Awards and Recognition

The Seneca Regional Chambers understands the importance of recognizing the people in our community that are making a difference. We present several different awards to more than deserving individuals at our Annual Meeting and Educators Appreciation Breakfast each year. Continue reading to learn more about our signature awards of the Outstanding Educator Award, the Above and Beyond Award, the Women's Career Excellence Award, The Ambassador of the Year, and the Outstanding Citizenship Award. Each award winner is more than deserving and we thank them for their continued dedication to Seneca County! To see a full listing of previous award winners, please click below!

Previous Award Winners


Outstanding Educator Award

The Outstanding Educator Award, is presented by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Annual Educators’ Appreciation Breakfast to an educator who has exemplified vision, leadership qualities, and commitment to the improvement of education. The award serves to recognize and honor outstanding achievement in the field of education, inspire the recipients to embrace the qualities and characteristics required to advance the education profession, and encourage other educators to aspire to make a difference in the education of youth to shape a better future.


 outstanding educator NOMINATION FORM


Above & Beyond Award

 The Above and Beyond award that will honor an educator or group for something they are doing or have done to make an impact on students and/or the community. This award is not given every year, but is chosen by the Chamber team. The Above & Beyond Award was created to recognize those educators who are thinking creatively to solve the problems that face the world of education today. If you have suggestions for someone who is deserving of this award, please send them our way.



Women's Career Excellence Award

The Women’s Career Excellence Award recognizes the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the community and recognizes those who support them.  The Women’s Career Excellence Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and who also open paths so that others may follow.
    • Demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession;
    • Provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
    • Assist women in reaching their full leadership potential.

 A Selection Committee consisting of past Award Recipients will review all nomination forms and select the Women’s Career Excellence Award recipient.  The recipient will be announced at the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. 


Women's Career Excellence Nomination form


Ambassador of the Year

Newly established award that honors an individual that assists the Chamber in fulfilling our mission of supporting small businesses and the community. The Chamber Ambassadors are a group of community leaders that meet once a month to discuss what's happening at their organizations and in the community. The Ambassador of the Year is chosen by the Chamber team and The Ambassador of the Year goes beyond the expectations of an Ambassador, serves as a role model and leads by example for fellow ambassadors, and is an asset to the success of our organization. 



Outstanding Citizenship Award

The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce, each year at its Annual Dinner Meeting, honors an individual who has proven himself/herself to be outstanding among his/her peers in the areas of professional competence, civic contribution and personal qualities.

Factors considered:

  • Success in chosen profession
  • Volunteerism and community service
  • personal qualities including highest ethical and moral standards


Carol Yager Excellence in Tourism Award

The award honors an individual (or individuals), groups, projects, and programs that support, empower, and believe in tourism throughout Seneca County. This award's namesake, Carol Yager, was a trailblazer and a true pioneer for the spirit of tourism in Seneca County. As a small business owner, a leader of tourism and group travel in the county, as a mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, Carol set the tone for what doing good in the community looks like through her servant leadership for more than 40 years. 


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