Congratulations to our Business of the Month recipients!
Each month our Ambassador Committee recognizes a business for making a difference in the Greater Oshawa (Oshawa/Clarington) community through charitable, philanthropic or volunteer involement.
If you are, or know of, a business who is deserving of this award please complete the nomination form.
This recognition includes a banner sign to display for the month, photo opportunity and story about the business be published online and in the Chamber's newsletter.
Feed the Need in Durham - June 2017
Feed the Need in Durham provides food to more than 50,000 people each month in Durham Region. Operating a 10,000 square-foot distribution centre in Oshawa, this hub provides services to more than 55 agencies across the region.
With a fridge and freezer on their premises, they can accommodate both perishable and non-perishable food items to give to those in need.
Congratulations to Feed the Need in Durham on being named Business of the Month for June 2017! Featured in the photo left to right are Chamber Ambassador Cathy Provenzano of Labelle Salon & Spa, Executive Director of Feed the Need in Durham Ben Earle, Warehouse and Assistant Manager of Feed the Need in Durham Diane Spurrell, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator of Feed the Need in Durham Robyn McKinnon, Chamber Ambassador Kim Toms of CIBC and Chamber Ambassador Cassandra Wildman of Roughley Insurance. For more information, please visit www.feedtheneedindurham.com.
Justice Burgers - May 2017
Justice Burgers wants to make sure you eat! Officially opened for business in September 2016, this small local eatery has been dishing out to paying customers and non-paying customers alike to ensure no one goes hungry. A wall in the restaurant covered with coupons means anyone can walk in and get a burger if they’re hungry. Patrons can purchase a $5 coupon to add to the wall and ‘pay it forward’ and anyone is welcome to take a coupon for a free burger no questions asked.
Featured on Global News, Rogers TV and the Toronto Star, Justice Burgers is a little taste of Oshawa generosity in the downtown core. This past winter they donated money to buy supplies for a small outdoor skating rink in Brick-by-Brick park as well as donating food to St. Vincent’s Kitchen along with their Giveback Wall initiative.
Congratulations to Justice Burgers for being named Business of the Month for May 2017! Featured in the photo pictured left to right are Chamber Ambassador Lisa McKnight of McCAM Insurance, Chamber Ambassador Karissa Jones of The House Wren Virtual Assistant, Adam Dempsey, Co-Owner of Justice Burgers, Chamber Ambassador Alex Valcour of Durham Outlook for the Needy and Chamber Ambassador Ivano Labricciosa of OPUC. For more information, please visit www.justiceburgers.com.
Oshawa Community Credit Union - April 2017
The Oshawa Community Credit Union (OCCU) has been serving the Durham Region and local community for over 75 years, while also playing a big role in the support of our local charities. The OCCU supports and sponsors charities such as Sharon’s Kids, Durham Children’s Aid, Salvation’s Angel Drive, Lion’s Club, Heart & Stroke, Alzheimer Society of Canada and many more. Congratulations to the Oshawa Community Credit Union on be named Business of the Month for April 2017! Pictured left to right, Chamber Ambassador, Ivano Labricciosa of OPUC, OCCU Staff; Karen Reid, Caryolyn Terrion, Teresa Brudek, Jakob Henninger, Sarah Broderick, Lori Gaudette, Lori Kelly, Chamber Ambassador Lisa McKnight of McCAM Insurance, Lori Hunsley & Jackie King. For more information on Oshawa Community Credit Union, visit www.oshawauc.com.
Durham Radio Inc. - March 2017
Durham Radio Inc. is a locally owned independent company that operates three radio stations out of Hamilton and three out of Oshawa including KX96, 94.9 The Rock and CKDO. The company employs over 50 full time staff who are very proud to serve the community with great music, local news, traffic reports and information that matters to Durham residents. Congratulations to Durham Radio Inc., on be named Business of the Month for March 2017! Durham Radio staff, pictured left to right, Charlie Toner, Rick Nihda, Phil Nedham, Dave Hughes, Carolyn Ellis, Brian Cox, Ron Combden, Cindy Marr, Steve Macaulay, Doug Kirk, Larry Chase, Jerry Archer, Patrick Powers, Jeanette LeBlanc, Natalie Micelli. For more information on Durham Radio Inc., visit www.durhamradioinc.com.
