteria.

Videos of the presentations are available by contacting David Burrows at (519) 490-4617
or e-mail at

The nominees (and winners) in each category included:

Employee Relations Award

  • Huron House Boys’ Home
  • John Duff Ltd. (winner)
  • Marriott World Wide Reservations

Young Entrepreneur Award

  • East Side Mario’s
  • Handmade For You Love Lu
  • Kaoss Studios
  • Piquette Frozen Meals
  • Cat Cabajart—The Painted Cat (winner)
  • Woodwork by J

Business Leadership Award

  • Mainstreet Credit Union—Charles Fisher
  • Exit Realty—Julie Jenkins
  • East Side Mario’s—Brie Leacock
  • Bluewater Power—Janice McMichael-Dennis (winner)
  • Industratech—Wayne Skinner and Amanda Da Silva

Innovation Award

  • Brooke Telecom
  • Lambton College (winner)
  • Oil Museum of Canada

Marketing & Promotions Award

  • Dragonfly Media
  • Egg Farmers of Ontario Zone 1
  • Esby and Soph Kids Concepts (winner)
  • Royal LePage Key Realty—Lisa Aubin
  • The Inn of the Good Shepherd
  • The Show—David Burrows
  • Tourism Sarnia-Lambton
  • The Town of Petrolia

Health, Safety & Environment Award

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Suncor
  • Terrapure Environmental Sarnia Facility (winner)

Social Profit of the Year Award

  • Oil Heritage District Community Centre
  • Women’s Interval Home (winner)

Customer Service (Individual) Award

  • Royal LePage Key Realty—Lisa Aubin
  • McCormack Funeral Home—Cameron McCormack (winner)
  • The Co-operators—Shawn Antle
  • Libro—Susan Roddy
  • Sew Retro—Nicole D’Aoust
  • TD Canada Trust—Leanne Snider
  • Tepperman’s—Meagan Sauve
  • The Sarnia Journal—Paul Brown

Outstanding Customer Service Award (Small)

  • Brian Davis Jewellers
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • Centrepoint IDA Pharmacy (winner)
  • McKenzie Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre
  • Mobil 1 Lube Express
  • The Fox & Hound Canine Retreat

Outstanding Customer Service Award (Large)

  • Lambton Ford
  • Libro Credit Union (winner)
  • ScotiaBank

Member of the Year

  • Eve Morgan, Blackburn Radio (winner)
  • Laurissa Ellsworth, Town of Petrolia

Large Business of the Year

  • Anderson-Webb Ltd. (winner)
  • Bluewater Power
  • Lambton Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Tepperman’s

Small Business of the Year

  • Altered Elegance Alterations
  • Body Moves Sport Apparel Inc.
  • Burchill Financial Services (winner)
  • The Cheese Store
  • Holland Cleaning Solutions Ltd.
  • The Sarnia Journal

Inclusivity Award

  • City of Sarnia
  • SS Greenhouses (winner)
  • Community Living Sarnia Lambton—Job Start

Agri-Business Award

  • Alton Farms Estate Winery
  • Field Farms Marketing
  • Forest Agri-Services
  • Windover Nurseries
  • Zekveld’s Garden Market (winner)

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