A big thank you to the 2015 Business Excellence Awards Partners:
Business of the Year: This category recognizes overall excellence in business. Considerations include growth & innovation, stability & resilience, support for community events & groups, high quality customer service, and commitment to the betterment & welfare of employees.
Finalist: Caldwell Roach Insurance
Caldwell Roach Insurance was founded by Ron Roach and Ken Caldwell in 1965. Since then they have been providing comprehensive insurance products and services to people and businesses in Nova Scotia and beyond. When asked what being local means, they say it means being accessible and involved in the communities they serve. With two office locations and 35 employees, you can also find them in the community supporting many local organizations and events.
Award Recipient: Elmsdale Vision Centre
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Elmsdale Vision Centre has been serving the community of East Hants for almost thirty years. A dedicated focus to providing world class eye care in a compassionate and caring environment has resulted in tremendous growth over the past few years. Today the thriving practice is comprised of six optometrists and a friendly and knowledgeable staff of 11 individuals, all working as a dedicated eye care team in a beautiful 2500 square foot location.
They are proud to provide high quality eye health care for the citizens of East Hants with state-of-the-art medical care and technology in diagnosing and treating eye problems, along with providing the highest quality eye care products.
Finalist: The Weekly Press
This business is more than just a paper, they have a great presence on social media and they are genuinely interested in our community. The Weekly Press has been bringing the best in news, sports, and features that affect the Corridor and the Noel Shore for almost 30 years. This year, recognizing the need to reach more readers, The Weekly Press has gone through a total re- design and re-launched into a free publication that now reaches more than 10,000 households in East Hants.
Business Person of the Year: This category recognizes an individual who has shown outstanding ability to manage and grow his or her business. Considerations include strong leadership, forward thinking, and commitment to the betterment of community & employees.
Award Recipient: David Caswell – Enfield PharmaChoice
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As the owner / operator of an independent pharmacy, David, and the staff at Enfield PharmaChoice, work together to provide personal and professional counseling on illness and medication management. From flu shots to vaccination services, from mastectomy and compression therapy fitters to Ostomy supplies and Home Health Care solutions, David and his staff continue to train and source products to provide the best advise possible.
David stands apart by his willingness to take time to talk to everyone, not only to get to know them better but to quickly assess and understand if they have needs to be addressed. With his connections to the community, he can provide guidance and advice for individuals and family members that may require a second medical opinion or outside support. David’s commitment to the community is evident in how he contributes as a certified diabetes educator, work with the local Lions Club, employs local staff and sponsors local events.
Finalist: Leslie Wilber-Campbell – Strides Health & Fitness / Strides Wellness Spa
Coming from an entrepreneurial family, Leslie always had the interest and determination to own her own business. An accomplished dancer and dance instructor and later a Registered Massage Therapist, Nutrition Consultant, Personal Training Specialist and Medical Laser Technician, she recognized that a high standard health and fitness facility was missing in East Hants. A business plan was set in motion in her early 20’s and by September 2006 at the age of 26, Strides Health & Fitness Club was established.
In April of 2011, a serious fire put Strides and all businesses within the building out of business for nearly 6 months. Leslie saw the positive side of this set back and decided to improve Strides structurally during the rebuild and with her resilience and help from the Strides team and the community, the club quickly reached its membership capacity. By 2013, an expansion to double the size of the building and company had begun. In June 2014, another of Leslie’s visions became a reality with the opening of Strides Spa and Wellness Centre. To date, Strides employs 31 members of the East Hants community and membership continues to grow.