Independent Project Managers - February 2017
Located in Oshawa, Independent Project Managers is comprised of construction experts that provide project management services throughout Ontario for municipal, commercial, institutional and industrial clients. Independent Project Managers has made giving back to our community a priority throughout the years, most recent in sizable donations to the following charitable organizations; Feed the Need in Durham, Oshawa Community Health Centre, Covenant House, & Toronto Hydro’s annual United Way campaign. Congratulations to Independent Project Managers on be named Business of the Month for February 2017! Picture left to right, back, Chamber Ambassador Cameron Ackerblade of Grand & Toy, Independent Project Managers staff Mary Anne Watts, Warren Young, Leanne Perrier, Dawn Anthony, Denis O’Connell (Owner), front, Chamber Ambassador Lisa McKnight of McCAM Insurance, Chamber Ambassador Kevin Brady of The Digital Marketing People, and Independent Project Manager staff Chris Baylis (Owner). For more information on Independent Project Managers visit, www.ipmanagers.ca.
Coldwell Banker 2M Realty - January 2017
Coldwell Banker 2M Realty in Oshawa is involved not only in the local real estate market but the local community as well. Coldwell funds its charitable giving via a weekly 50-50 draw donated to a variety of charities. The branch also supports the Children’s Aid Society by donating over 800 in gifts to select children in need as well as the PFLAG with over $1000 donated in 2015 and aiming for similar in 2016! On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations to Coldwell Banker 2M Realty on being named Business of the Month January 2017 for all you do in business and the local community. Pictured in this presentation, left to right Vince Montagano and Erin Johnston of Coldwell Banker 2M Realty. For more information on Coldwell Banker, visit www.coldwellbanker.ca.
Ontario Motor Sales - December 2016
Ontario Motor Sales (OMS) is a staple in the local community all while being the largest Chevrolet dealer east of Winnipeg. OMS is the lead sponsor for Oshawa Kicks Soccer Club’s Drive for a Cause initiative, sponsor of Rotary Club of Oshawa’s Annual Ribfest for the past 13 years and supporters of Grandview Children’s Centre. On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations to Ontario Motor Sales on being named Business of the Month December 2016 for all you do in business and the local community. Pictured in this presentation, left to right Jim Heffering, Fixed Operations Manager at OMS, Chamber Ambassador, Steven Ko of Starvine Capital, Chamber Ambassador, Cassandra Wildman of Roughley Insurance, Dave Hicks, Marketing & Business Development Manager at OMS and Dave Baker, New Car Sales Manager at OMS. For more information on Ontario Motor Sales, visit www.ontariomotorsales.com.
BDO Canada LLP (Oshawa Branch) - November 2016
BDO Canada LLP (Oshawa Branch) provides assurance, accounting, tax and advisory services to businesses and individuals within the local community. BDO Canada supports many charities including, Drive Away Hunger Campaign, Feed the Need in Durham, and Annual sponsorships for YWCA Durham and Frontenac Youth Services. On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations to BDO Canada LLP (Oshawa Branch) on being named Business of the Month November 2016 for all you do in business and the local community. Pictured in this presentation, left to right Chamber Ambassador Cameron Ackerblade of Grand & Toy, Chamber Ambassador Steven Ko of Starvine Capital, BDO Canada LLP (Oshawa Branch) staff and Chamber CEO, Nancy Shaw. For more information on BDO Canada LLP, visit www.bdo.ca.
