AVCC eNews: April 6, 2023

Annapolis Valley Business Award 2023

And the Winners are…

Last Thursday we hosted our 2023 Business Awards.
It was a fantastic evening celebration with some of our area’s many very deserving businesses.

We would like to congratulate all of the nominees, the winners in each category, and Doug Raymond, the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thank you to all of our Sponsors, Acadia University, Chartwells, Kay Forever After Photography, Graham Howes Musical Services, the event host and Chamber President Jake Rideout, our judges, Angela Myers, Elliot Levy, Gary Morse, and Paul Callaghan for making the event possible.

New Business of the Year: Julie Ogilvie Digital Marketing Strategist

Micro Business of the Year: Hopper’s Yard Works Inc.

Small Business of the Year: LIV Fashion Boutique

Large Business of the Year: Luckett Vineyards

Exporter of the Year: Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards

Innovator of the Year: Niche Design Consultants Inc.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Advancement Award: The Swimwear Hut and Lingerie

Full list of nominees.

Stay tuned, more photos from the event are to come! 

Physician Community Navigator News

Join us in welcoming Dr. Andrew Kilpatrick, Captain at 26 Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (CF H Svcs C), 14 Wing, to the Annapolis Valley, we’re so happy to have him as an addition to the community! 

Meet a Board Member: Bridget Havercroft

👋 Meet Bridget Havercroft, our new Board Member 👋
My husband and I have been fortunate to call Nova Scotia our home ever since we moved here from the UK in 2007. We are empty nesters with two daughters now at University but have 3 mastiffs and two cats that make up for it. I am a professional photographer with no university degree, no professional qualification except the ‘qualification of life’ and I’ve carved out my own niche in the photography industry here in the Annapolis Valley, slowly building a great network of business and friends.
My previous background in the corporate industry has taught me some exceptional customer service skills that have also shaped who I am today. In all that I do, it’s about connection, and having joined the Chamber when I first started my business, it’s that connection and the ongoing connections that evolved from then, that gave me the launchpad to my success. I feel truly blessed to have been accepted on the board and am really excited to see how the next chapter unfolds for the Board and for myself.
We’re so excited to have you even more involved in the Annapolis Valley Chamber and happy to have you on board, Bridget 👏👏
Bridget Havercroft Photography

Chambers of Commerce Awarded Accreditation

Did you know the Annapolis Valley Chamber is one of 66 Accredited Chambers and has been for 15 years? 
Accreditation is the acknowledgment that member chambers have been successfully evaluated against a rigorous set of national standards and have demonstrated excellence in Chamber management,” said Sheri Somerville, President of the Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada.
We appreciate and look forward to the continued support from businesses in our area and our membership.
You can read the full press release here.

Valley Social Network – Networking at Union Street

In collaboration with CBDC Hants-Kings, and Physician Community Navigation, we’re hosting our second Valley Social Network event of 2023 – Networking at The Union Street!

Tuesday, April 25th from 4:30-6:30 PM. We’ll provide some snacks. Drinks will be available for purchase.

Additional Details: Are you a young professional in the Annapolis Valley? Come out and meet others who are doing great things!

The Valley Social Network is a space for young professionals to meet, collaborate & create. A casual environment to share ideas and skills amongst one another, make an impact and continue to develop our community.

Landmark East School Lobster Fundraiser

Welcome! – New Members:

Blue Cow Marketing

Elite Trade Painting

Full Circle Insurance & Investment Solutions Ltd.

Unfinished Business Renovations

Shannon Reynolds – Registered Acupuncturist

DMP Professional Translation Services

IG Wealth Management

Del’s Reiki Room

Scotiabank – Kentville

Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa

Realmeta Studios Inc.

Cinderella’s Caribbean Pot


Triquetra Consignment Clothing

VANSDA Training Opportunities: https://vansda.ca/training/
Halifax Chamber of Commerce, DEAI Toolkit: https://halifaxchamber.com/resources/deai-toolkit/