Finalist: Mike Coady – Hellbound Custom Cycles
Mike received his Engineering Degree from Dalhousie University in 2004, and soon joined the Canadian Navy as a Combat Systems Engineer. As a Naval Officer, Mike pursued his hobby of bike mechanics and customization, on a small scale, with dreams of owning his own shop. In 2014, that dream was realized when Mike took the leap. July of that year marked the opening of Hellbound Custom Cycles. Mike’s first build was an award winning Chopper, Fallen Angel. This show-stopper took home Biker Bash 2011 People’s Choice, Judge’s Choice, Top Custom, Dutch Mason’s People Choice, 2011 Moto Moncton First Place Custom, 2012 Cape Breton Bikefest Best Custom, Best Overall, and Biker TV Best Custom, Best Overall. His newest creation, Death Metal, is a hard core Bobber with lots of glitter and grease! This unique skill set, award winning ability, and support of his family, has resulted in a strong and loyal client base, expanded hours and two recent hires! Onward and Upward!
Community Booster of the Year: This category recognizes a business or organization that is a strong supporter of East Hants & Districts and the area’s many community organizations, sports groups, festivals and events. Considerations include enthusiastic promotion of community projects & donations of products or services to community events. Non-profit organizations are eligible.
Finalist: Corridor Community Options for Adults (CCOA)/Corridor Community Options Society(CCOS)
Corridor Community Options Society is a non-profit, registered charitable organization that has operated in this community for many years. Our mission is to support adults living with intellectual disabilities by providing safe, comforting, and trusting environments that foster personal growth, and provide community integration. The Society operates both residential and vocational support programs. Lantz Residential Programs operates three homes in the area that provide residential supports for 14 individuals with a professional staff team of over 30 members. Corridor Community Options for Adults provides supported employment opportunities, training, education, job coaching services, and specialized day programs. CCOA currently supports 31 people with a staff team of 15 members and several dedicated volunteers. We operate a variety of social enterprises that help to sustain our programs. After a five year fund raising effort, we have recently installed an authentic Snoezelen Room that is used to foster personal growth through education, relaxation and sensory input.
Finalist: East Hants Community Learning Association/ East Hants Community Rider
The East Hants Community Learning Association (EHCLA) believes in a strong and connected community and through individualized programming, they are opening the doors to education and transportation, helping to create a more prosperous, and proud community. EHCLA has dedicated teachers and offering welcoming classrooms. EHCLA also provides programming to the EHFRC; but EHCLA doesn’t stop there. When EHCLA saw that transportation was a barrier to adult learning, this community-focused organization set up Community Rider (EHCR). Not only do they provide transportation to adult learners, but they transport East Hants residents to appointments here in East Hants, or anywhere in the Province, provide drives for children to go to preschool and after school events, transport for people to run errands and participate in community events. EHCLA and EHCR host many community events and are dedicated to providing everyone with the ability to be fully engaged and included in our communities.
Award Recipient: Leno’s Stop Shop
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“Leno” is a house-hold name in the East Hants area. He is known for having the most convenient-convenience store around located on the corner of Highway 2 and 214. Not only is Leno a keen businessman, he is known for his kind-heart, generosity and commitment to East Hants, which he frequently states is “the best place in the world”. Originally from Lebanon, Leno moved to Canada in 1990, found East Hants in 1992, and knew it was the right place for him.
Outstanding Customer Service Award: This category recognizes an individual who has shown consistent, outstanding, ‘above and beyond’ customer service to customers. Considerations include an employee`s commitment to being accessible, courteous, helpful, knowledgeable & responsive. Business owners are not eligible in this category.
Finalist: Carla Ashley
As the Manager of Strides Health & Fitness Club, Carla comes from a family of entrepreneurs and has always understood the importance of customer service. She began her career in banking, completing her Mutual Funds license and Canadian Securities course for positions in Trade Finance and Private Banking. She left banking to stay home with her three children. She joined Strides in 2006 working nights as she missed the client interaction. To further her knowledge in the fitness industry she became a Certified Resistance Trainer and in 2009, gladly accepted the promotion as Strides, Club Manager. Carla enjoys being physically active with a passion for running. “I am inspired by those around me. I find great pleasure and excitement in seeing people reach their goals.”
