Delhi Chamber honours initiative, hard work

Mayor Kristal Chopp along with Delhi Chamber of Commerce vice president Ken Handsaeme present Isabella Spinella with the Junior Citizen of the Year award at the Delhi and District Chamber of Commerce awards gala on May 8. Ashley Taylor/Delhi News Record

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Prestigious awards to members of the community were handed out by the Delhi Chamber of Commerce at a gala event on May 8.

Citizen of the Year was awarded to Ruth Brown for her extensive amount of volunteering, including her dedication to helping food banks.

Brown told the crowd at the Delhi Hungarian Hall that she is not a public speaker but she had a few words to say.

“I accept this honour happily on behalf of anyone that has donated one dime, or given one moment of their time to support any and all ministries reaching out to make this town a better place,” said Brown.

The Junior Citizen of the Year was awarded to 13-year-old Isabella Spinella.

Spinella volunteers with youth groups, shovels snow for the seniors on her street and refuses to take any money. She also visits seniors at their homes and volunteers with wheelchair basketball.

“I’m feeling really excited, really nervous, and amazed by how many people realize how much I do,” said Spinella. “I’d like to say thank you to the Chamber of Commerce and my community for this award.”

“Also thank you to my grandma, my papa, my friends and family for being my example and strength.”

The Business of the Year award went to Wilkinson’s Your Independent Grocer.

This grocery store has been owned and operated by Matt and Kristie Wilkinson since 2009.

Matt and Kristie accepted the award with their daughters, Jordan and Madison, who are featured in all of their commercials for the store.

“First I’d like to thank the community,” said Matt Wilkinson. “I’d really like to thank my team at the store that I inherited, they really love it when I tell people some of them have worked there longer than I’ve been alive.”

Wilkinson gave the biggest thanks to his family for understanding how many hours he puts in at the store.

The Long Standing Business of the Year is E.R. Adams Insurance Limited.

Marianne Murphy, owner of the store, accepted the award on behalf of herself and her partner Robert Smith who was unable to attend the event.

Murphy shared her secret to success with the crowd.

“I started when I was 18 at $2.50 an hour, and now I own the company. Start small, work hard, and you’ll get there.”

The night included entertainment from the musical group Small Town Girls, and a speech from Rick Van Laecke, of Horizon Seeds Canada. The host of the event was Aaron Gautreau.

 

 

 

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