Day: June 18, 2020

Barrington’s to be recognized as Oakville’s Business Icon

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are pleased to announce that Barrginton’s will be recognized as Oakville’s Business Icon during the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence. The award will be presented through a virtual program on Facebook at 8pm on Monday, June 22nd.

The Barrington Family has been in the outerwear business since 1850. Originating as furriers, six generations on, Paul Barrington continues the family tradition by offering the finest furs from around the world in addition to designer shearlings, leather, cloth coats and accessories.

Barrington’s is located in a beautiful heritage building on Lakeshore Road and is one of the longest standing retail stores in Downtown Oakville. Growing up Paul would head straight to the store after school to finish homework, run errands and learn the tricks of the fur trade from his father. He learned the importance of customer service, always seeing his father go above and beyond to ensure every customer was satisfied.

Paul took over the store in 1992 and has broadened the product mix adding cloth coats, shearlings, gloves, scarves and handbags in addition to furs and fur repurposing. Paul’s wife Brenda looks after the buying and stays on top of fashion trends. Paul and Brenda travel the world’s fashion markets, from Montreal to New York, Paris to Milan, to bring the most interesting and unique outerwear to the Oakville community. They are also very proud of their private label collection, which is made from imported Italian fabrics, and manufactured in Canada

Barrington’s has developed a strong online presence, with a website offering online shopping and using social media to promote their products. However, Paul believes these are added layers to the business; the in-store customer experience is still their strength and focus. Barrington’s proudly counts third generation customers, as fur coats are passed from generation to generation, at times re-fitted or repurposed into blankets – and yes, even teddy bears.

Paul and Brenda were born and raised in Oakville and love the community. They’ve been in Downtown Oakville for a long time and expect to stay for many years to come.  Iconic!


HIEC to receive the CN Charity/Not-For-Profit Excellence Award

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are pleased to announce that the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) will be the recipient of the CN Charity/Not-For-Profit Excellence Award. The award will be presented at the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence, live on Facebook, on Monday, June 22nd.

Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) has been developing our community’s future workforce for over 30 years! HIEC focuses on partnership, mentorship and workforce development with youth across Halton Region. For three decades HIEC has been developing and delivering innovative programs and services that leverage technologies, advance community collaboration, strengthen economic development, inspire mentorship, and help young people succeed.

HIEC strives to empower youth in their career exploration and contribute to their overall mental wellness as it relates to future planning and opportunities. This includes, building stronger connections between educators, employers, and the students who will make up the future workforce through their Career Awareness Program, hosting inspiring community events, and managing multiple technologies that focus on workforce development.

Through the Career Awareness Program, HIEC supports 7,000 students a year as they prepare to transition into high school. The program is for grade 7 students and helps them identify their individual values, skills and interests. During their visit, students also have the opportunity to investigate 3500+ different occupations that are outlined in the Career Development Lab. Students can also participate in a life work simulation program, which provides them with a better understanding of working conditions, salaries, future trends, and post-secondary pathways for jobs that interest them. The Career Awareness Program has been very successful, and HIEC has even received international interest in how they execute the program.

Building on career planning, HIEC hosts two annual community events: Women as Career Coaches and Men as Career Coaches. These informal and interactive events bring mentors from different industries and careers together with young people for an evening of open and honest conversation about occupational pathways, post-secondary destinations, and work life. Collectively, these events have hosted 5,500 mentors and 6,300 students! These events have been so impactful, that they often have students return as mentors once they’ve established their careers!

Thank you HIEC for the incredible impact you have made on the youth in our community for the past 30 years!


Acclaim Health to be recognized as the Genworth Community Builder of the Year

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are pleased to announce that  Acclaim Health will be the recipient of the Genworth Community Builder of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence, live on Facebook, on Monday, June 22nd.

Acclaim Health is a registered charity providing extraordinary community care and support in Halton Region for over 90 years. Their goal is to provide the care people need to live well at home for as long as possible. Last year they cared for over 25,000 clients in Halton, two thirds of whom were over the age of 65. Their team of over 500 staff members and over 650 volunteers is committed to high quality care, and this is reflected their 97% client satisfaction rate, their exemplary standing – the highest possible – with Accreditation Canada, and are accredited with the Imagine Canada Standards program.

For isolated older adults they offer Friendly Visiting, Tele-Touch (reassurance phone calls), the Home Support Exercise Program (to improve strength, endurance and balance) and their Companion program, which fills the gap between what volunteers can provide and what the health care system can offer in terms of practical assistance in the home and with errands.

Their dementia care services consist of day programs for adults with dementia or other needs, caregiver support and education, and a Memory Visiting program provided by volunteers for those in the early stages of the disease.

Their end of life care includes Hospice Care for those choosing to die at home, bereavement support for families, and palliative care consultation for medical professionals to improve their knowledge and skill in hospice palliative care.

Their team of nurses and personal support workers provide the medical and personal care people need to maintain their physical health, including being the sole provider of home palliative care in Halton Region.

They have exciting developments on the horizon. Acclaim Health is in the process of opening a new, state-of-the-art dementia care centre which will be the gold standard for dementia care in the province! It will feature eight short stay overnight respite beds (the only ones in Halton Region), an expanded Adult Day Program with people with dementia, an Adult Day Program for older adults, caregiver support for families and best practices in dementia friendly design. The centre is expected to open in early 2021.

The community has built Acclaim Health, and Acclaim Health has harnessed the compassion, kindness and commitment of its community supporters, its volunteers, its donors and local partners to bring innovative care and support to some of the most vulnerable amongst us. Their leadership at both the local and provincial levels is making community care more accessible and more integrated for families in Oakville. 

Talk about building a community and bringing people together.