Taunton Chiropractic and Health Centre - October 2016
Taunton Chiropractic and Health Centre is a clinic providing massage therapy, chiropractic, medical acupuncture, naturopath, custom orthotics, laser therapy and health workshops. The clinic donates to local golf tournaments associated with the following charities; Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Grandview Kids, and Clarington Toros Hockey. On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations to Taunton Chiropractic and Health Centre on being named Business of the Month October 2016 for all you do in business and the local community. Pictured in this presentation, left to right Chamber Ambassador Steven Ko of Starvine Capital, Chamber Ambassador Kevin Brady of The Digital Marketing People, Taunton Chiropractic and Health Centre staff Jen Thayaparan, Dr. Michael Feret, Calla Zawierzeniec, Tara Shehan-Campanelli, Sharon Harding, Dr. Sean Netley, Meredith Peterkin, Christine Clowes and Anne Arsenault, Chamber Ambassador Don Pitman of Guardian Residential, Chamber Ambassador Cameron Ackerblade of Grand & Toy and Taunton Chiropractic and Health Centre staff Kristy LeBlanc. For more information on Taunton Chiropractic and Health Centre, visit them at www.tauntonhealth.ca.
International Pool & Spa - September 2016
International Pool & Spa has been helping the local community with all their pooling and spa needs for over 35 years! The team at International Pool & Spa are very involved within the community supporting local charities such as Community Living and have a “John Strange” award named after the late John Strange, who gave so much back to the community. On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations to International Pool & Spa on being named Business of the Month September 2016 for all you do in business and the local community. Pictured in this presentation, left to right International Pool & Spa staff Billy Morse, Chamber President Natalie Sims of Durham Medical, Jon Ewart, General Manager of International Pool & Spa, Chamber Ambassador Steven Ko of Starvine Capital, International Pool & Spa staff Maggie Howe, Chamber Ambassador Lisa McKnight of McCAM Insurance, International Pool & Spa staff Alley Brenan, Sierra Bingham, and Steph Irvine, Chamber Ambassador Cassandra Wildman of Roughley Insurance and International Pool & Spa staff Autumn Gervais (on slide). For more information on International Pool & Spa, visit them at www.interpools.com.
2nd Time Around Tire - August 2016
2nd Time Around Tire is a one-stop shop for tires, wheels and tire service in Oshawa. The shop has been in operation for more than 20 years. 2nd Time Around Tire have been a big sponsor of the local community sponsoring local sports teams, Tim Hortons Camp Day, Children’s Wish Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society and more. On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations to 2nd Time Around Tire on being named Business of the Month August 2016 for all you do in business and the local community. Pictured in this presentation, left to right (back) 2nd Time Around Tire staff, Steve, Mike Coleman, Nick Kench, Chamber Ambassador Don Pitman of Guardian Residential Services, Chamber CEO & General Manager Nancy Shaw, Chamber Vice President Nicholas Fazio of Fazio’s Restaurant, 2nd Time Around Tire staff Jim Love, and Nick Ard. (front) Chamber Ambassador Steven Ko of Starvine Capital, Tracey Petrella and Jim Petrella of 2nd Time Around Tire, Chamber Ambassador Lisa McKnight of McCAM Insurance and Chamber Ambassador Cassandra Wildman of Roughley Insurance. 2nd Time Around Tire staff not pictured: Jason Jeethan and Jason Clemence. For more information on 2nd Time Around Tire, visit www.2ndtimearoundtires.com.
D.G. Biddle & Associates - July 2016
D.G. Biddle & Associates, located at 96 King St., E., was established in 1973 providing consulting civil engineering and planning services in the Durham Region. D.G. Biddle is very involved in the local community supporting local charities, Habitat for Humanity and many other community projects. On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations to D.G. Biddle & Associates on being named Business of the Month July 2016 for all you do in business and the local community. Pictured in this presentation, left to right, Chamber Ambassador Don Pitman of Guardian Residential Services, David Biddle, Vice President, Chamber CEO Nancy Shaw, Michael Carswell, Robbie Larocque, Fred Vierhout, Larry Tracey, Vice Presdient, Chamber Ambassadors Lisa McKnight of McCAM Insurance and Linda Porritt of Century 21 Infinity Realty Inc. For more information on D.G. Biddle & Assoicates, visit www.dgbiddle.com.
