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For Immediate Release
[9 September 2013]

(Fredericton, NB) – The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Wilkins Home Building Centre as it inaugural recipient of the KPMG Resilience Award.

New for the chamber's 2013 Business Excellence Awards, the KPMG Resilience Award recognizes a business that has overcome a major challenge that was not exclusively financial in nature. Perseverance is a quality that most successful businesses possess and this year's winner of the KPMG Resilience Award, Wilkins Home Building Centre, has overcome perhaps the greatest challenge for a family-owned company – the death of a family member who is also a co-owner of the business.

"The resilience shown by Wilkins Home Building Centre during this difficult year is truly commendable and we're pleased to present them with the KPMG Resilience Award," said Todd MacIntosh, Managing Partner for KPMG in New Brunswick. "KPMG is committed to supporting the growth and prosperity of local business communities in Fredericton and across New Brunswick."

Wilkins Home Building Centre began in the early 1950s as Wilkins Woodworking – founded by Fred Wilkins. In 1973, Fred Wilkins' son Vaughan and son-in-law Wayne Clarke took over the company and began selling building supplies for commercial and residential construction, with a corresponding name change to Wilkins Building Supplies. In the early 1990s, Vaughan left the company and Wayne brought in his two sons, Mitch and Rod to continue operating as a family business for a third generation.

When Mitch suddenly passed away in July 2011, his family not only had to deal with the emotional trauma of his death, but also a change in the leadership structure of the business. In addition to the workload of three being split between two people, Wayne was forced to postpone his pending retirement and Rod had to learn and effectively execute Mitch's duties in short order. Chief amongst these was the business development side of the operation – critical to maintaining their position in the local market.

Wilkins has been long-time supporters of many community initiatives, particularly involving youth sports. They have also been longtime members of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Home Builders Association, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses and the Atlantic Building Supplies Dealers Association – all communities in their own right.

Today, Wilkins' continues to serve the needs of the greater Fredericton area and just this past spring signed on to become part of the Home Hardware Stores Ltd. Group, a move that both provides a regional distribution network and national brand awareness while maintaining their independence and ensuring many more years of being an active part of the community.

The Fredericton chamber has been hosting the Business Excellence Awards each year since 1983.

Tickets to the event can be purchased through the chamber website at www.frederictonchamber.ca or by contacting Stacey Murray, chamber event manager at 451-9741.

With more than 900 members, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is one of Atlantic Canada's largest chambers of commerce. A dynamic business organization, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is actively engaged in policy development that affects the competitiveness of our members and of the Canadian business environment.

Contact:  Stacey Murray, Event Manager - (506) 451-9741.

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