LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Ries Boers
Ries Boers has played a major role in the community for over many years. Ries’ lifelong love of cars inspired his successful autobody repair business. The business was built upon excellent workmanship and honest business dealings. Ries has been an active member of the Milton Rotary since 1981 and has served on three occasions as president. Ries has played an important role in projects such as Milton Rotary Park, Affordable Housing Project, Charity Fundraisers, Polio Plus, and countless Youth Programs. Ries has greatly contributed to the growth and success of the Milton community.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Zainab Azim
Zainab Azim, the youngest ever “future astronaut” has made it her goal to inspire more girls to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Zainab is the founder of Global Initiative & Vision for Education (GIVE) which promotes STEM and access to education. The United Nations Space4Women network selected Zainab as a mentor and UNOOSA selected Zainab as the Youngest Role Model for Gender Equality and STEM. Zainab inspires young girls to be actively involved in space sciences and collaborates with members of this network to connect young women with mentors through various forums. Zainab’s work is an inspiration at both a local and international level.

 

JOYCE HAGEVIK VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Presented by The Milton Chamber in partnership with OLG

Rob Hewlett
Rob Hewlett is an exceptional volunteer who greatly contributes to the Milton community. Rob has been a board member and volunteer for Food4Kids Halton for 8 years, the past director and president of the Optimist Club for over 10 years, a member of the Milton Legion, the Town Santa Claus, volunteer at the Strawberry Fair, Miracle on Main, Cruising for a Hot Summer Night, and Remembrance Day ceremonies. Rob is known as a great volunteer who often offers services such as MC and DJ.

 

BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR
Presented by The Milton Chamber in partnership with Cogeco

Nick Mocan, Crozier Consulting Engineers
Nick Mocan, the President of Crozier has played a major role in Crozier’s success in providing services in civil, water resources, transportation, hydrogeological, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering. Nick proudly supports land development and building organizations such as the Canadian Water Resources Association, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, and Professional Engineers of Ontario. In 2021, Wilfrid Laurier University appointed Nick as a Community Fellow of the Laurier Institute for Water Science. In 2022, Nick was the recipient of Executive of the Year from the Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Nick has played an active role in the Milton Economic Development Advisory Committee, Halton Learning Foundation, Milton Chamber of Commerce, United Way Banter with Bigwigs and Conservation Halton Foundation. Crozier remained successful during the COVID-19 pandemic, with revenue growth of 42%. In 2021, Nick introduced a new benefit for employees called the First-Time Home Buyers Assistance Program, a one of a kind an industry leading benefit geared to support employees personal and family growth by providing financial assistance of up to $20,000.

 

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Andrea DiMaso, Oh Look, Fabric!
Andrea DiMaso, the owner of Oh Look, Fabric! created a business that offers modern fabric designs which are difficult to acquire in Canada and hosts in store workshops which support the maker community by selling handmade items. Andrea supports many charities such as the Milton District Hospital Foundation, Pack a Bag for a Friend Foundation, The Salvation Army Khi Community Church & Family Services, Native Women in the Arts (Canada) and Quilts of Valour. Andrea’s positive attitude, adaptability, and customer service skills have allowed for her to be a successful entrepreneur.

 

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – SMALL BUSINESS
Presented by The Milton Chamber in partnership with CN

The Muslim Advisory Council of Canada
The Muslim Advisory Council of Canada is an independent, non-partisan, not for profit organization dedicated to advancing cross sector policy solutions to address health, education and employment outcomes for Canadian Muslims, helping to build governmental and partnering organization capacity to deliver equity to marginalized communities. They amplify cross-country dialogue and policy priorities of Canadian Muslims on the intersectionalities of lslamophobia. The Muslim Advisory Council of Canada has formed strong partnerships during their three year existence and gives back through the mentorship of the youth by way of their youth council and summer students.

 

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM BUSINESS
Presented by The Milton Chamber in partnership with CN

Life Yoga Studio
Life Yoga Studio was built by the hands of a single mother who was extremely passionate about being an integral part of the Milton community. Life Yoga Studio has won Diamond Winner in Readers’ Choice for best yoga studio in Milton for 3 years now, most recently Life Yoga Studio was awarded gold. Life Yoga Studio has created a supportive atmosphere for both staff and students. Life Yoga Studio is inclusive and prides themselves in providing affordable classes to people who may not be able to afford it. Life Yoga Studio has donated yoga mats to women shelters and volunteered at various settings to allow more people to have access to yoga’s wellness benefits.

 

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – LARGE BUSINESS
Presented by The Milton Chamber in partnership with CN

Milton Ford Lincoln Inc.
Since 1967, Milton Ford Lincoln Inc. specializes in new and pre-owned car sales, leasing, service and parts. In 2020 and 2021 Milton Ford Lincoln was Ford of Canada’s #1 Growth Dealer. They also were awarded Top National Dealers and Elite Dealer Award from Ford Canada in 2021. In the community, Milton Ford Lincoln established the Charity Ribfest at the GO Station raising over $12,000 for the Townsend Smith Foundation for a hospice in North Halton and contribute to many local charities including the Salvation Army, Halton Women’s Place and the United Way. The dealership prides themselves in supporting a positive work environment which therefore engages their employees in both work and the Milton community.

 

NOT-FOR-PROFIT OF THE YEAR
Presented by The Milton Chamber in partnership with Bell

Milton Community Resource Centre
Milton Community Resource Centre (MCRC) is a multi-service, multi-site, not-for-profit organization providing services to children and families of Milton meeting the needs of our growing community. MCRC empowers all citizens of Halton’s diverse community by providing programs and support that are high quality, inclusive, accessible, and affordable, aimed to address the impacts of poverty and inequity. MCRC’s extensive programs and services include Licensed Child Care, Nursery School, School Age Care, EarlyON and Family Fun programs, Parent Resource Library, The Halton Resource Connection (THRC). MCRC’s free Empowerment Programs, support girls and women who are impoverished, vulnerable or at risk resulting in a negative impact on their safety, well-being, and sense of belonging. Programs under this umbrella include the Infant Food Bank, the Period Poverty Initiative and our She Can! girls centred programs. MCRC is a large employer within the Milton community and believes this holds tremendous responsibility in the fair and equal treatment of staff and the support of a work and family balance. MCRC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist helps to ensure an inclusive environment for our staff and community.

 

FRANCHISE OF THE YEAR

Milton Blo Blow Dry Bar
Established in 2019 Milton Blo Blow Dry Bar opened a place for women to escape and indulge in some self-care, friendly chatter with other like minded people and leave feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and with beautiful hair and makeup.
Opening a business is hard enough, but with the onset on COVID in 2020, owner and operator Parul Patel increased their online presence to sell products and despite being closed for months retained many of their loyal membership. Also during the pandemic Blo Milton put together a Halton Healthcare Campaign for members of the community to nominate a healthcare worker for a free blow outs and a massage. Blo Milton is also a supporter of HerQuest for Hospice through donations and raising funds for the Townsend Smith Foundation