Citizen of the Year
The Citizen of the Year award is presented to an individual who continually gives of themselves and helps many others in the process.
The Junior Citizen of the Year Award is presented to young people for their outstanding contributions to the community, and within their school.
The Outstanding Large Business Achievement and Small Business Achievement Awards recognize outstanding local businesses and is presented to a company that stands out in our community as a leader. A business that makes Stoney Creek a better place to work, live, and play.
Community Achievement Award winners for 2015
Food bank leaders Wilf and Susan Rogers are co-recipients of the Stoney Creek Citizen of the Year Award for 2015, as announced by the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce.
Wilf, chair of the Stoney Creek Community Food Bank, and wife Susan, the organization’s secretary and treasurer, have been involved with the food bank for more than 15 years.
In 2011, the Rogers led the food bank through a difficult relocation from a former fire hall on Lake Ave. S. to its current site at the former Creek Community Church.
The Rogers continue to play an active role in the food bank, which is especially known for its holiday boxes, distributed to Stoney Creek families in need during the Christmas season. About 325 holiday boxes were distributed last year.
Orchard Park Secondary School student Muneeb Muzaffar has been named Stoney Creek Junior Citizen of the Year. The Grade 12 student co-founded a youth program in his Riverdale neighbourhood, helping his peers develop leadership and job seeking skills. Muzaffar also founded the Optimist Club Basketball Tournament and volunteers with Hamilton CityKidz.
An honour student at OP, Muzaffar is involved with numerous fundraisers and social events at his school. He received a YMCA Peace Medal in 2015 and a $5,000 national scholarship from the Horatio Alger Association of Canada as well. Last month, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce named him Hamilton’s Youth Volunteer of the Year.
Fortinos Fiesta Mall Franchisee Joe Caruso has earned the Large Business of the Year Award, for local businesses with more than 25 employees.
The Fiesta Mall Fortinos, which underwent a complete rebuild and expansion in 2014, sponsors several community events and fundraisers. Major events include an annual spaghetti dinner for PC Children’s Charities, the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike Ride, the Festitalia Grape Stomp and fundraisers for a wide variety of local community groups.
Linxsmart, a company that specializes in business apps, mobile apps and web development, has won Small Business of the Year. Founded by Ryan Barichello, Linxsmart has shifted its main business from websites to business apps in one year. The company’s clients now include nationally-recognized brands.
As previously announced, the chamber has chosen The Innsville Restaurant and its proprietor, Bob Hemberger, to receive the Legacy Award for 2015. A throwback to the era of quaint roadside inns, the Innsville remains known for its prime rib, fish and chips and murder mystery evenings.
All of the award winners will be formally honoured at the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce’s Community Achievement Award gala, Tuesday May 10 at Winona Vine Estates. Tickets are $55 for chamber members, $65 for non-members, or $500 for a table of 10.
To book tickets, call the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce office at 905-664-4000.
It is never too soon to nominate individuals and businesses for the 2016’s 50th Annual Community Achievements Awards
Nominations may be mailed to our office or sent via an email attachment to: email@example.com