TORONTO, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) honoured
eight independent retailers as the 2012 inductees into the Canadian
Retail Hall of Fame. This award is typically presented to an executive
who has demonstrated leadership in advancing and promoting retail and
retail as a career in Canada. However, this year RCC is recognizing a
group of leaders who exemplify the spirit of this special award.
The 2012 Canadian Retail Hall of Fame Inductees are:
Sandra Avery, Owner/Manager, A Special Touch Inc., St. John's, NL.
Bob Ianson, Co-Owner, Heirloom Linens, Victoria, BC.
Misti Mussato, Co-Owner, Toy Jungle Enterprises Inc., Vancouver, BC.
Diane Petryna, President, Take a Hike!, Thunder Bay, ON.
Ron Pradinuk, President, Journeys Travel & Leisure SuperCentre,
Fred Pritchard, Vice-President, Golda's Kitchen Inc., Mississauga, ON.
Paul Simmonds, President, Robert Simmonds Inc., Fredericton, NB.
Betsy Thomas, Owner, Boutique Bummis, Montréal, QC.
"On behalf of the retail industry we are proud to honour this
outstanding group of retailers for their vision and commitment to
entrepreneurship," says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, RCC. "As
members of RCC's Independent Retailer Task Force, this group enabled us
to chart a course that - at its core - focused on providing community
involvement, leadership development and lifelong learning opportunities
for independent retailers and their employees across Canada."
The 2012 inductees join a notable list of past recipients including John
Stanton, Running Room Canada Inc. (2011); Paul Straus, Home Hardware
Stores Ltd. (2010); Fred Singer, Henry Singer Fashion Group (2009);
Stephen Bebis, Golf Town (2008).
About Retail Council of Canada
Retail Council of Canada, founded in 1963, is a not-for-profit,
industry-funded association representing more than 45,000 store fronts
of all retail formats across Canada, including department, grocery,
specialty, discount, and independent stores, and online merchants. RCC
is the Voice of Retail in Canada. We speak for an industry that touches
the daily lives of Canadians in every corner of the country — by
providing jobs, career opportunities, and by investing in communities.
SOURCE Retail Council of Canada
For further information:
VP Communications and Marketing, RCC
416 922-0553 ext. 228