Local excellence recognized by board of trade

John DeMings
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Faye Haley, recently retired chair of the Tri-County Regional School Board, received a life achievement award Thursday from Digby Area Board of Trade. The award, made during the board’s annual Business Excellence banquet, was presented by Mayor Ben Cleveland, one of the many former students of the long-time educator.

Guest speaker at the banquet in the Royal Canadian Legion hall was Sean Brennan, Nova Scotia Power’s manager of the Digby wind project, which has almost finished installation of 20 wind turbines on Digby Neck.

Brennan said the project is designed to provide 30 megawatts of electricity from the 80-metre tall turbines.

“Digby is an (electricity) importing area, so it’s a good news story as the power will be used locally,” he said.

Board of trade president Kristy Herron said the largest number of nominees this year was in the hospitality and customer service categories.

The Hospitality Award went to Bay Ferries, which was nominated several times and in more than one category.

“This is the way to travel. Initially we were a bit distressed by the price, but we will do this again rather than drive along endless unremarkable highways,” said one nomination. “If you have ever travelled with four kids you will understand what I mean.”

The Tourism Excellence award went to Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa. Among the nominations was one noting the Pines “is a wonderful representation of a time when life was simple and people could really enjoy a vacation. The Pines is perfect for us. I get to golf with my buddies and the wives get to pamper themselves in the spa.”

The Community Contribution award (business) went to Cooke Aquaculture, which was nominated for its contribution to the new Keith Trimper Memorial Playground, and development of more environmentally sustainable fisheries.

The Community Contribution award (non-profit) was presented to Digby County Family Resource Centre, which offers a variety of programs for children and families, and as its nomination noted, “The mothers united group is wonderful. There is a mix of older and younger people. The place is alive. We talk, we laugh we make friends, get advice/suggestions and we enjoy a good meal.”

Entrepreneur of the Year award was presented to Karen and Brendan Enright of Annapolis Highland Vineyards, whose nomination remarked that the couple “are always looking for a new and innovative way to market their product and encourage the consumer to try Nova Scotia wines. Brendan would like Annapolis and Digby to brand themselves as the Riviera of Canada.”

Customer Service award winner was Robert Balser’s Digby Pharmasave , which provides items such as walkers and assisted living devices. “They have gone into a niche that was not well serviced here in Digby. They are also expanding non-pharmacy services that fill a vital need like foot care while still maintaining a quality pharmacy,” said the nomination.

Winner of the Business Excellence award, presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc., was Royal Fundy - O’Neil Fisheries.

“While other operations are downsizing and closing, O’Neil has tried to maintain their competitive edge. They operate an export wholesale and a retail sea food operation as well as a nice eating establishment. They are a key employer in this community,” said the nomination.

Life Achievement winner Faye Haley “has always demonstrated a keen interest in the welfare of others. As a teacher she devoted her time to her student’s acquisition of learning.

“She just retired as chair, but she continues to ably represent the people of Digby on the Tri-County Board. She is also a current member of the Community Health Board, was involved in the theatre society and many other projects that benefit the youth of our area.”

Organizations: Royal Canadian Legion, Nova Scotia Power, Bay Ferries Digby County Family Resource Centre Nova Scotia Business Royal Fundy Tri-County Board Community Health Board

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Annapolis, Canada

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