RE/MAX JAZZ Brokerage Inc. - Dave & Noel Coppins - June 2016
On June 18, 2015, the sales associates and staff of RE/MAX Jazz presented the Lakeridge Hospital Foundation with a cheque for $25,000 to purchase a brand new Infant Resuscitation Unit for the ward at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. Under the WEEMAX banner; the sales team at RE/MAX Jazz confirmed a 6 year, $150,000 commitment to upgrade and replace critical care equipment in the Paediatric Wing of Oshawa’s Hospital. On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations to RE/MAX Jazz Brokerage Inc. – Dave & Noel Coppins for being named ‘Business of The Month’ for June 2016! Pictured in the banner presentation, left to right, Noel Coppins, Owner, Lee-Anne Mungham, Gary Clark, Susan Lawson and Jane Whalen. For more information on RE/MAX JAZZ Brokerage Inc. – Dave & Noel Coppins., visit www.remaxjazz.com.
Tammy Lee Hanlon Insurance Agency – State Farm Insurance - May 2016
The team at Tammy Lee Hanlon Insurance Agency – State Farm Insurance has been supporting the local community for over 20 years. The agency has sponsored many charities over the years including Simcoe Hall Settlement House, St. Vincent Kitchen and local women’s shelters. As well, they also support several sport teams including youth hockey and youth lacrosse. On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations to Tammy Lee Hanlon Insurance Agency Inc. – State Farm Insurance for being named ‘Business of The Month’ for May 2016! Pictured in the banner presentation, left to right, are (front) Catherine Foster, Kaite Gibbons, Anne Trikha, Tammy Lee Hanlon (Owner) of Tammy Lee Hanlon Insurance and Chamber Ambassador Steven Ko of Starvine Capital and (back) Chamber Ambassadors Lisa McKnight of McCAM Insurance Brokers Ltd. and Cameron Ackerblade of Grand & Toy. For more information on Tammy Lee Hanlon Insurance Agency Inc., visit www.statefarm.ca.
Keller Williams Energy Real Estate Brokerage - April 2016
The team at Keller Williams Energy Real Estate Brokerage is dedicated to their commitment to improving our local community. Each year in May, associates from across Canada and the
Gagnon Sporting Goods - March 2016
Gagnon Sports has been making a difference in the community for over 45 years. Located at 385 Bloor Street West in
Fraser Ford - February 2016
Fraser Ford is a family owned and operated family car dealership that is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. The team at Fraser Ford believes in giving back to the community they serve and participate in the Coldest Night of the Year fundraising walk-a-thon in support of the hungry, homeless and hurting across the Region, raise funds for The Refuge Youth Outreach in Oshawa, collect and donate non-perishable food items for local Oshawa food banks and participate in the Lakeridge Health Foundation’s Charity Poker Run just to name a few. On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations to Fraser Ford for being named ‘Business of The Month’ for February 2016! Pictured in the banner presentation, left to right, (front row) Chamber Ambassador Don Pitman of Guardian Residential Services, Bruce Saunders of Fraser Ford, Carlee Fraser, GM of Fraser Ford, and Chamber Ambassador Lisa Paulin of BDC, (middle row) Kelsey Magdamo and Scott Fraser of Fraser Ford, Chamber Ambassadors Lisa McKnight of McCAM Insurance Brokers and Kevin Brady of The Digital Marketing People and Nino Sassi of Fraser Ford, (back row) Chamber Ambassador Cameron Ackerblade of Grand & Toy, Doug McGahey and Jarrod Foubert of Fraser Ford, Chamber President Natalie Sims of Durham Medical and Natasha Maltais of Fraser Ford. For information on Fraser Ford visit www.fraserford.ca.