Award Recipient: Troy Blair
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Troy has been in the financial services industry for over 16 years, holding positions outside finance in human resource consulting. While in his role at the Elmsdale Scotiabank branch, he was a Small Business Advisor and helped many local businesses with all their banking needs. Troy has recently taken on another position within Scotiabank, where he will continue to share his knack for building great client relationships and providing the best possible customer service. “The best part of my day used to be listening to the passion each of my clients shared for their business. My goal was always to try and provide my clients the best advice, and hopefully help bring their passions to life through our financial solutions.”
Rising Star Award: This category recognizes a business on its way up, having been in operation for 8 years or less, with early success due to a driving entrepreneurial spirit. Considerations include growth since inception, vision & innovation, and continued great promise for the years ahead.
Finalist: Geri’s Hair Design Studio
Geri’s Hair Design Studio was conceived in December of 2013. In June 2014 they moved into the MacMillan Center to become part of the Strides Spa and Wellness. The Studio is a full service hair salon dedicated to consistently providing high customer satisfaction with excellent service and quality products. Their clients can enjoy a trendy, upscale atmosphere at an acceptable price/value relationship.
Geri’s Hair Design Studio is a sole proprietorship owned by Geri Noseworthy. Geri has 12 years’ experience in the hairstyling industry and is the driving force behind the Studio. With previous experience in management and financial institutions; she provides a solid background for success.
Award Recipient: K & A Taxi
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A family owned and run company; K & A Taxi began operations in March 2014 and is now the largest taxi company in East Hants. It was opened due to a large public demand for a 24/7 taxi service in our growing community, and started with two mini vans. They have since added a full size car and a wheelchair accessible van to serve the local community. They accept bookings for any time of day, for any size group and in vehicles that are smoke free, GPS tracked and have camera monitoring systems.
Finalist: Terri-Lynn Warren Photography
Terri-Lynn Warren Photography was registered in 2011, but Terri-Lynn’s passion for capturing moments in time started much earlier as she photographed everyday life as a child. Now, as a professional wedding, family and portrait photographer based in her hometown of Enfield, Terri-Lynn enjoys having the privilege to photograph a couple’s special day, capture a family as they grow and so much more. Her love for photography is evident in the quality images she creates and her love for working with others shines as she completes every photo session with a contagious smile. Whether you are looking for in-studio photography or on-location photo sessions, Terri-Lynn has you covered – Servicing East Hants, Halifax and beyond.
Young Entrepreneur(s) of the Year: This category recognizes a person who is 30 years or younger who has shown entrepreneurial spirit. Considerations include leadership & vision, dedication & hard work, resilience, and initiative & innovation
Finalist: Ashley Raymakers – East Coast Lice Ladies
Ashley Raymakers, the owner/operator of East Coast Lice Ladies, knows all too well about the struggles of head lice. Over the past decade, Ashley has spent countless hours “nit picking” and “cootie catching” and completed extensive research on head lice in communities and countries all over the world. Providing affordable, friendly, safe head lice screening, treatment and educational services, East Coast Lice Ladies has successfully eliminated thousands of lice and nits off of children, parents, nurses, and teachers. She teaches coping strategies, addresses misconceptions and provides compassion to families all in hopes of turning what may start as a negative experience into a positive one. East Coast Lice Ladies show up ready to find and remove lice quickly and effectively using pesticide free products and techniques that are safe and proven.
Award Recipient: Jeff Campbell – JDC Electric Inc.
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Started in 2009, Jeff Campbell and JDC Electric not only provide superior electrical services but superior customer service as well. Contracts with commercial buildings and residential homes, including new builds, renovations and upgrades, JDC employs up to 8 people and works with the apprentice program at Nova Scotia Community College. Jeff and his team are always striving to keep building a reputable electrical company that can be counted on for any project big or small. Jeff loves helping to mold young electricians into ones that will become quality electricians that would be able to succeed in the future by giving them opportunities to learn the trade, inside and out, and be able to make it their career and as a result have a great life doing something they love.
