Turner's, ERTH Corp, Cripps and Rock Solid Designs on recipients list at Ingersoll District Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence

By Jennifer Vandermeer, Norwich Gazette/IngersollTimes

Dave Cripps said the entire community deserves the Citizen of the Year award from the Ingersoll District Chamber of Commerce, but it was his name put forward to receive this year's honour for his contribution and commitment to the community.

“Everything I'm involved in takes a number of people to make happen,” Cripps said when he accepted the award at the annual Awards of Excellence ceremony Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Elm Hurst Inn.

Cripps' list of involvement includes such areas as the Oxford County Library, Small Business Centre, Easter Seals and Scouts but his most public contribution has been through the PlayRight Playground charity he helped launch in Ingersoll with Adam Funnell and the late Teresa Cameron. He is also the current president of the Ingersoll Kiwanis Club and has been very active in the home and school groups at both Harrisfield Public School and Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute.

Also on the program for the awards ceremony, Rock Solid Designs was named Business of the Year. In a pre-recorded video, owners Brad and Elise Clayton thanks the Chamber for the honour, which was presented to their daughter Natasha due to them being out of the country. The full service landscaping business has grown exponentially over the years and contributes to the community by supporting local groups and clubs, and Habitat for Humanity builds.

Turner's Farm Market received the Agricultural Award, with co-owner Sherri Turner accepting for the business she owns with husband Craig. Before the current market location on Highway 2, the Turners sold produce from a table at the end of their laneway. Now there is a second generation helping to supply products to the location that was renovated to include fruits, vegetables and baking.

Turner said it's nice to be recognized with an award such as this, and that the trend for growth is expected to continue.

“We're planning to keep going full strong,” she said.

Chris White, president and CEO of ERTH Corporation, said he was very appreciative of receiving the President's Award on behalf of the corporation.

He explained the organization takes very sersiouly its tagline “Your Hometown Utility,” and each member of the staff is proud of its relationship with the community.

“It's team member like this that make our organization an exciting one to be in,” he said, indicating the table where several members of his staff were sitting.

ERTH Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides a wide variety of services, and also gives back to community through such ventures as an annual golf tournament supporting local charities, and sending employees to help with restoration after natural disasters such as recent hurricanes.