The Chamber of Commerce’s Strive Young Professionals Group held its third annual Algoma Visionary Awards Gala at the Grand Gardens North on Friday evening.
This sold-out event is a way to show recognition to individuals in the community aged 19-40 who are in the workforce in a variety of sectors – from trades and labour, to hospitality management, IT, health sciences and more.
Strive Young Professionals Group Chair Derek Jackson said both Strive and this event wouldn’t be possible without community support.
“It’s definitely a community-driven event, and that’s why we’re happy to see so many people from the community out to celebrate,” he said.
“Recognition on all areas is important,” Jackson said of why they host this event.
“It’s like in business you want to recognize your employees so you keep them doing a good job – you want to do that in the community as well.
“The benefit of recognizing people – telling their stories, explaining what they do and why they’re winners – really empowers everyone else to say ‘Hey, that person is doing an awesome job. We want to watch them throughout the community and see what they’re up to and what they’re doing and how they’re making a difference, and I want to be that person too.’ It really inspires a lot of positive trends within the community.”
The full list of winners is as follows:
1. Arts, Music & Culture Andrea Pinheiro
2. Business Administration Lacey Petingalo
3. Consumer & Retail Anthony Alfano
4. Environment & Natural Resources Sandy Holmberg
5. Health Sciences Amanda Richard
6. Hospitality & Tourism Josh Ingram
7. Information Technology Monique Morrison
8. Lifestyle & Wellness Kyla Flaganely
9. Public & Social Services Heather MacLary
10. Trades & Labour Chad Leask
11. Business or Professional Development Achievement Jennifer Matthewson
12. Civic Pride Katrina Francella
13. Community Champion Caceila Trahan
14. Excellence in Entrepreneurship Diana Petainen
15. Leadership Bridget Lamberts
16. Striving Star Erica Hogan
17. Strive YPG Member of the Year Patrick Lo
18. Strive YPG Game Changer Katie Elliot
19. Strive YPG Male of the Year Jeff Greco
20. Strive YPG Female of the Year Jessica Belisle