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VERY happy after winning the Early Childhood Centre Award category, as she did last year and in 2016, Peachtree Kindergarten Director Katherine Boctor wasn’t even paying attention when the Business of the Year winner’s name was announced.

“We were only hoping to win the silver, our category, and when they called out our name for Business of the Year, it was an incredible surprise,” Katherine said.
“It’s so great for the staff and all of our families and shows we are going from strength to strength. When we bought the Yagoona centre, it was very rundown and so now we’ve gone from nothing to be the best in the area.
“We do strive to provide excellent care and because we are not huge, we can operate more like a family and treat each child as if it was our own; we’ve had families move out of the area but stay with us because they say nothing compares to the warmth and love at Peachtree.”
Likewise, Vicky Kiriazis of Acropolis Funeral Services in Earlwood, had her fingers crossed to win her category of Professional Services, which she did, and then when her name was called as Business Person of the Year, she almost fell off her seat.

“It was such a big shock; first awards I’ve won in my life,” she said.
“I was excited just to be a finalist but wasn’t expecting to come away with two wins.”
Vicky explained she had built her business from scratch after starting as a receptionist in the funeral industry and learning as much as she could.
“We also do a lot of charity work and support nursing homes in the area,” she said.
“It is such a big honour to win.”
The Heights Cafe owner Rema Najjarine said it was not a big surprise to win the Cafe Award category for the second year in a row.
“But it’s always so nice to hear your name called out,” she said.
“I want to thank all of our Revesby Heights customers and our fantastic staff who work so hard; it doesn’t mean we’re better than anyone else but we’re certainly on the right track and it was great to win again.”