It is with great pleasure that we able to announce today that Oxford Learning has been selected as the recipient for three awards from the Canadian Franchise Association, a Franchisees’ Choice Designation Award for traditional franchises with over 100 locations, a Franchisee of the Year Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award for our founder, Dr. Nick Whitehead.
For the third consecutive year, Oxford Learning has been awarded a Franchisees’ Choice Designation. The Franchisees’ Choice Designation (FCD) honours CFA member franchise systems with exceptional rankings in franchisee satisfaction. Franchisees’ Choice Designees are companies that exceed the benchmark standard in the CFA Awards Program survey. It is an honour to be recognized by our franchisees for the third year in a row for exemplary business standards. We proudly add the 2020 award badge to our website this year.
While it was the third time that Oxford Learning won the Franchisees’ Choice Designation, 2020 marks the first time that Oxford Learning won two other very important prestigious awards from the CFA—The Franchisee of The Year Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Franchisee of the Year Award, category Gold, was awarded to Oxford Learning franchisee Seema Ahluwalia. Seema and her husband Indar operate the Oxford Learning Kitsilano, Steveston, and Richmond, BC locations. Seema was also the second-place runner-up in the Top Franchisee in the World competition held in January held by the CFA along with The Business Exchange. This is only the second time that the Canadian Franchise Association offered this award, and we are thrilled that a member of our franchise community was the recipient of this prestigious award. Oxford Learning would like to extend its congratulations to Seema on securing this award in recognition of her outstanding work in her centres, her contributions to her community, and for being a superstar ambassador for the Oxford Learning brand.
The 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes exceptional achievement and contribution to both Canadian franchising and the community at large through demonstrated excellence throughout one’s lifetime and career in franchising.
We could not be more proud that Oxford Learning’s founder and former CEO, Dr. Nick Whitehead, is the recipient of this award this year. Nick founded Oxford Learning in 1984 as a single learning centre in London, ON. The first franchise location opened in 1991 in Burlington, ON. Since that time, Oxford Learning has grown to more than 125 locations across Canada, with additional locations in the Caribbean and the Middle East, and a US division operating as GradePower Learning.
It was Dr. Whitehead’s vision, passion, and engagement with the learning process that brought Oxford Learning to life; his charisma and warmth attracted—and continues to attract—prospective franchisees to the company, and it is his unwavering commitment to helping children realize their fullest potential in both school and in life that is the underlying drive behind every successful Oxford Learning franchise location.
We wish to congratulate both Seema Ahluwalia and Dr. Whitehead for receiving these awards from the Candian Franchise Association.
While the CFA Awards Ceremony was canceled this year due to Covid-19, we created this video for Nick to show our appreciation and to celebrate his legacy.