submitted by Deron Johnston
On behalf of the Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area (BIA) Board of Management and all of its members, volunteers and partners, we are thrilled with the recent announcement that the Chair of our board and owner of To Be Continued Consignment Shop, Shelley Mitchell, was nominated for the Bill Thake Memorial Economic Development Leadership Award.
To Be Continued Consignment Shop owned by Shelley has been a staple of the Downtown Kemptville business community for well over ten years. In her time as a business owner, Shelley has experienced times of growth and expansion as well as the considerable challenges posed to a small independent retail business by the pandemic. Through it all, this mother of two teenage girls has also been an active supporter of Girl Guides and the hamlet of Oxford Mills which she calls home.
Shelley was recently elected as the Chair of the Old Town Kemptville BIA Board of Management and has been a Director on that same board for years. Shelley has also been heavily involved in organizing the many community events that Downtown Kemptville and the BIA have become famous for.
“Being a local small business owner herself, Shelley understands the challenges faced by many of our members who own small businesses. A tireless promoter of Downtown Kemptville, Shelley is often sought out for advice from other business owners and is a strong voice for small business across Leeds Grenville.” – Sierra Jones-Martel, Board Treasurer 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 this year has a total of four nominees from across Leeds and Grenville.
The award will be presented at the annual Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit which will be hosted at the North Grenville Municipal Centre on Friday, November 17th. 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. For tickets, visit the invest.leedsgrenville.com website.