CONGRATULATIONS HHOA ON OUR ACHIEVEMENTS! THANK YOU WARDEN DAVE BURTON FOR CHOOSING THE HHOA AND TO HALIBURTON COUNTY FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!
Alex Bell, one of our long time Board Members and Volunteers attended the Gala to accept the Warden's Award on behalf of the Haliburton Highlands Outdoors Association.
The Gala recognizes many individuals, organizations and businesses in Haliburton County! Congratulations to all the winners and all the nominees!
The Warden's Award is selected by the Warden of the County of Haliburton and recognizes an individual, group, team, business or organization for their achievements and contributions to the County of Haliburton. Thank you again to Warden Dave Burton for selecting the HHOA and for acknowledging the hard work that is contributed by our very dedicated volunteers!
The following article is from the February 25th edition of Echo which covers all of the Gala's winners!
GLIDDON HIGHLAND OF THE YEAR By Jenn Watt
Haliburton’s soft-spoken, music-loving choirmaster Bill Gliddon was recognized as Highlander of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Achievement Awards gala Saturday, Feb. 22.
From amongst a pool of strong, community advocates, Gliddon was chosen for his well-rounded dedication to the cultural and social well being of the Highlands.
“A gentle man with a big heart, Bill is always thinking of the community first, sharing the harvest of his garden, supporting youth in need and always eager to help when the need arises,” said Mike Jaycock, MC for the evening.
Gliddon’s life revolves around music and much of his time in Haliburton has been spent fostering a love of melody.
“From his early years as a student of music to over half a century as choir master at St. George’s Anglican Church to his 35 years sharing his love of music as an instructor in the Haliburton County school system, music has always been central to Bill Gliddon’s life.
“He was a producer and director of numerous musicals at the high school during his tenure as the music teacher where he would cast 50 and more to bring the magic of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas to life. He inspired young students to consider a career in music and for many others instilled an appreciation for music in all its forms. A lifelong resident of Haliburton, Bill is an enthusiastic supporter of the performing arts, especially if music is involved,” said Jaycock.
Accepting the honour, Gliddon said very little, except to recognize the work of his fellow nominees.
“All the nominees for Highlander of the Year, I feel I’m representing them because they’ve all won. We all share the values of community service. And so they’re all winners and I’m accepting this on their behalf,” he said.
Two other awards recognized the community side of the ceremony – the Warden’s Award and the Not-for-Profit of the Year Award. Warden Dave Burton chose the Haliburton Highlands Outdoors Association as this year’s recipient.
“It was founded in 1992 and [is] committed to sustainable management of our natural resources, our lakes. I do feel our lakes are one of our best assets we have in Haliburton County. I have to say … there’s something fishy going on in Haliburton Highlands,” Burton said.
He applauded the HHOA for its fish hatchery and the 500,000 fish it has stocked in county lakes over the years, as well as its deer feeding program and kids programming among other things. Alex Bell accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
“It’s very rewarding to know our efforts to sustain and promote fishing and tourism in the Haliburton Highlands is appreciated,” he said.
Not-for-Profit of the Year went to the Minden Food Bank for its continuing service to those in need across the county – it works with the Wilberforce and Cardiff food banks alongside its own – and in particular its role in assisting victims of April’s flooding in Minden.
“The food bank opened its doors seven days a week during the crisis for those impacted by the flood, organized clothing and furniture drives and supplied food to a community kitchen that served hot meals daily to those out of their homes and those assisting with the recovery,” said Jaycock. There was a strong pool of nominees for this year’s business awards, with each category offering up at least four (sometimes as many as 11) candidates.
The Business Achievement Award went to Heat Line Corporation, which makes heating cables and freeze-protected water pipes, serving clients such as the United States government. Jaycock said the company had increased its production by 20 per cent in the last year and has grown internationally.
The Customer First Award went to Dale Bull of TD Mortgage. “She’s truly committed to the clients that she services, teaching those that are new through to full and efficient service for the most seasoned of home owners,” Jaycock said. Bull is also the chairwoman of the Hike for Hospice committee and serves on the Haliburton County Development Corporation board.
Entrepreneur of the Year was given to Alan Gordon, owner of RPM marine in Haliburton. “Although RPM was a winner last year in the New Business category, the further progress achieved by Mr. Gordon in 2013 is worthy of recognition. The investment of time and money in new projects and contribution to the economy through job growth is testament to Mr. Gordon’s entrepreneurial efforts,” said Jaycock. Gordon’s “hands-on” style in his businesses along with his advisory work with other businesses was lauded.
McBain Quarries took home the Innovation and Creativity Award for their business, which sells precision-cut multi-coloured granite.
Following the purchase of a new $250,000 precision-cut saw, “McBain Quarries has strategically positioned themselves for significant growth of not only sales, but employees. Currently, with an eight-person team, they expect employee growth of 25 to 30 per cent per year,” said Jaycock.
New Business of the Year went to Canadian Tire. Canadian Tire has worked to keep business in the community and has provided a significant amount of employment, Jaycock told the crowd.
“Starting a new business is lots of hours, but the ownership team has also committed themselves to the community through their involvement with various organizations and committees and in their time involved in their business,” he said.
The Pinestone Resort and Conference Centre was given the Tourism and Hospitality Award.
“Pinestone’s new management team has not only focused on rebuilding the ties to local residents and businesses, they’ve also spent a great deal of time and resources on nurturing external tourism and event opportunities,” said Jaycock. Also noted was the resort’s successful Wednesday wing night, a 50 per cent increase in wedding bookings and its golf tournament for Minden flood relief.
Chaulk Woodworking was the winner of the Skilled Trades and Industry Award for improving their business, introducing new products and growing the company despite being displaced by floodwaters last April.
“Not only did they soldier through the flood of Minden, they also improved sales, redesigned some of their products and have put resources into upgrading their equipment and training,” Jaycock said.
As always, the evening was peppered with topical jokes by Jaycock, who managed to find humour in everything from the Trent-Severn Waterway to Dysart Reeve Murray Fearrey.