2012 Business Of The Year – Medway Homes
Medway Homes is a custom homebuilder business that’s family-owned and operated and now in its second-generation with Paul Pittao and wife Sue at the helm. In its 20 years, Medway Homes developed and built Merrywood Meadows and Harbourside Village. Medway Homes built 80+ area houses that collectively contribute more than $3.2 million in property tax revenue and whose home-buyers’ spending power supports local businesses. Medway Homes has contributed in a very large way to the ongoing modernization and progression of Grand Bend into a successful year round community.
In addition to their significant contribution to the local economy through their business, Paul and Sue Pittao support the community through their volunteer efforts with Rotary events, cancer fundraisers and sponsorship of and coaching with the Grand Bend Youth Baseball Association.
2012 Entrepreneur Of The Year – Mary-Jo Schottroff-Snopko
Mary-Jo took over Pine Dale Motor Inn’s management 15 years ago. Since then she has worked tireless promoting the Grand Bend Community to guests, visitors and stakeholders. Her innovative and creative approach is demonstrated by efforts to keep Pine Dale Motor Inn ahead of the marketing curve and to be a family-friendly inn that continues to resonate with guests. In fall and winter months, Mary-Jo works with incoming sports teams, all family-based groups with school-age players, providing key spaces to accommodate team-related meals and events, including the provision of specialty amenities that appeal to this market. Her influence also sees Pine Dale play host to annual shows and exhibits. Mary-Jo realized a long time ago that success in business meant reaching out to the community to participate in boards and organizations which strengthen our local networks. Her success is also a measure of the overall community’s health and vitality.
2012 David Scatcherd Community Spirit Award
This award was named after David Scatcherd, in honour of his community work. Dave has invested considerable time and money promoting this area, and making it a first rate, national attraction to visit.
The first recipient of this new award – Jim Southcott – is a well-known and loved, local resident and a very active volunteer. Since becoming a year-round resident six years ago, Jim has actively and passionately thrown himself into the life and spirit of the community. He recently created the Historical Walk, a self-guided tour of the “old” Grand Bend. Jim has been a leader in other community projects as well, such as the Main Beach Enhancement, Rotary Club, and assorted other groups working to build a better community.