Association president Bill Veitch surprised with Al McLean Memorial Award Stratford and Area Builders’ Association (SABA) recognizes achievements and community contributions


The Stratford & Area Builders’ Association (SABA) has recognized its members’ achievements through the annual SABA Awards of Distinction.

Award categories demonstrate the diversity in SABA members and range from best residential project to energy efficiency award, most outstanding supplier, most outstanding subtrade to most outstanding builder.

SABA president Bill Veitch says this is a deliberate way to include as many of the members and member companies as possible. “The association comprises not only builders, but also suppliers, and professional companies who are a vital part of the homebuilding industry, and deserve recognition for the manner in which they conduct their business.”

He says members may nominate other members or their own company in the general award categories. Special awards, including the president’s awards, must be nominated.

“A small committee from the London Home Builders Association (LHBA) does the judging, eliminating any perception of conflict of interest or favouritism. This policy was implemented a few years ago to ensure the awards were fairly judged with no SABA participation or influence,” Veitch says.

The awards were presented in June.

Surprising to him, Veitch himself was honoured with the Al McLean Memorial Award. Named in recognition of past SABA board member, and past president of SABA and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association, Veitch says this is one of the association’s most prestigious awards. “I am truly blessed to be able to be part of this great association. Al was held in very high esteem by his peers and this award honours the memory of Al. His family is very appreciative that SABA annually presents this award.”

Although not all members in attendance received awards, Veitch says every member is a winner. “Our members’ devotion and support for SABA and the trades in the Stratford area is second to none.”

Here is the complete list of winners:

President’s Award: Daryl Pol

President’s Award: Cory Williamson

President’s Award: Harold Holland

Most Outstanding Contribution to the Community and Area in the Past Year: Gary Lingard

Al McLean Memorial Award – Greatest Contribution to the Association: Bill Veitch

Most Outstanding Builder/ Renovator of the Year: Bickell Built Homes Ltd.

Most Outstanding Professional Service: Construction Workplace & Safety Training Ltd.

Most Outstanding Renovated Kitchen: Casey’s Creative Kitchen

Best Website: Arky Designs/ NA Engineering

Best Project Signage: The Tricar Group

Most Outstanding New Non-Residential Project: Bickell Built Homes Ltd.

Most Outstanding New Bathroom: GCW Custom Kitchens & Cabinetry Inc.

Energy Efficiency Award: Pinnacle Quality Homes Inc.

Most Outstanding Supplier: Ed’s Concrete Products Ltd.

Most Outstanding Subtrade: Grand River Insulation Inc.

Most Outstanding Ad, Sales Brochure, Package: The Tricar Group

Most Outstanding New Home 1,600 to 2,600 sq. ft.: Bickell Built Homes Ltd.

Most Outstanding Renovated Bathroom: GCW Custom Kitchens & Cabinetry Inc.

Most Outstanding New Kitchen: Casey’s Creative Kitchens

Most Outstanding New Home under 1,600 sq. ft.: Pinnacle Quality Homes Inc.

Most Outstanding Outdoor Living or Landscape Project: Klomp’s Landscaping & Hot Tubs

Most Outstanding Company Logo: Titan Automation

Most Outstanding Multi-Residential Project, Condo or Townhouse: Bickell Built Homes Ltd.

Best Design/ Décor Sales or Office Display: Earthpark Homes (Stratford) Inc.

Most Outstanding Renovation/ Addition over $75,000: Pinnacle Quality Homes Inc.

Most Outstanding Renovated Non-Residential Project: Larry Otten Contracting Inc.


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