Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce will honor businesses and individuals at its Chamber Awards Gala, from 6-11 p.m. Friday, April 28, at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.
Thomas Deal has been chosen by Town of Lewiston supervisor and council as the 2017 Town of Lewiston Citizen of the Year. Deal has given his time and valuable resources to help improve the quality of life for residents of our community. Many local projects have been able to achieve their goals, because of his selfless dedication.
Deal and his wife, Cheryl, have been residents of Lewiston for the past 24 years, and they own and operate Deal Realty on Center Street. Having raised daughters Hannah, Taylor and Brooke in Lewiston, Deal understands why people choose to live in this region.
Family is the most important aspect of his life, and he works hard to ensure other families are able to enjoy activities in our community. As the chairman of the Town of Lewiston Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee, Deal knows the importance of projects that impact the youth in the community. He also sponsors both Lewiston youth baseball and softball, which provide local kids an opportunity to play sports throughout the summer.
As the recent winter season approached, funds were not available for the Lewiston Family Ice Rink. The rink, a highlight activity during the holiday season and winter months, was in danger of not opening for the 2016-17 season. Deal led a grassroots effort to gain financial support from the community. He worked with Parks and Recreation Director Mike Dashineau to contact local businesses to sponsor the rink, while also working through the operational aspects of the rink to see if it could be saved.
Phone calls, emails, social media posts and coverage by the local media all made a difference in leveraging enough support to keep the rink open. The rink had a successful season, and even celebrated an engagement on center ice!
As a member of the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, Deal heard the news a few years ago that the chamber was in need of a Santa Claus for the annual Lewiston Christmas Walk. One of his Realtors from Deal Realty, Vince Canosa, agreed to step in as Santa, and a new partnership was formed.
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