Six years ago the MCC created an annual award ceremony to recognize its community leaders.
“It may sound trite, but the strength of the chamber movement is its members – those individuals who, in addition to a myriad of responsibilities ranging from work to family, dedicate themselves to making their communities better places to live, work and raise a family” explains MCC President Graham Starmer.
Two awards are presented, one for direct service to the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and one for service to a local chamber. The award for direct service to the MCC was named for Harry Mardon after the chamber icon passed away in 2004.
Both recipients receive an engraved award, are commemorated on a plaque in the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce office, and are profiled on the MCC Website.
The recipients of the awards are formally announced during the banquet of the MCC AGM.
The MCC congratulates this year’s recipients:
The 2009 Local Chamber Award: Gord Peters, Brandon Chamber of Commerce. Click here for Gord’s bio.
The 2009 Mardon Harry Award: Tom Dooley. Click here for Tom’s bio.
For the first time ever the MCC has videos of the acceptance speeches:
Gord Peters Acceptance Speech for the 2009 Local Chamber Award:
Tom Dooley Acceptance Speech for the 2009 Harry Mardon Award:
The Manitoba Chambers thanks the Arborg and Riverton Chambers of Commerce for hosting AGM 2009 and these sponsors for making the event possible (click on the company name to access their website):
2009 Speakers Series Keystone Sponsor:
2009 Speakers Series Diamond Sponsor: