On Saturday night I attended a gala, it was the Consumers Choice awards for Ottawa. Many businesses were recognised based upon input, through a Leger Marketing poll, from consumers. In addition to the company recognition there were three individual awards:
Man of the Year was presented to Brian Kilrea, an Ottawa native, who is the “winningest coach in junior hockey”. He is a legend in Ottawa for his success over a long career, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007. Clearly a successful man deserving of the praise … and he was born in Ottawa too.
Woman of the Year was presented to Susan Sherring, a columnist with the Ottawa Sun. Currently her mandate is to cover news at city hall, and given that our mayor Larry O’Brien is currently in court on charges of influence peddling she has an interesting beat! It was clear that Sue knew everyone and everyone knew her! John Baird Minister of transport came running over to say hi … and they chatted a lot all night. The MC Sandy Sharkey was an old friend and Sue was up dancing with all of the dignitaries later in the evening. Again, clearly a popular choice, born in Ottawa and receiving recognition for her many accomplishments in the journalism field.
Businessperson of the Year was yours truly. It is a little strange to get this kind of award, and it was a touch of deja vu from when I won the CEO of the Year award in 2006. Back then I blogged about receiving recognition, and how hard that can be. This time around I got to thinking about all of the good businesses “out there” struggling through the tough economy we have been experiencing for the last year or more. There are plenty of deserving people I thought. I also got to thinking about the pressure this brings, what if Eagle suddenly experiences major issues now? How can you hold your head up as Businessperson of the year then?
So I re-read my blog from a couple of years ago, (a) accepted the fact that there are lots of struggling companies and some people had faith in me, (b) I am definitely thankful … now (c) its time for me to shut up and hang my plaque!