The Award of Excellence Program has been developed to honour individual BIA members for the vital contributions they make to our community. The BIA was asked to nominate two individuals that show an unparalleled commitment and dedication to the continual upkeep of their properties. We are lucky enough to have a street filled with business owners that share this same commitment to excellence. It’s nearly impossible to narrow it down to just two. It’s truly amazing to see a group of business owners so invested in their community, they believe that having pride in their business reflects positively on the surrounding neighbourhood and works to improve the environment in which we all live, work and play. We would like to extend another heartfelt congratulations to our BIA Excellence in Property Award winners Mike Pitton of Southern Smoke Barbecue House, and Graeme Smith of Gorilla Cheese (unfortunately Graeme was unable to attend so our Vice Chair of the Ottawa St BIA, Tony Cabral, graciously accepted on his behalf). To Mike, Graeme, and all of our amazing business owners on Ottawa St, thank you. Your hard work, commitment and dedication does not go unnoticed. We are so proud to have you call Ottawa St home.