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An early start to this year’s Oustanding Business Achievement awards gala

By Catherine O’Hara • REVIEW STAFF

While the Outstanding Business Achievement (OBA) awards gala is sold out, event organizers would like to alert the 240 or so ticket holders to last-minute changes to Saturday’s ceremony.

The March 2 event, hosted by the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce, celebrates the very best in corporate excellence and community service. It is slated to commence at 5 p.m., when the guest of honour, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, is expected to arrive. Doors to the Flamborough Hills Golf and Country Club venue will open at 4:30 p.m.

“Ideally, we would like to have as many of the OBA attendees at Flamborough Hills Golf & Country Club by the time Premier Wynne arrives,” noted the chamber’s executive director, Arend Kersten.

Wynne will be on hand for the start of the ceremony, mingling with attendees during the meet-and-greet portion of the evening. At 5:45 p.m., guests will move from the lounge to the banquet hall, where Wynne is expected to deliver a short address.

To give the province’s new premier a taste of what the Outstanding Business Achievement awards gala is all about before she must leave to attend another event in Hamilton, the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce will recognize one award recipient before dinner.

“Normally, we have the presentation after dinner, but we are going to make one presentation before dinner so she can get an idea of what we do that night,” noted Kersten.

Following a three-course meal, the remainder of the awards will be handed out. This year, numerous community residents will be recognized in 11 categories, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be bestowed upon four individuals. Tim Langford will be honoured, as will Jim Aitkin, and Wilf and Tom Langford, posthumously.

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