7:30 a.m., Jan. 22)
Pantry Plus, nutritionist author among
inaugural Leadership in Health Award recipients
By Fred Sherwin
(L to r) Ruth Lewis-Tracht, Adrian Delorey,
Emile Chenier, Linda Chenier and Kathy Smart
are the recipients of the first annual Orléans
Leadership in Health Awards. Fred Sherwin/Photo
first-ever Orléans Leadership in Health Awards were handed
out on Saturday to four lucky recipients and a family-run
business that has been serving health conscious residents
for the past 20 years.
Pantry Plus first opened its doors in 1992, it was primarily
a bulk food store. But over time, as the health food craze
began to take off and customers started asking for different
food supplements the business responded and it soon became
the top health food store in Orléans.
Sunday the store's owners Gilles and Linda Chenier received
a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Orléans Health and
much has changed over the past 20 years. Customers are
much more aware of what's out there and what they want,"
said Linda Chenier in accepting the store's award with
her daughter Emilie.
other awards were handed out in the categories of Eating
Well, Thinking Well, Being Fit and Going Green.
winner of the Eating Well Award was Orléans nutritionist,
author and budding multi-media star Kathy Smart.
author of the glutten-free cookbook, "Live The Smart
Way" and host of the Roger's television show by the
same name, was thrilled to receive her award.
means so much to me. I feel like I'm at the Academy Awards,"
said Smart who was disgnosed with a gluten allergy when
she was 12. "Since I was little so many foods weren't
available to me. It's nice to see that things are changing
and more foods are being made. It's always been my passion
to help people eat healthier and live healthier."
instructor and entrepreneur Adrian Delorey shares Smart's
passion for educating others on the benefits of living
a healthier lifestyle. The two recently launched a joint
venture on the Internet entitled renegadesofhealth.tv
which is designed to dispel common fitness and nutrition
is the owner of the Orléans Adventure Boot Camp
and the 180° Fitness gym. His credo in both business
and life is to practice what you preach.
important to be able to walk the walk," said Delorey
who won an Orleans People Choice Business Award for Young
Business Person of the Year in 2007 and Best Service Business
Go Green Award was presented to Shaklee products distributor
Ruth Lewis-Tractch who first got into the business in
years ago people were not that aware of the effects of
chemicals on the environment and in their homes. Now they
are more aware and are looking for better products,"
said Lewis-Tracht who was among the 90 exhibitors at this
year's Health and Wellness Expo.
Think Well Award went to Linda Therien, founder of the
Living Health Healing Centre and a master teacher in Dimensional
Leadership In Health Awards were the centrepiece of this
year's Health and Wellness Expo which attracted more than
90 exhibitors were on hand at the Shenkman Arts Centre
providing information on everything from reiki massage
to the latest in eco-friendly cleaning products and socks
made out of Alpaca wool. Another 40 exhibitors had to
be turned away due to a lack of space.
a break in Saturday's event, co-organizer Dr. Nathalie
Beauchamp said that she and partner Deborah MacDonald
were thrilled with the quality of this year's exhibitors
and even happier with the turnout.
haven't been able to get an exact figure on the attendance,
but it is definitely higher than last year," said
year's Expo included several new exhibitors including
the Family Physiotherapy Centre and the Massage and Treatment
Both businesses decided to come to the Expo to increase
the type of business that people only need when they're
injured or they've been referred to us. It's important
that we get our name out there and people know where we
are and what we do," said Family Physiotherapy manager
and Treatment Clinic co-owner Julie Tessier-Woodcock echoed
lot of people don't know where we are so this really helps
us educate potential clients," she said.
businesses said they plan to come back next year.
story was made possible thanks to the
generous support of our local
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