“(The awards) are a celebration of our community and business leaders,” said Rakesh Naidu, CEO of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber which oversees the awards. “These are the ones we are really proud of in our community.

They have great products and they are great entrepreneurs. This is a chance to celebrate them, cheer them on and for them to bring laurels to their business organizations.

Finalists for Professional of the Year are Allison Hawkins, owner of Hawkins and Company Accounting Professional Corporation, Dr. Kelly Upcott, naturopathic doctor at Lifetime Wellness Centre/Origins Naturopathic Retreat and Leigh Vachon, executive director of Victoria Manor Supportive Housing.

The Business Excellence Awards ceremony when the winners will be announced takes place on Wednesday, April 24 in the Augustus Ballroom at Caesars Windsor.”

Here’s the full article the nominee announcement:

Windsor Star, Nominees Announced, Jan 2019

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Quote from Kelly, “I am so honoured to be a finalist for Professional of the Year.”