An award to honour the spirit of an entrepreneur who spent more than 50 years behind her counter on Portland Street.
The Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission* (DDBC) is thrilled to accept nominations for the Gloria Fisher Business Person of the Year Award to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs who are making a significant contribution to downtown Dartmouth.
The award honours one of our community’s most beloved business pioneers, Gloria Fisher, who ran Fisher’s Stationery on Portland Street for more than half century.
The Gloria Fisher Business Person of the Year Award will be given to a downtown Dartmouth business person who demonstrates an excellent level of business standards and ethics, plus leadership, creativity, vision and entrepreneurial spirit. The winner also shows concern and provides support for fellow members of the business community and the people in our neighbourhood. Moreover, they foster awareness and promote Downtown Dartmouth whenever and wherever possible.
ABOUT GLORIA FISHER
Gloria Fisher opened Fisher’s Stationery on Portland Street in 1959. She ran the business until her retirement in 2014 at the age of 93. Customers remember Gloria fondly as a kind, hard-working shop owner who went the extra mile for her customers and greeted everyone she knew by name.
“My grandmother saw the rise and fall of Portland Street over the decades. She wanted to stay in business long enough to see downtown Dartmouth thrive again. I am pleased to say she succeeded, in fact she witnessed the beginning of downtown Dartmouth’s revitalization from her own shop window,” says Darren Fisher, MP Dartmouth Cole Harbour.
ELIGIBILITY FOR THE GLORIA FISHER BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD
An individual who owns, or is employed by, a business in Downtown Dartmouth is eligible for the Award. An individual or individual(s) can be nominated for the award or nominate themselves.
A committee selected by the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission (DDBC) will review nominations and select the recipient of the Award to be presented at the DDBC Annual General Meeting in June 2020.
The 2019 winner of the award is Jane MacDougald, owner of The Dart Gallery and co-owner of Picnic at Dart.
HOW TO APPLY
1) Please provide a short bio of the nominee, their business & community involvement and comment on any recent successes.
2) Please write an additional paragraph or more to comment specifically on how the nominee demonstrates:
- an excellent level of business standards and ethics;
- leadership, creativity, vision and entrepreneurial spirit;
- concern and provides support for fellow members of the business community, our customers and the people in our neighbourhood; and,
- fosters awareness and promotes Downtown Dartmouth whenever and wherever possible.
3) Nominations are open until May 31st, 2020 and can be mailed or emailed to:
Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission
163 Portland St.,