The Waltzing Weasel - January 2016
The Waltzing Weasel is a big supporter in the local community. Over the past eight years, The Waltzing Weasel has hosted a breakfast on the first Saturday in December to collect Christmas gifts for “Sharon’s Kids” in support of the Children’s Aid Foundation’s ‘Holiday Hope Program’. The breakfast is free with a donation of a gift and annually serves approximately 400 people, meaning 400 gifts for children! On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, congratulations to The Waltzing Weasel for being named ‘Business of the Month’ for January 2016. Pictured left to right (front) is Chamber Ambassador Linda Porritt of Century 21 Infinity Realty Inc, Elisa Yao, Robert Yao, Lori White and Shannon Clarke of The Waltzing Weasel, and Jodi Hewett, Chair of Santa's Parade of Lights Oshawa. For more information on The Waltzing Weasel, visit www.thewaltzingweasel.ca or stop in for one of the best genuine Pub experience this side of the Atlantic at 300 Taunton Road East in Oshawa.
January - Baxters Wigs
February - Roughley Insurance Brokers Ltd.
March - Mackie-Harley Davidson
April - Conpute
May - The Partsman Inc.
June - Rocpal Custom Cabinets & Woodworking Ltd.
July - BMS Sanitation & Safety Inc.
August - Mack Lawyers
September - Jewellery by Sanders Inc.
October - Reliable Car & Truck Rental
November - Provax Travel and Immunization Clinic
December - Channel 12
January – Trillium Trails Banquet Hall & Conference Centre
February – Costco Wholesale Oshawa
March – YoYo’s Yogurt Café
April – Tip Top Auto
May – STAV’s Dining Emporium
June – Buffalo Wild Winga
July – Aquilibrium Salon & Spa
August – Courtice Flea Market
September – Team Canada Black Belt Institute
October – Wally’s World
November – Dr. Stan Fenwick
December – King Ritson Dental Clinic
January – Print Three
February – Better Business Equipment Inc.
March – Lux Limousine Services Ltd.
April – The Table
May – Diamonds Grill
June – JKL Vehicle Repair
July – James Printing & Signs
August – Oshawa Paint & Wallpaper Inc.
September – FST Vending Services
October – Your Moving Depot Inc.
November – 4K Prints
December – Speedpro Imaging Durham
January – Working It! How To Make You Clothes Work For You Inc.
February – Woodland Homes
March – Armstrong Funeral Home
April – Ventura Towing
May – Polymer Extrusions Inc.
June – Santiag’s Olde Country Painting Ltd.
July – OWASCO Inc.
August – Full Life Integrated Healthcare Centre
September – Rhythm Dynamix Dance & Performing Arts
October – Oshawa Stevedoring Inc.
November – Guardian Drugs Pharmacy Bowmanville
December – CRCS Disaster Kleenup
January – Hardiman Mount Insurance Brokers Ltd.
February – Fazio’s Restaurant
March – Bunny’s
April – Buster Rhino’s
May – Berkhof’s Roofing
June – Global Pet Food’s
July – College Woodwork
August – D.G. Biddle & Associates
September – Kelly, Greenway, Bruce
October – Lennis Trotter Architech
November – Rockbrune Bros. Ltd.
December – A Pet Nanny Plus
January – Ian Goodall Photography
February – Pete’s Open Kitchen
March – Flewwelling Insurance
April – ReMax Jazz – Dave & Noel Coppins
May – The Accuprint Centre
June – Grand & Toy
July – Durham Home Respiratory Services
August – Avanti’s
September – Winexpert’s Courtice
October – Steve’s Leather
November – Bocking Financial Services
December – Home Instead Senior Care
January – Ontario Motor Sales
February – Durham Medical
March – The Growth Coach
April – Two Men and a Truck
May – Durham Martial Arts
June – Jeffery Homes
July – Centennial Retirement Residence
August – Wilson & Lee
September – Robichaud Family Chiropractic
October – White Home Hardware
November – CIBC
December – Revolution Salon & Spa
January – Timothy & Co. Salon and Spa
February – Mills Pontiac Buick GMC Ltd.
