The William Glesby Centre was packed as Portagers celebrated shopping local.
Some of the best businesses and organizations were showcased on November 16th. The nominees and winners were:
*Bold indicates winner
Outstanding Business of the Year
Styled with Meraki
Outstanding Not-for-Profit Organization
Family Resource Centre
Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
Outstanding New Entrepreneur
Colin Doyle/Revive First Aid
Janna Braaksma/3's Company
Sahil Sawartha/ PortageRx
Outstanding Contribution to the Community
McMunn & Yates
Smith Hauling & Yard Services
Outstanding Contribution to the Community by a Newcomer
Urban Indigenous Business of the Year
Anita Pulling Thread
Natasha Ralph, General Manager for McMunn & Yates Portage, says she was overwhelmed when her business was announced as the winner of the Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award.
"It's so important to me and it's important to our company as well," explains Ralph when asked about the significance of getting out in the community. "Our president reiterates to all of us to support the community we serve in. That's what we intend to do and will continue to do."
She adds that contributions can come in many different forms, whether it's a donation to an organization or simply going above and beyond regarding customer service.
"Everybody (at McMunn & Yates) works hard to make sure that we make an impact, and this award is for all of them," notes Ralph. "They are fantastic individuals."
PortageOnline has reached out to the other winners for comment.
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