Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce

The Ruby Awards 2019

Nominations for this year's Ruby Awards are now OPEN! 

Each year, the Welland-Pelham Chamber of Commerce celebrates the spirit of business in our community with the Ruby Awards. Seven unique awards highlighting excellence in the areas of local business, community involvement and youth enrichment are presented at our Gala Reception. Named after instrumental Chamber founder Ruby Quaker, the awards are a commemoration of excellence in local business and community involvement. 

Here are your 2019 Award Categories:

Mary Anne Christoff Community Service Award

This award recognizes the spirit of those who have contributed in an outstanding way to the social fabric of our community. 

Youth Citizen of the Year Award

This award celebrates a student who exhibits academic excellence, is involved in the community and contributes to the local business culture.

Employee of the Year Award

This award is presented to an individual that has provided outstanding service to their customers and demonstrated true commitment to their profession. Nominations will be accepted from employers, customers and co-workers.

RBC Financial Group Small Business Award

This award celebrates a small business (defined as ten or less employees), which has been in operation for a minimum of three years.

RBC Financial Group Business Initiative Award

This award will be presented to an individual within an organization who has significantly contributed to financial success, aided the company in achieving continuous growth and produced or offered a dependable product or service to the community while providing an outstanding workplace for its employees.

Venture Niagara Award

This award will be presented to a woman who has owned the same small business for a minimum of one year, consisting of a number of factors in which the nominee has moved forward in order to achieve business success. Home based businesses are included in this category.

Age-Friendly Community Business Award

This Award is presented to a Welland/Pelham business that has focused on assuring that older customers are safe, comfortable and respected. This business will also support the principles set out in the “Creating an Age-Friendly Business” guide in Welland/Pelham.

Business of the Year Award

This award is presented to an outstanding local business and member. Recipients of the Business of the Month Award over the previous 12 months are the nominees for this award. The Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce selects the recipient of this award.

Stuart Cumming Memorial of Merit

This award is presented to an individual who has shown ongoing commitment to the local Chamber Movement. It is presented in memory of Stuart Cumming who, upon his retirement from Atlas Steel, devoted his time to volunteering at the Chamber five days a week right up until his death. The Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce selects the recipient of this award.

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  • About the Nominator (You!)

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  • List three examples of how this individual has provided a) outstanding service to their customers; b) demonstrated true commitment to their profession.

  • Please include a minimum of 2 letters of reference, one of which MUST be from the nominee’s employer, attesting to the Nominee’s commitment to customer service and/or dedication to their profession. Reference letters can be uploaded using the submission button below, emailed to daniella@wellandpelhamchamber.com, or dropped off/mailed to the Welland Pelham Chamber of Commerce, 32 East Main Street, Welland, ON. L3B 3W3.

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      • Note: Submissions received without all requested information will not qualify for the award. Also be aware that once the nomination has been accepted, a member of the selection committee may schedule an interview with the nominee.

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