The Flamborough Chamber of Commerce (FCC) is delighted to name the recipients of the 2016 Outstanding Business Achievement (OBA) awards.

At what has evolved into ‘THE social event of the year’ in Flamborough, the OBA awards recognize, honour and celebrate the VERY BEST in corporate excellence and community service.

The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award – recognizing decades of corporate excellence and community service – goes to JIM WILKINSON of Wilkinson Heavy Precast. A former president of the FCC Board of Directors, Jim joins a small group of Flamborough business icons who have received the FCC’s highest honour. Previous recipients include: (in alphabetical order):

Col. Gordon Dailley – African Lion Safari
Mike Demkowich – J.D.J Trailers
Domenic DiFelice – Waterdown Collision
Gord Forth – Gordon Forth Farms & Copetown Woods Golf Course
Hank Gelderman – Gelderman Landscape Services
Sandy Gray – Weeks Home Hardware
Bill Grisdale – Grisdale Enterprises
Jay Hughes – Jay’s Auto Service
Karen Hunt – Rockton Dinner Theatre
Charles & Margaret Juravinski – Flamboro Downs
Archie McCoy – McCoy Foundry
Jim & Margaret Robertson – Pause Awhile
Tea Room

Frank Spiridoulias – Lord Byron Steak and Seafood
Ron Steepe – Kitching Steepe & Ludwig Funeral Home
Ernie Weeks – Weeks Home Hardware

In what is sure to be a special moment, the Town of Flamborough Award will be presented to PAT McNALLY. A member of the Rotary Club of Waterdown for over 40 years, Pat is 101 years old! One of the last decisions by the former Town of Flamborough Council before amalgamation in 2000 was to create the Town of Flamborough Award to recognize individuals or entities who have made a major contribution to this incredible ‘community of communities’ that we know and love as Flamborough. Council then asked the FCC to administer the award.

The other 2016 award recipients (in alphabetical order) are:

Sandra Gray – Community Service
by an Individual Award

Christine Koszarny – CT&G Automotive

Business Growth and Development Award
The Dream Centre
Gelderman Landscape Services

Community Service by a Company Award
Harveys/Swiss Chalet

Young Entrepreneur Award
Cal Vola – Bubble Force

Flamborough Chamber of Commerce Service Award
Waterdown Rotary – Flamborough Open

The OBA gala is again ‘Going Wild.’ The African Lion Safari and Classic Catering will be hosting the OBA gala on Friday, April 1 (no fooling). Guests will again be greeted by a menagerie of exotic animals … and we can guarantee that guest will again going home ‘ranting and raving’ about the great meal. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6:15 p.m.

In partnership with TV Cogeco, the OBA gala will again be taped for later broadcast. CHCH reporter NICOLE MARTIN of Carlisle – a previous recipient of the FCC’sYoung Entrepreneur Award – is excited to once again be the emcee for the evening.

And the ‘RED SOLO CUP‘ will make a return appearance. One lucky guest will go home with a voucher from Westjet which provides two system-wide complimentary airline tickets. Consider the odds – one in about 200 … or … one in 100 couples.

The taping for the video profiles of each of the recipients has been completed … and the countdown is now on. To RESERVE your spot (or table) at the OBA gala, please click HERE. For more information, you can contact us by email at or by telephone 905-689-7650.

You can also get a flavour of what the OBA gala is all about by clicking HERE to watch last years OBA highlight video.