Thursday, OcTOber 19, 2017 The examiner C1

Celebrating the Business of Excellence

2017 Business Citizen of the Year

PETER BLODGETT

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Blodgett humbled by honour

Kawartha Lakes construction named employer of the year, new canadians centre non-profit of the year at 2017 business excellence awards

jessica NyzNik ExaminEr Staff WritEr Peter blodgett got his first taste of entrepreneurship working for his dad and uncle at their auto service station as a youngster. in the 1970s, blodgett went on to work at the Peterborough chamber of commerceowned marina at George street wharf during the summer. he later managed it. ?it was truly small business class 101 at its best,? blodgett said. The Peterborough native moved into insurance in 1982, joining his dad norman blodgett at darling insurance and realty Ltd. Peter took over the business in 1997. he?s been the president of the company since then. On Wednesday night, Peter was honoured as the business citizen of the year at the Peterborough business excellence awards. ?i?m truly humbled to be included with the who?s who of past recipients,? Peter said. The awards, presented by the Greater Peterborough chamber of commerce, took place at showplace Performance centre. The business citizen of the year honours a top businessperson who volunteers and gives back to the community. Peter is well known in the community for his volunteerism. he?s a founding member of the Three Loonies, which raises funds for Kawartha Food share. They?ve collected $1.1 million for the food bank since 2000. Peter has also been involved with a number of charities such as Team55, raise the barn, easter seals, Fairhaven, Juvenile diabetes, Five counties children?s centre, and hospice Peterborough. he?s the past president of the Peterborough Golf and country club and currently sits on the board of Peterborough musicfest. The father of two received a standing ovation when he took the stage to deliver his acceptance speech. he thanked darling insurance staff in the audience, asking them to stand for recognition and applause. ?Thank you for your positive support and guidance,? Peter told his employees. his father also joined him in the audience, along with his son Jeff blodgett, who works in the company?s Lakefield office. Peter expressed regret that his mother, who lives at Fairhaven, couldn?t be there, nor could his daughter, Victoria. ?The greatest accomplishment in my career is my children,? he said. after thanking the chamber of commerce, family, friends, and peers, Peter thanked the city and county of Peterborough and the county of Kawartha Lakes. ?a heartfelt thank you ... for giving me and my organization an opportunity to use proudly our business platform to give back to a community, a province and a country that i truly love and respect.? more than 50 businesses were recognized in 20 categories during the ceremony, including micro business, skilled Trades, Tourism, and entrepreneurial spirit. The 2017 newcomer entrepreneur of the year was andressa Lacerda, co-founder of noblegen. she said the win was unexpected, admitting she didn?t have a speech prepared. The brazil native moved to Peterborough in 2008 to study at Trent university. That?s when she met adam noble, partnering with him to create noblegen in 2013. Lacerda thanked her team for earning her the award. ?They are the ones who motivate me everyday?if it wasn?t for them, i wouldn?t be here,? said Lacerda. The employer of the year went to Kawartha Lakes construction. scott Wootton, president of Kawartha Lakes construction, said he was humbled by the honour, especially since they were up against cambium and business development bank of canada, which he called ?stiff competition.? The selwyn Township-based company has cLiFFORD skaRsTeDT/ExaminEr Kawartha Lakes Construction was the recipient of the Employer of the Year award during the 14th annual Peterborough Business Excellence Awards on Wednesday night at Showplace Performance Centre. President Scott Wootton accepted the award. See additional photograph on Page A1 and more photographs in the online gallery at www.thepeterboroughexaminer. com. team of 32 staff and has been in business for almost 30 years. ?i?m beyond words. i really am. it is really an honour,? Wootton said. JNyznik@postmedia.com

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finalists!

AWARDS 2017

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