Community Impact Award

This award recognizes a registered not-for-profit organization, professional association, or business.  The organization/business has made an outstanding contribution to the social, cultural or economic well-being of the Carleton Place & District Area while exhibiting stability, maintaining a good relationship with its members, staff, volunteers, and customers, and demonstrates best business practices. The organization/business must be a member in good standing of the Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce at the time of the nomination deadline.

Nominees for the Community Impact Award are:

Black Tartan Kitchen –

Cosgrove Real Estate Team – The Cosgrove Real Estate Group is a boutique real estate team based in Carleton Place, Ontario. I started this company at the beginning of the pandemic with my wife Kaitey. We had moved to Carleton Place a few years earlier and fell in love with the historic small-town vibes. We love working in our community and collaborating with other small businesses. Our team assists our clients to navigate whichever phase of life they are in whether that means finding a rental for a college student, upsizing to that first single-family home, buying a cottage to enjoy seasonally, or downsizing once the nest is empty. We currently have a team of three realtors and one business coordinator. We recently purchased a commercial building on Bridge Street which we are renovating and will be our new office by the end of the year.

We are grateful to have such a wonderful network of past and present clients who continue to trust us with the biggest financial transactions of their lives and refer us to help their friends and family. In the last two years, our team has grown from 1 to 5 and we hope to keep that growth going in the next few years so we can continue to provide our clients with outstanding service.

We like to be very involved with the goings on in the community by attending as many Chamber of Commerce and BIA events as we can. We have forged strong relationships within the business community with our series of video vignettes on small businesses in Carleton Place. We hosted a food drive event this summer that raised funds and a mountain of donations for the Lanark County Food Bank / Hunger Stop. In the last two years, we have sponsored local equestrian competitions at Westar Farms, the Carleton Place Car Show, and the Word’s Strongest Disabled Athlete event. We look forward to participating in even more community events next year, as well as hosting events at our new building on Bridge Street.

Lanark County Interval House – Lanark County Interval House and Community Support offers emergency and on-going programs to women and children living in or escaping from domestic violence. We were founded in 1979 by a number of brave and determined feminists who saw the need in Lanark County for a safe place for women experiencing violence at home and in their relationship. The LCIHCS programming includes-
Shelter Program (emergency housing for women and children)
Child and Youth Programs (individual and group counseling)
Sexual Assault Support Programs (individual and group counseling services)
Second Stage House (safe and secure housing for up to 1 year)
Beyond Second Staging Housing (providing safe secure housing forup to 3 years)
Family Court support Program
Perseverance Pantry Program

Housing Advocacy Programs
In addition to the above, we offer a 24/7 Crisis Line for women: 1-800-267-7946 or 613-257-5960 or TTY 613-257-1952
Tell us about your important achievements to date focusing on this year specifically (ie. milestones, awards, recognition, new products, job creation, client testimonials)
Our leadership was presented the woman of distinction award in 2020/21 from the Attorney General
Our leadership was recently nominated for the Jack Layton award 2022
Our leadership was invited to be a member of the Renfrew County Inquest working group and

We belong to several active local groups.
• LC Sexaul Assault/Domestic Violence Advisory
• LC Community Safety and Well Being Plan
• LC Anti Racism working group
• Queer Connection Lanark
• Mississippi Mills Pride
We support active partnerships with the OPP, United Way, Lake 88 and Redefine Arts
We meet with and present to all local councils as well as County council
We participate in media outlet opportunities across our County and beyond