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From the Desk of the CEO Jill Raycroft Oh, what a night!!!  Truly an evening to celebrate some special people for their contributions to the Chamber and the community.  We tried something new last year by adding the Cornerstone Awards to the traditional swearing in of your President and Board Recognition and I think we've tapped into something special by creating an opportunity to recognize people and share some amazing stories.   Getting ready to greet you - Rosi, Matt, Susan and I dragged Don Udall into the traditional "Staff" photo - we have to make sure the camera is working of course! 
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BCC Lifetime Achievement 2019 - Alvin Parkhurst ALVIN PARKHURST - PARKHURST TRANSPORTATION LTD. BCC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2019 When we consider Lifetime Achievement, we look at the cornerstones…  citizenship , founder, vision, mentor…  The ongoing theme through almost every story I have the privilege of listening to starts with a bit of “this wasn’t what I planned on “ or “it just kind of happened” – I think we need to recognize this theme doesn’t demonstrate a lackadaisical approach to business, but rather their innate understanding that you always open the door when opportunity knocks, even if
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Cornerstone Visionary 2019 - Rhonda Barriage RHONDA BARRIAGE - Beauty Works Day & Medi Spa CORNERSTONE VISIONARY 2019 In this case, our recipient’s interests centred a bit around her ability to draw and a love of makeup.  When a friend (we should call her that, regardless of the relationship) found an advertisement in the newspaper for a beauty school, she decided to go. Aesthetics and skin care were not top of mind for many women in a mostly rural area.  In fact, upon her return to Belleville following graduation, the ladies at the sales counters at Sears wished her luck in a region where most of their customers came
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Cornerstone Mentor 2019 - Sandie Sidsworth SANDIE SIDSWORTH - Canadian Mental Health Association CORNERSTONE MENTOR 2019 We all know mentors are everywhere and many of us can find someone who either inspired or guided us, wittingly or not, through our journeys.  But, when I asked Sandie where her path began – I did not expect her to say “urban planning”.  There was a time when she thought her purpose in life was to build green cities. But through a move to the States and not allowed to work, she turned to volunteering in compassionate care.  Seeing the poverty in outlying Flint, Michigan would change the course
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Cornerstone Founder 2019 - Paul Stinson PAUL STINSON - STINSON BUILDERS LTD. CORNERSTONE FOUNDER 2019 Paul Stinson and his wife, Barb Paul Stinson – whose family’s roots to the area date back to United Empire Loyalist days – took up a hammer at the age of 14, working part-time following in his father’s footsteps who started George Stinson construction in the 50s.  He did spend about 6 months at Union Carbide but that is the only other job he’s ever known and has built hundreds of homes in the past 40 years since he started Paul Stinson Builders Ltd. in 1979.  His son, Brad, came on board in the 1990s and
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