2019 AGM, Gala Dinner & Awards Announced!

Spring AGM Gala

Spring AGM Dinner & Awards Gala: May 22, 2019


Join us for the Spring AGM Dinner and Awards Gala on May 22 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre! Featuring a series of awards, a gourmet meal, and a post-event mixer with live entertainment. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Jack Hartery Life Time Achievement Award.


May 22, 2019

Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre

5PM AGM | 5:30PM President’s Reception
6:15PM Dinner & Awards | 7:45pm Dessert Mixer

Chamber Members $65 | Future Members $75 | Tables of 8 for $500

Tickets on sale now!  Register online, or to book a table contact Susan at 902-625-1588 / susan.fox@straitareachamber.ca.




Have your business featured at our AGM as an event supporter!  A variety of investment levels are available, along with packages for multiple events.

Contact Amanda Mombourquette for more information at amanda@straitareachamber.ca


Sponsorship provides excellent exposure for your Business!




Jennifer Angel – President & CEO, Develop Nova Scotia 

“Broadband & Placemaking in Rural Nova Scotia”


Jen is known for her ability to develop accessible, vibrant and beautiful places and leads conversations around the collaboration required to create thriving communities. Building on Nova Scotia’s ocean advantage, she has helped shape Nova Scotia’s most visited destinations by land and sea.


As President & CEO of Develop Nova Scotia, Jen leads a creative, committed team in the sustainable development of high potential property and infrastructure to foster innovation and propel inclusive economic growth in Nova Scotia. Her collaborative approach to infrastructure development aligns citizens, civic leaders, public agencies, investors and the private sector in common-purpose decision-making.




Jack Hartery Lifetime Achievement in Business Award

The MacDonald family business began with KR MacDonald opening the original dealership in Middle River in 1926; sons Jackie and Gordon MacDonald eventually took over sales, with their brother Bobby in the service department in what proved to be an enormously successful family partnership. They achieved a major milestone in 1985 when they opened a second dealership in Port Hastings. After 93 years in business, the MacDonald family at Midway Motors has built a strong brand of quality service and sales; they have employed generations of people, and served generations of customers!

Kevin Beaton Heart of the Community Award

Leon has dedicated many years to creating sport opportunities for youth, particularly for aspiring hockey players across the region. His dedication to the Strait Richmond Minor Hockey Association (where he has been a member of the board for over 12 years, taking on a variety of roles), along with his leadership role at the Freddie MacNeil Royals Gents Tournament is a true representation of his “pay it forward” spirit.

Cultural Award of Merit

The Potlotek Education Office is a strong promoter and protector of Mi’kmaq culture, supporting the development of traditional (yet innovative) crafts, regalia, performances, traditional meal sharing, language and advocacy, as well as acknowledging the need for connection and understanding between Indigenous and non Indigenous peoples.

President’s Award

Danielle MacDonald is the co-owner of Devantec IT and Anchored Ideas based in Sydney. In developing the Chamber’s new website, Danielle has gone above and beyond in helping to develop the kind of visual impact that we were looking for. She regularly attends events and often brings new / prospective Chamber members along with her, along with making referrals to the Chamber to other businesses that she works with. Danielle is an active contributor to our social media – in true “all ships rise fashion” she is helping to grow the Chamber’s brand while she grows her own business.

Owen MacLean
NSCC Leadership Award

Owen is a marine student at the NSCC Strait Area Campus who has been a consistent contributor to community and extra curricular activities over the last number of years from coaching the PHAST swim team to volunteering to help with local events. Owen attributes the strengthening of his leadership skills and team work abilities to this type of work.





AGM Award Descriptions:


Jack Hartery Lifetime Achievement in Business Award

The Jack Hartery Memorial Lifetime Achievement in Business Award is presented annually and is the highest honour awarded by the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce.   Recipients of this award are individuals with a long record of continuous business operations in the Strait Area (minimum of 20 years); these are the business leaders who have demonstrated a history of success in their business, as well as those who have a reputation of being good employers and community champions.


Cultural Award of Merit

The Cultural Award of Merit is presented each year to recognize a business / employee who has enhanced awareness within the community of culture, visual, performing or literary arts. Recipients will be enablers who grow the creative economy and the fabric of the community, drawing specific attention to the art and culture sector, which acts as an integral part of our everyday lives. They will be people who contribute to this sector in the spirit of altruism and collective prosperity.


Kevin Beaton Heart of the Community Award

This award was created in 2009 to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the inception and/or growth of community opportunities in the field of recreation/leisure/business/and or health.  The recipient:
1. Will be a member or an employee of a member, in good standing, of the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce.
2. Must have made a significant contribution in one or more of the following areas: recreation, leisure, business and or health. This contribution can be demonstrated by a person who has: a. Exhibited high standards of voluntary performance (e.g. dedication, commitment, time, energy, leadership, attitude and motivation), and b. Contributed to a broad range of activities within the field community volunteerism.


NSCC Student Leadership Award

The Strait Area Chamber of Commerce established this award to recognize the value of community and business leadership beginning from an early age. The recipient must be a full-time student at the NSCC Strait Area Campus entering their second year of any program. The student must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated a commitment to community leadership and involvement.


President’s Award

The President’s Award was designed to recognize an individual or an organization that has demonstrated outstanding commitment, volunteerism and dedication to their business and the community, and more specifically to the Chamber of Commerce in assisting the organization to achieve its goals.

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