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

Exporter of the Year

Young Entrepreneur
Mike Rondinelli, Lambton Family Dental

Business Leadership
Rob Taylor, Sarnia Lambton Industrial Educational Cooperative

Marketing and Promotions

Health, Safety and Environment
Pollutech Enviroquatics Ltd.

Social Profit
Sarnia-Lambton Rebound

Member of the Year
Peter Sparks, All Seasons Trophies & Signs

Small Business of the Year
Centrepoint I.D.A. Pharmacy

Large Business of the Year
Bluewater Power

Alton Farms Estate Winery

The Studio

Customer Service—Large
Lambton KIA

Customer Service—Small
Lilith Boutique
Customer Service—Individual
Bea Vasey, Altered Elegance

Terrapure Environment