The southern sector highlights the excellence of its companies and organizations

Neighboring Disraeli Chamber of Commerce presented the first edition of its Gala Aquarides on Wednesday, May 25th. This recognition event brought together no less than 150 people for the occasion at the Sainte-Praxède community centre.

The “Person of the Year” award was presented to Alexandre Du Brule of Uniprix Pharmacy in Disraeli. The latter did not hesitate to get involved during the pandemic, going beyond customer service standards and proposing new practices. He is involved in his community. He offered his vaccination services in homes for the elderly.

In addition, Mr. Du Brule was the first in the region to ask hospital managers to delegate certain follow-ups to community pharmacists. Finally, it is always available to answer citizens’ questions, even outside pharmacies’ opening hours, through its Facebook page.

“The pandemic has taken a lot of time from entrepreneurs and employees. One of the reasons I’ve been so involved over the past couple of years is to have a team that has supported me both at home and at work. Needless to say, with two young children, when the spouse is less present, the spouse sometimes suffers. There were excellent candidates in this category. I take my hat off to all of you,” he said.

As for the “Prix Aquarides”, the jury’s favourite, the members chose Christina Pinard of Coiffure Création Crick in Beaulac-Garthby. She knew how to take advantage of a difficult situation and take advantage of the opportunity offered to her to improve herself, following several training courses that allowed her to improve her art. She also focused on selling products online. Every day, she gets involved in her community and tries to promote her township as well as her business. In addition, the winner is a councilor and created the Facebook group “Donate to the next region of Thetford and surroundings” that promotes businesses in the region by offering them good visibility.

“It’s really a big surprise for me. I thank everyone who supported me for several years. Without my clients, I am nothing. I ran for councilor three years ago to bring about change. My ultimate goal in life is to help others. I think we can get there one step at a time,” she said.

A success

Chamber of Commerce President Jean Boilard said he was pleased with how the evening had gone. “We had some small concerns about whether people would embark on the project. It ended up being a success. We had planned a maximum of 150 seats because the room does not allow us to accommodate more and we were forced to refuse people. »

He believes it is important that the organization he represents can demonstrate its recognition to companies, entrepreneurs and organizations that create community life and prosperity. He added that this event is, in fact, a means of funding. “The Chamber of Commerce has gone through difficult times. We are in recovery mode and we needed to generate income and that is what a gala allows us to do, in the same way as a golf tournament, for example, to be able to offer services to our members. »

Mr. Boilard indicated that the Aquarides Gala will return in 2023. “We want it to be an annual event. Our area is pretty big. We want to be inclusive and shine a light on all businesses in the southern Appalachians,” he concluded.

The winners

Event, tourist attraction of the year

– Disraeli mini golf

Best restaurant or ready to eat

– The lake interlude

employer of choice

– Nutech

Customer service – retail

– Korvette stores

Better economic growth

– Attendant Lynn Lapointe

Young businessman from 18 to 35 years old

–Tommy Roy (Sumacom)

Employee of the Year

– Michelle Boutin (IGA)

– Marco Faucher (Nutech)

COVID-19 Combatant Award

– IGA B. Gagnon Market

Aquarids Award (Jury Favorite)

– Christina Pinard (Hairstyle Creation Crick)

Person of the Year

– Alexandre Du Brule (Uniprix Pharmacy)

Special mentions

Social economy organization/company

– Disraeli Region Mutual Aid Center (CERD)

innovative municipality

– The eight municipalities in the southern sector (Disraeli Ville, Disraeli Paroisse, Saint-Joseph-de-Coleraine, Beaulac-Garthby, Saint-Julien, Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, Saint-Fortunat and Sainte-Praxède)

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