Sixteen Chamber members took home awards last Friday evening after a sold-out celebration at the Imperial Theatre. The 28th annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards (OBAAs), sponsored by Libro Credit Union, is one of the highlights of the Chamber calendar.

The OBAAs recognize local businesses and individuals for their vital role in creating a vibrant, diverse and prosperous community.  It is the culmination of a selection process that began last December when nominations were officially opened. The general public was invited to nominate their favourite businesses and those who accepted their nominations submitted a nomination package, which was judged by an independent group. The nomination and selection process is one that is well-respected and done so in a way that there is genuine surprise and delight when the winners are announced.

Shirley de Silva, the Chamber’s president and CEO, said the quality of this year’s nominees has never been better. “We have some of the most progressive businesses of any region in the province or even the nation,” she said. “Being able to celebrate their successes in this way is really something that we can all get behind and enjoy on a night like this.”

“All nominees are to be congratulated for having been selected in this process,” said de Silva. “As is often said, it is truly an honour to have been nominated. To go on to win is the icing on the cake.”

And the winners are:

Employee Relations
LEHDER Environmental Services
www.lehder.com

Exporter of the Year
www.cargill.com

Young Entrepreneur
Mike Rondinelli, Lambton Family Dental
lambtonfamilydental@gmail.com

Business Leadership
Rob Taylor, Sarnia Lambton Industrial Educational Cooperative
www.sarniasafety.com

Marketing and Promotions
Sunripe
www.sunripe.ca

Health, Safety and Environment
Pollutech Enviroquatics Ltd.
www.pollutechgroup.com

Social Profit
Sarnia-Lambton Rebound
www.reboundonline.com

Member of the Year
Peter Sparks, All Seasons Trophies & Signs
www.allseasonstrophies.ca

Small Business of the Year
Centrepoint I.D.A. Pharmacy
www.centrepointida.com

Large Business of the Year
Bluewater Power
www.bluewaterpower.com

Agri-Business
Alton Farms Estate Winery
www.altonfarmsestatewinery.com

Inclusivity
The Studio
www.brianslaughter.zumba.com

Customer Service—Large
Lambton KIA
www.lambtonkia.com

Customer Service—Small
Lilith Boutique
www.lilithboutique.com
Customer Service—Individual
Bea Vasey, Altered Elegance
www.facebook.com/beavasey

Innovation
Terrapure Environment
www.terrapureenv.com