The 11th Annual Business & Community Excellence Awards Banquet was recently held at the St. Peter’s Bay Complex. About 300 people attended, including Lieutenant Governor Antoinette Perry, as well as provincial politicians and community leaders.
The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, which recognized businesses, entrepreneurs and community leaders who have demonstrated excellence in four different categories.
2018 award winners
- Business Excellence: Dr. John M Gillis Memorial Lodge
- Employee of the Year: Sandra Smith, Baker’s Corner Express
- Pillar of the Community: Scott Annear
- Emerging Business: Seaside Innovation Inc.
“This awards event is a real celebration of success in our community and spreads the message that eastern PEI is a great place to live, work, and do business,” says Martina MacDonald, General Manager with CBDC, based at the Rural Action Centre, Montague.
“The annual event is a great opportunity to recognize and reward outstanding performance of business excellence while continuing to encourage the entrepreneurial and community spirit PEI is known for,” says Russ Compton, acting president of Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce.
“The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce now represents more than 250 businesses and counting.”
2018 Business Excellence Award winner
Dr. John M Gillis Memorial Lodge is a fully licensed nursing and community care facility, and has provided care in Belfast since 1987.
“We are one of the largest rural employers in the Southern Kings and Queens county area,” says Douglas MacKenzie, Owner. “The employees are the reason Gillis Lodge won the Business Excellence award.
“Over 115 people are presently employed with us, and the number is growing with new hires. We are constantly hiring for casual positions. Within two to three months of employment, the casual positions became almost full-time.
“There is a demand for Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Resident Care Workers. Our employees range from 16 to retirement age. We have students working part-time, year round. During the summer, we hire more students.”
Best way to get your foot in the door
“It depends on the position,” says Douglas. “We try to hire from within the community. Word of mouth is a great way to get your foot in the door. When we are hiring, sometimes staff recommend a neighbour, a friend or a relative.”
Daycare under construction at the community care facility
Chances Family Centre will open a daycare facility attached to the Dr. John M Gillis Memorial Lodge. The daycare facility is scheduled to be completed in March of this year.
“Many of our staff will benefit from having a daycare attached to the Lodge,” says Douglas. “As well, the community will benefit from having a daycare facility in the Belfast area.”
For more information about the Dr. John M Gillis Memorial Lodge, contact Douglas MacKenzie at 902-659-2337. Visit www.gillislodge.com.
For more information about Rural Action Centre, visit www.ruralactioncentres.ca.