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The Community Awards Presentation and Dinner is an opportunity for locals to enjoy a meal together and recognize the accomplishments of local businesses owners, community groups, and volunteers.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 7at Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre. It is hosted by the Meaford Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Meaford, with the support of local businesses and the general community. Staff and volunteers dedicate numerous hours to the event. Businesses help support the event by sponsoring awards and donating items to our silent auction.

Who can be nominated?

Any business, club, association, or individual within the Municipality of Meaford can be nominated. They do not have to be a member of the Meaford Chamber of Commerce. Awards are given for the previous year. Businesses should be nominated for the work they completed in 2017. A business or individual may be nominated for more than one award.

What are the award categories?

In total there are ten different awards given to businesses or individuals who operate or reside within the Municipality of Meaford.

The Most Improved Business Award is presented to an existing business that has significantly expanded its operation or an improvement of the premises, making the community more attractive.

The Tourism Award is presented for commitment to local tourism through a welcoming attitude, awareness, and promotion of local attractions by a business.

The Customer Service Award is presented for consistent commitment to customer service by a business.

The Agribusiness Award is presented for investment in sustainable agriculture and success in developing innovative products, processes, and marketing channels.

The Special Merit Award is presented for exceptional effort within our community by a volunteer organization or service club.

The Peter Francis Memorial Award is presented for consistent, exemplary leadership and contribution to community development by a volunteer.

The Business Owner of the Year Award is presented for an outstanding contribution to the Municipality of Meaford by a business owner.

The Farmer of the Year is presented to an individual(s) who is responsible for the betterment of agriculture and rural living in the Municipality.

The Rotary Youth Citizen of the Year is given to an individual or group, 20 years of age or younger, who have made a positive difference in their community, and the Rotary Citizen of the Year is awarded to an individual or couple who have brought credit or distinction to our community.

Who completes nomination forms?

Nomination forms can be completed by any resident, visitor, or cottager of the area. Nomination forms are available at the Meaford Chamber office, Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, and the municipal office, or online at Completing an application form is easy. Indicate which business you are nominating, place a check mark beside the award you are nominating them for, then tell us briefly why they deserve to win the award (You can even use point-form notes).

The deadline to submit nominations is March 22nd. Nominations can be dropped off at the Chamber office at 13 Nelson Street West, Meaford, during open office hours (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), or submitted via email to

Why Nominate?

Nominations are an essential component of the Community Awards. It is your opportunity to recognize the businesses and volunteers that you feel go above and beyond to make the Municipality of Meaford an enjoyable place to live and visit. As a community we can celebrate the local accomplishments of businesses, community groups, and volunteers we all know and appreciate.

When are the winners announced?

The awards are presented on April 7th at the Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre during the Awards Dinner & Presentation. Tickets are available at the Chamber office and are $50 (including HST) for this wonderful gala event, which includes a catered meal by local talent and live musical entertainment. For more information please contact:

Meaford Chamber of Commerce

13 Nelson Street West

Meaford N4L 1N1