January 25, 2012
Poilievre Honours the Best in Business with Diamond Jubilee Medals
Manotick, ON — On January 24, Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton, hosted a ceremony at the Black Dog Bistro in Manotick to honour four individuals with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. These business leaders have demonstrated their success through hard work and commitment to their communities.
“Our commitment to Canada is strengthened when we collectively recognize those who distinguish themselves by virtue of their talents, generosity and service to our communities,” said Poilievre. “These individuals are among the best in business and we have all benefited from their successes; either from enjoying the services they offer or the community events and organizations which they support.”
Mr. Ken Ross was recognized for his success as the co-owner of Ross’ Independent Grocer (Ross YIG) in Barrhaven. In partnership with his wife Kelly, he developed a flourishing business which goes beyond the call of duty expected from a grocery store. Mr. Ross is involved in every major event in Barrhaven, from Canada Day in July and Oktoberfest in September to the Santa Claus Parade in November. He donates time, money and food whenever possible. Mr. Ross leads by example, encouraging his employees and colleagues to give back to the community as well. Mr. Ross also volunteers his time as founding Chair of the Barrhaven Business Improvement Area, Director of South Nepean Autism Centre, Director of Oktoberfest Ottawa and Chair of the Barrhaven Food Cupboard.
Ms. Dorathea Janz received her medal as the owner and operator of the Black Dog Bistro in Manotick. Opened in 2004, this restaurateur dedicated countless hours to expanding her business, ensuring that it reflected the vibe of the village and fit within the parameters of the building’s historical designation. For her efforts, Ms. Janz was recognized as Restaurateur of the Year in 2009 and Business Person of the Year in 2010. Remembering that it is better to give than to receive, Ms. Janz also donates time to various boards and committees throughout the community, including representing Ottawa-area restaurants and hotels on the selection committee for the 2013 food truck and cart scene in Ottawa.
Mr. Jeffrey Darwin was awarded his medal for his philanthropic work on behalf of Scotiabank. Born and raised in Ottawa, Mr. Darwin continues to live here with Wendy, his wife of 26 years. Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, business was always around him, and he was inspired at a young age to continue the family tradition. Following graduation from Algonquin College and a career in financial services, Mr. Darwin joined Scotiabank 29 years ago. He now leads a 24-branch, 347-employee unit which seeks to contribute financially to important local initiatives as part of Scotiabank’s continuing goal to be socially responsible.
Ms. Gracia (Graça) Agostinho’s medal honours her success as the owner of the French Café in Manotick. Ms. Agostinho, a tireless promoter of love, peace and rock & roll, opened her café in 2007, bringing a European vibe to her corner of the village. Her passion to make a difference in the lives of others does not stop there. When she became aware of the tragedies facing the people of Haiti after several hurricanes and a massive earthquake, Ms. Agostinho, in partnership with others in the community, launched the “Manotick Project for Haiti.” The aim of this initiative is to help relieve the appalling conditions of destitute children in Haiti by providing nutrition and the opportunity to go to school. The scope has now grown to include agricultural development.
Mr. Gordon Reid was recognized earlier in the week as the Chairman and Founder of Giant Tiger Stores Limited, being unable to attend the Thursday evening ceremony. As the head of this Canadian company, he opened up his first store in 1961 in downtown Ottawa. Mr. Reid has continued to grow the company since this time, with a total of 201 stores across Canada. He has succeeded in creating one of the longest-lasting retail brands in Canada. Mr. Reid attributes this success to the integration of each Giant Tiger outlet into the community it serves, made possible by the people who surround him.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to celebrate Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne 60 years ago. This commemorative medal is a tangible and lasting way to pay tribute to 60,000 Canadians whose achievements have benefited their fellow citizens, their community, their organization and the country. It provides an opportunity to look back and honour those who helped make Canada what it is today, and to look forward and recognize youth who are actively involved in our country’s future.