TORONTO – Nancy Smithers, of Naturally Nova Scotia, was recently recognized with the Organic Achievement Award at the annual Canadian Health Food Association’s Expo East held in Toronto in early October.
In accepting the award, Smithers remembered her start producing herbal tinctures in her Nova Scotia kitchen in 1993: she chopped the tough roots of plants such as yellow dock, which was thought to benefit the digestive tract, liver and skin. She started Naturally Nova Scotia a year later and, today, the company is Canada’s leading manufacturer and distributor of certified-organic, whole-food natural health products with a 30,000 square-foot manufacturing facility on a 250-acre organic farm, employing more than 30 people.
The CHFA award adds to Nancy’s list of achievements: a Premier’s Commendation recognizing leadership in Quality Management Practice in 2004; a Nova Scotia Women of Excellence Award in 2007 and, most recently, an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, which recognized her entrepreneurial contribution and ongoing support for academic research in the herbal sciences.
East Expo returns to Toronto October 21-24, 2010.