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BGH manager is Young Professional of the Year

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Melissa Berquist, a program manager at Brockville General Hospital, is Brockville’s Young Professional of the Year.

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The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce on Thursday made the announcement, the second in a series of 2020 Awards of Excellence releases, at a Young Professionals Network event.

Earlier this week, the chamber announced that Dr. Andrew Jordan is Citizen of the Year.

Berquist is the program manager for the medical and surgical and women and children’s inpatient programs at BGH.

She previously managed the forensic unit at the Brockville Mental Health Centre.

Chamber officials noted she volunteers with CrossFit BECC and has previously volunteered with the Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter of Cornwall and coached youth basketball in Ottawa.

Berquist holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing, a Masters degree in nursing and a Masters of Business Administration degree.

She is currently pursuing the Certified Health Executive designation, which includes the LEADS Canada Leadership program.

Before her return to school to pursue nursing, she was an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces.

The chamber will honour Berquist at its annual awards gala, which will take a different form this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While usually held in early November as a lavish event at the Memorial Centre community hall, this year’s gala will be “drive-in cinema style,” on Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Sunnidell Golf Course.

Before then, the chamber is expected to announce this year’s Business Person of the Year, as well as the recipient of the President’s Award.

At the mid-October event, the chamber will announce the award winners in the remaining categories: Business of The Year, Small Business of The Year, Community Excellence Award, the Tourism Award and the Ben Tekamp Award.

The chamber is expected to release the finalists ahead of the event.

Chamber officials reiterated that seating at the drive-in event is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance online or at the Chamber office.

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