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The Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce will present its Community Awards on May 22.

Stoney Creek chamber honours business excellence

By Mike Pearson, News staff

After helping to raise more than $122,000, you might think that John and Sabrina Melo had a child battling serious illness, whose life was saved by doctors at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Thankfully, the owners of Golfi Concrete and Drain Ltd. are the proud parents of healthy twin daughters, both of whom have spent time at McMaster Children’s Hospital  in their younger years.

After noticing the play room could use some sprucing up, the Melos organized numerous fundraisers over the last three years, raising more than $122,000 for the hospital. Soon, those efforts will culminate in the construction of the Golfi Indoor Playroom of Dreams.

For their humanitarian efforts, the Golfis have earned 2013 Small Business of the Year honours from the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s a big honour,” said Sabrina. “It really hasn’t kicked in yet.

With enough money in the bank, construction of the play room is set to begin.

“We’re in line to build the play room,” said Sabrina. “That will start later this summer.”

Planned for the hospital’s third floor, the play room will be open to patients, families and caregivers. One room will include a surround sound TV and computers, while another will be geared towards younger children. Sabrina hopes to see a ribbon cutting ceremony sometime this fall.

“We do it because we want to give back to the community,” she said.

For the last several years, Golfi has also partnered with Dufferin Concrete for the Paint the Drum fundraiser.

Along with its successful track record in business, both locally and internationally, Baffin Inc. is a proud supporter of many charitable causes. Baffin is the 2013 recipient of the Large Business of the Year Award, presented by the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce.

Marvin Mimms, vice-president and chief financial officer, said the company is thrilled to receive the award.

“Baffin and its management team are very pleased and honoured to receive the outstanding large business award,” said Mimms.

Since 1996, the business has been headquartered in Stoney Creek.

Last year was an exciting time for Baffin, as the company opened its 67,000 square-foot addition and finalized a complete renovation of its 100,000 square-foot manufacturing plant on Arvin Avenue.

“We certainly could not have achieved our many years of success without the support and dedication of all of our hard workers, our employees,” Mimms said.

With 125 employees, Baffin ships one million pairs of footwear globally each year. The company designs the majority of its products in Stoney Creek and about 40 per cent of its products are manufactured locally as well. Baffin has supported flood victims and Hamilton Food Share, as well as Hamilton’s Good Shepherd Centres, with donations of warm footwear and clothing.

With design, manufacturing and distribution services all under one roof, Mimms said Baffin is now better positioned to serve its customers.

“Building the distribution centre brought us all under one roof,” said Mimms. “It really improved our efficiencies and synergies between manufacturing and distribution. Everything is now underneath one roof, so we’ve seen significant improvements in efficiencies and our customers are really feeling that success.”

The Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Community Awards on May 22 at Winona Vine Estates. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information on the awards gala, call the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce at 905-664-4000.

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