Tessier and Snyder are this year's Chamber Extra Mile winnersFriday, August 23, 2013 by: Jamie LyleCarrie Delongchamp-Robinson and Crystal Thompson, co-chairs of the Extra Mile Committee present the grand prize award to Gib Tessier of the North Bay Regional Health Centre, along with Chamber President Derek Shogren. Missing from the photo is the co-winner of this year’s grand prize Janet Snyder who wasn’t able to attend the event as she was on shift at the CCU at the hospital this evening. Congratulations to both ladies. Photo provided.
On Thursday evening, the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce announced their 2013 Extra Mile Grand Prize Winners, awarding them with the $1,000 dollar grand prize for excellence in customer service in the community, during the Extra Mile Cruise.
A breathtakingly beautiful sunset on Lake Nipissing was the perfect backdrop for the winner's announcement, with awards given to not one, but two nominees who were acknowledged by the chamber for their work ethic and for their personal contributions in making North Bay a better place to work and to live.
Set adrift aboard the Chief Commanda II with an 80's theme, the stories of all the nominees were reflected upon and a winner, or should I say, winners, were chosen.
This year's Extra Mile Award for excellence in customer service went to Gib Tessier. Also sharing in the award for the 2013 Grand Prize Winner is Janet Snyder.
Both Tessier and Snyder were nominated for their extra special skills in patient care, for being a huge asset to the community, whom have the task of helping those with complex and emotional medical issues that are often reoccurring and long lasting.
“It's overwhelming,” says Tessier, who humbly added, “I feel that I was only doing my job.”
Oddly enough Tessier retired from her lifelong career on the same day she won the award, which fell, even more ironically, upon her birthday.
Tessier, who works as a nurse at the Pacemaker Clinic at the North Bay Regional Health Centre, says that she was nominated by a patient, who felt that both Tessier and Snyder have exceptional service skills and whom always seem to go above and beyond their calls of duty.
While Tessier says she's very flattered by the nomination and the win, she maintains that she treats all her clients exactly in the same friendly and caring manner.
“We do it for every client,” Tessier says.
The other grand prize winner, Janet Snyder, also works at the Pacemaker Clinic, and is so obviously dedicated to her high degree of professionalism that she couldn't make the awards ceremony.
Tessier says that Snyder will be thrilled to know that she is an inspiration to many who work around the city and to visitors alike.
Derek Shogren, president of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce, says this event is the focus of the Chamber every year for the past 10 years, highlighting the exceptional people who live and work in the community who service other people and help make our city a place that is beyond ordinary.
Shogren says he isn't surprised by the humbleness of this year's winners, adding “It just goes to show that there are people in North Bay that don't think it's anything other than part of their job to give good customer service and that's what it's all about.”