Douris named 2020 Citizen of the Year; business awards go virtual

In this picture from the BEA+ magazine, Stephen Douris has been named the 2020 Citizen of the Year by the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, June 24, 2021. (Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – Mental health advocate Stephen Douris has been named the 2020 Citizen of the Year by the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce.

Douris, who struggled early in life and survived a suicide attempt 31 years ago, is a backer of the Canadian Mental Health Association and other organizations locally. The 72-year-old also runs a men’s mental health support group called MenTALK with Ivan Labelle.

The other chamber business awards were:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year – Andrew Seguin
  • Community Impact – ACCFutures and Eastern Ontario Training Board
  • Tourism Excellence – Archie’s Family Golf Center
  • Large Business – Minimax
  • Small Business of the Year – ZipGrow
  • Sustainability – The Local Fill
  • Inclusion & Diversity – The Happy Popcorn Co.
  • Above & Beyond – Corey Stone, son Jackson and fiancee Cheyenne Leger (maintained 56×80 outdoor community rink); Beth Brown (organized Black Lives Matter march with Annissa Mohamed); Cayde Lazore (completed endurance run to raise money for Boys & Girls Club of Akwesasne)
  • Economic Impact – SigmaPoint
  • Lifetime Achievement – Andre Pommier, Pommier Jewellers

The chamber did the awards this year in a keepsake magazine as well as a social media rollout format Thursday due to the pandemic.

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