Submitted by Deron Johnson
On behalf of the Old Town Kemptville BIA Board of Management and all of its members and volunteers, we are thrilled with the recent announcement that the Chair of our board, champion for Downtown Kemptville, tireless volunteer for our community and co-owner of Grahame’s Bakery, Debbie Wilson, was nominated for the Bill Thake Memorial Economic Development Leadership Award.
For those of you who know her, Debbie embodies the definition of leadership. She works extremely hard, sets a high standard for herself, and always makes time for those who need it, without ever asking for anything in return. Debbie always gives credit to others when it comes to recognition for her considerable efforts, which makes this nomination even sweeter and frankly, long overdue, for someone who has contributed so much to her community and beyond.
Debbie has been the Chair of the BIA Board of Management for the past three years, is currently the Vice Chair of the North Grenville Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee and is a Director on the Board of the Kemptville and District Community Association. She is also heavily involved in other community organizations and events both directly and indirectly.
“Thank you, Debbie, for all that you have done and all that you do for all of us, we’ll simply never be able to repay the debt of gratitude that we owe you. Best of luck and please know that no matter what the outcome, you’re already the winner to all of us.” – Deron Johnston, Executive Director of the Old Town Kemptville BIA.
The Bill Thake Memorial Economic Development Leadership Award is awarded annually to a deserving volunteer who demonstrates outstanding commitment and leadership to help grow the economy of the Leeds and Grenville area. It was first awarded in 2011, and last year’s winner was Doug Bond from the Rideau Lakes area.
The award will be presented at the 11th Annual Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit which will be hosted at the North Grenville Municipal Centre on Friday November 22. The Summit is organized by the Economic Development Department of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville in cooperation with the Municipality of North Grenville.