Get your Tickets for the “Meaford Grammys”

Get your Tickets for the “Meaford Grammys”

The Meaford Chamber of Commerce & Rotary Club of Meaford are proud to present the 19th Annual Community Awards Dinner & Presentation, affectionately known to some as the “Meaford Grammys”. This prestigious event will take place on April 8th 2017 at the gorgeously decorated Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre.   The event is an opportunity for locals to enjoy a meal together and recognize the accomplishments of local businesses owners, community groups, and volunteers.

What are the award categories?  Seven different awards are given to businesses or individuals who operate or reside within the Municipality of Meaford.  The Most Improved Business Award is presented to an existing business that has significantly expanded its operation, or an improvement of the premises making the community more attractive.  The Tourism Award is presented for commitment to local tourism through a welcoming attitude, awareness and promotion of local attractions by a business. The Customer Service Award is presented for consistent commitment to customer service by a business. The Agribusiness Award is presented for investment in sustainable agriculture and success in developing innovative products, processes and marketing channels.  The Special Merit Award is presented for exceptional effort within our community by a volunteer organization or service club. The Peter Francis Memorial Award is presented for consistent, exemplary leadership and contribution to community development by a volunteer. The Business Owner of the Year Award is presented for an outstanding contribution to the Municipality of Meaford by a business owner.Farmerof the Year Award is presented to an active farmer in theMunicipality of Meaford who exemplifiesall or most of these characteristics:  leadership, volunteerism, youth participation, community service and special achievements.

The coveted Rotary Citizen of the Year Award will also be presented to a resident of Meaford who volunteers in a way that brings benefit to our community, brings credit or distinction to our community and enhances life in our community.  The candidate represents an effort over and above normal volunteer work.  In its 36th year this award has been presented to some real champions of our community including Amy Teed-Acres, Dave Glass, Heather Handy and many others.   The Rotary Club of Meaford is also thrilled to present the Rotary Youth Citizen of the Year Award to a young person in our community for their exemplary volunteer commitment and contributions.

Who can be nominated?  Any business, club, association or individual within the Municipality of Meaford can be nominated.  They DO NOT have to be a member of the Meaford Chamber of Commerce.  Awards are given for the previous year.  Businesses should be nominated for the work they completed in 2015.  A business or individual may be nominated for more than one award.

How are nominations made?  A simple nomination form can be completed by any resident, visitor, or cottager of the area. Nomination forms are available at the Meaford Chamber Office, Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, and Municipal Office, or online at meafordchamber.ca. Completing an application form is easy. Indicate which business you are nominating, place a check mark beside the award you are nominating them for, then tell us briefly why they deserve to win the award (You can even use point-form notes). Then submit the nomination at the Meaford Chamber Office or scan a copy of your nomination form and send it to info@meafordchamber.ca.

Why Nominate? Nominations are an essential component of the Community Awards.   It is your opportunity as local shoppers to recognize the businesses and volunteers that you feel go above and beyond  to make the Municipality of Meaford an enjoyable place to live and visit.  As a community we can celebrate the local accomplishments of businesses, community groups, and volunteers, we all know and appreciate.

What is the deadline to nominate?  The deadline to submit nominations is March 24th, 2016. Nominations can be dropped off during open office hours (9am to 1pm), or submitted via email to info@meafordchamber.ca.  Nominations will also be accepted at the Annual General Meeting on March 10th, 2016 at the Meaford Golf & Country Club starting at 7pm.

When are the winners announced? The awards are presented on April 8th at the Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre during the Awards Dinner & Presentation.  Tickets for this wonderful gala event include a catered meal by local talent and are available at the Meaford Chamber of Commerce Office for $50 (including HST).  For more information please contact:

Meaford Chamber of Commerce

519-538-1640

info@meafordchamber.ca

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