March – Edward Jones – Joe DiFlumeri CFP
April – Trim Tech Interiors & Glass
May – Amadeus Seafood & Steak House
June – Oshawa World Travel Ltd.
July – DLS Direct Landscaping Supplies
August – Eye Guy Vision Centre
September – Second Time Around Tires
October – Staff Plus
November – Auto Workers Community Credit Union
December – Millwork Home Centre
January – Shoppers Drug Mart
February – Read 2 Learn
March – The Transmission Place
April – Koziar & Reczulski
May – Munchies Gift & Variety
June – Oshawa Golf & Curling Club
July – Gillett Car Cleaning
August – The Accuprint Centre
September – Terry’s Autobody
October – Carriage Trade Cleaners
November – Cartridge World
December – Rossco’s Sweet Shoppe
January – Cooper’s Auto Services Oshawa Ltd.
February – Rainbow Family Restaurant
March – Label Shop Plus
April – Lovell Drugs Ltd.
May – Halenda’s Meats
June – Maple Cleaners
July – A.C.M. Doors & Windows
August – Peacock Lumber Ltd.
September – Same Day Blinds & Drapes
October – Classic Flowers
November – Active Green & Ross Complete Tire & Auto Care
December – Churchill’s Crossing Menswear
January – Wilson Furniture
February – Goodes Hardware
March – White Feather Country Store (White Feather Farms)
April – PB Fish & Chips
May – Bernie’s Foto Source
June – Happy Feet Foot Care Clinic
July/August – Buffalo Wild Wings & Ribs
September – Kitchen Kitchen Simeson McFarlane
October – Petley-Hare Limited
November – Quizno’s Sub
December – Rossco’s Sweet Shoppe
January – Oshawa Paint & Wallpaper
February – Maracle Press
March – 2001 Audio Video
April – Oshawa Cleaners and Tailors
May – The Carriage House Retirement Residence
June – Southport Executive Services
July/August – Dines Restaurant
September – R.H. Cabinet and Carpentry Ltd.
October – New Vision Optical
November – Alex’s CD World
December – Beauty Beyond Skin Deep
January – The Auxiliary of Lakeridge Health Oshawa, Coffee Kiosk
February – El Stavros Restaurant
March – Oshawa Tire & Auto Centre
April / May – Zellers Inc. – Five Points Mall
June – Saint John Ambulance
July/August – Taunton Rd. Animal Hospital
September – Ontario Power Generation
October – Stephenson’s Appliances
November – Henry’s
December – Print Three
January – Durham Dodge Chrysler Jeep
February – Classic Flowers
March – Joseph’s Hair Styling
April – Jenkins Business Equipment
May – Shrimp Cocktail
June – Discount Car & Truck Rentals
July/August – Cliff Mills Body Repair Shop
September – Barbados North
October – Eden Electrical Services
November – Fort Knocks Security Locksmiths
December – Rogers Cable 10
January – Belle Cakes by Heather
February – Brush Strokes
March – Copies Plus
April – Dorian’s Fashion Reflections
May/June – The Stop Shop
July/August – King Ritson Dental Clinic, Dr. Todd
September – Active Recovery Sports Injury & Rehabilitation Clinic
October – Quantum Print & Graphics
November – Diamonds Grill
December – Bakers Table
January – Roughley Insurance Brokers Ltd.
February – Enterprise rent-a-car
March – The Environmental Factor
April – Allstate
May – Accent on Advanced Driver Training
June – Brian Hayes Plumbing Inc.
July/August – Tribute Homes - The Neighbourhood of Parkridge
September – Oshawa Creek Family Golf
October – Central Collision Centre
November – Margaret’s Health & Beauty Centre
December – Athina’s Bridal Boutique