Citizens & Businesses of the Year

Ruth Brown is the 2019 Delhi Citizen of the Year

April 15, 2019.

The Delhi & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Ruth Brown is the 2019 Delhi Citizen of the Year.  She will be presented with her award at the Delhi Chamber’s Gala Night on May 8, 2019 at the Delhi Hungarian Hall.

Ruth a 30-year resident of Delhi, has volunteered over the past 15 years at the Delhi Sharing Panty, a local unsubsidized food bank for the Delhi area.  In addition to volunteering, for the past 8 years Ruth has managed the Sharing Pantry with many hours devoted to gathering supplies from local generous merchants, managing community cash donations and distributing food to those in need.   Since assuming the Sharing Pantry leadership role the Pantry has expanded to also provide clothing and household items and the Pantry is working on providing more nutritional food to make sure recipients receive a more balanced diet.   Although the operation of the Sharing Pantry requires a number of volunteers, Ruth is the catalyst that continues to make the Sharing Pantry such a successful community resource.

In addition to Ruth’s work with the Sharing Pantry her volunteer work also extends to the Delhi United Church.  She sits on the Church Board and is involved with the Outreach committee.   Other Church volunteer work includes the annual coat drive and assisting with the monthly Messy Church, a program for children including crafts and activities.

Ruth’s message is, “We all need to help one another.  Why would we choose not to help if you can help?
 
On behalf of the Delhi & District Chamber of Commerce we congratulate Ruth on this much-deserved recognition.   She is a true example of the community spirit that is so alive in Delhi.

 

Isabella Spinella is the 2019 Delhi Junior Citizen of the Year

April 15, 2019

The Delhi & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Isabella Spinella is the 2019 Delhi Junior Citizen of the Year.  She will be presented with her award at the Delhi Chamber’s Gala Night on May 8, 2019 at the Delhi Hungarian Hall.

Isabella is a truly amazing young lady; she is the type of individual that at only 13 years old spotted a lady in a wheelchair across the parking lot at the grocery store and ran across to help her open the trunk and put her groceries inside.

Isabell volunteers with youth groups to help prepare, set up, serve and clean up for those less fortunate. She is an active volunteer with the Delhi Christmas activities, working at the breakfast with Santa, Christmas crafts and the Santa Parade. Isabella shovels snow for the seniors and visits the senior homes at Christmas to play her ukulele and sing songs with her friends and hand out gift bags to make seniors smile.

In addition to her volunteer work with seniors Isabella is also a part of the Buddy program at school helping her “little buddies” read or complete other assigned work. She is an active volunteer with wheelchair basketball and offers “date night” at her local church, where she will babysit so members can enjoy a night out without their children. This past summer Isabella had an opportunity to give back to a peace camp program offered by the HN REACH for kids that are being bullied. She had attended the camp herself in the past but went back this past summer as a volunteer to help at the camp.

Isabell is a truly remarkable 13-year-old.

 On behalf of the Delhi & District Chamber of Commerce we congratulate Isabella on this much-deserved recognition.   She is true example of the positive attitude of the youth in Delhi.

 

Wilkinson’s Your Independent Grocer is the 2019 Delhi Business of the Year

April 22, 2019

The Delhi & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2019 Business of the Year Award to Wilkinson’s Independent Grocer located at 227 Main Street in Delhi, operated by Matt and Kristie Wilkinson since March 2009.

Matt came to Delhi from London, where as a teenager he worked at a local grocery store.  At age 21 while attending the University of Waterloo, he was offered a position as Produce Manager at a Loblaws store.

In the spring of 2005, he took the opportunity to manage the Delhi Lampman’s Valu-mart, formerly located on Church Street.

Matt has always enjoyed the grocery business, as no two days are alike at his “Your Independent Grocery Store” (YIG).  The business employs 70 staff of which 20 are full time.   During his 15 years in grocery retail, Matt has noticed significant changes.  Customer tastes are always changing and technology advances include new scanning technology, which allows 85% of the shelf product inventory to be recorded automatically, are but a few.

Matt claims that people like shopping at his store not because of the parking lot, not because he price matches or because he is the least expensive, but because of quality product and great customer service.

Delhi’s YIG also serves as a “Centre of Influence” for the Delhi community.  Shoppers can often be seen taking time between the aisles visiting with friends and neighbours.

Today competition is tough in the grocery business so one has to do things differently.  Matt believes that the more than 100 CHCD My FM 98.9 radio commercials featuring his two daughters, Jordan and Madison, form a big part of his success in building the Wilkinson brand.

Matt believes that if you support your community the community will support you, hence he is a tremendous sponsor of minor sports and organizations including hockey, baseball, soccer, swimming, Girl Guides, Norfolk General Hospital Golf Tournament, Delhi Health Centre, various Service Clubs, Delhi Legion, local firefighter, OPP and the list goes on.  Matt is always there to support the Delhi Sharing Pantry Food Bank, helping those in need.

Matt and Kristie Wilkinson have truly earned the Delhi Chambers’ “Business of the Year Award” and are deserving of this recognition from the community.

Congratulations!   It’s the best “YIG” in town.

 

E.R. Adams Insurance Limited is the 2019 Delhi Long-Standing Business of the Year

April 22, 2019

 The Delhi & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2019 Long-Standing Business of the Year Award to E.R. Adams Insurance Limited located at 207 Main Street in Delhi, with branch offices in Port Dover and Tillsonburg.

Bill Adams founded the company in1937, in Delhi.  Later the business was taken over by his brother Edward R. Adams, which became the basis of the name E.R. Adams Insurance Limited.  The company expanded from it’s original home on Main Street in Delhi to include a branch office in Port Dover in 1992, and another branch office in Tillsonburg in 1996.  The company provides coverage in all classes of insurance including auto, residential, commercial and farm.  Marianne Murphy joined the firm in 1975 and became a partner in 1988.

Much like our other award winners, E.R. Adams has been a generous sponsor of community events for over 80 years.

On behalf of the Delhi & District Chamber of Commerce and the community, congratulations to E.R. Adams Insurance and Marianne Murphy on your recognition as the Delhi 2019 Long-Standing Business of Year