Finalist: Kerra Aucoin – KA Social Media Consulting
Kerra has been involved in marketing, advertising and event planning for almost 10 years. After completing her commerce degree, Kerra gained experiences in the corporate world then made a switch to smaller local companies. It was during this time, Kerra made great local connections and where her passion for social media and networking events emerged. With this passion and being a believer in small businesses, Kerra advocates for local businesses to be their voice of success through social media.
In September 2014, Kerra took the leap and KA Social Media Consulting was created. Since then she has managed 14 social media accounts simultaneously, has completed various one-on-one training, completed content calendars for 8 different industries as well as a social media sponsor for a few well-known events in Halifax, NS.
Tom Parker Chamber Member of the Year: This category recognizes an outstanding East Hants and Districts Chamber Member for his or her dedication and hard work, involvement with the business community through the Chamber, and volunteer work with regard to recreation and community improvements.
Finalist: Greg McTiernan
Greg McTiernan and his wife Nancy have been handcrafting exceptional chocolates, truffles & fudge since they opened the doors of The Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop in Elmsdale in 2006. Greg’s business acumen and hard-working personality has grown the business into a popular retail destination for a special treat and a go-to place for corporate gifts. Greg has been a Chamber member since 2007. He spent four years on the Board of Directors; three of which he sat as Vice-President. He has served on and chaired numerous committees’ over the years and played a key role in many decisions with regard to the operation and administration of the EHCC.
Award Recipient: Linda D. Wood
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In 2010 Linda joined Burchell MacDougall Lawyers, a full service law firm, when they opened their new office in Elmsdale. Linda’s work includes real estate transactions, wills and estate planning, probate and estates, and business law. Linda has served as an EHCC director from 2010 to 2013, EHCC second vice-president from 2013-14, and EHCC president for 2014-15. Presently she serves as past president on the EHCC Executive Committee, Chair of the EHCC Education Committee, which includes the East Hants Workplace Education Partnership and member of the EHCC Communications Committee.
Linda believes strongly in the value of working together and that connections, diversity and engagement support entrepreneurship and a thriving business environment.
Finalist: Mike Tompkins
Mike has enjoyed providing photography services since the early 80’s when he began shooting weddings. His passion has always been people photography, where he continuously takes pride and pleasure in making sure his clients are pleased with the images he helps to create. He continues to provide portraiture which includes weddings, family portraits, sports, graduation, and commercial photography from his Studio in Enfield.
As an active member of EHCC since 2002, Mike has served on the Board of Directors for 10 years. While on the board he held numerous positions and sat on numerous committees, including but not limited to President, Vice President, and Director. Mike continues to be an active chamber member and has been our “in-house” photographer on many occasions. Mike has always been more than willing to help out on committees and has always been just a phone call away.
Lifetime Achievement Award:This category recognizes a senior business leader in the East Hants & Districts area who has distinguished themselves as a key player to the regional economy and business community.
Award Recipient: Jim Isenor
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Jim Isenor was born and raised in Enfield, Nova Scotia. As a young man he got his start in the restaurant business by bartending, waiting tables. At the age of 34 he took the plunge to open his own pub in his hometown. The first pub in East Hants. Curly’s has been a regular stomping ground for locals and travellers alike ever since.
Over a year ago Jim sold the business to his nephew, but in the almost 30 years he owned it he helped bring thousands of people together, entertained them, and fed them generous portions of authentic pub food. It’s his focus on the food, friendly customer service, unique décor of artifacts, and food challenges that has made this landmark pub a winner of Taste of Nova Scotia awards and “World Famous in East Hants”.
Beyond that, Jim has employed hundreds and hundreds of locals and provided a springboard for many local musicians. Curly’s has also played host to many important community and family fundraisers and has supported local community organizations over the years. Jim also contributed regularly to his industry as Past President of the Nova Scotia Lounge and Beverage Room Association.
The Chamber recognized Jim and his life and business partner, Charlotte Van Mil, with the Tom Parker Award in 2004.