Gingered Peach owner Joanne Canady-Brown, honored with community service award

Joanne Canady-Brown, owner of the Gingered Peach in Lawrenceville.

Joanne Canady-Brown has been selected as one of this year’s Impact Awards recipients for her commitment to community service. The Impact Awards are conferred every year by NonProfitConnect, the Mercer County–based nonprofit committed to building an increasingly diverse, skilled, and engaged group of nonprofit board and staff leaders. The honorees will be celebrated at NonProfitConnect’s Annual Impact Awards event on Thursday, October 29, starting at 5:30pm. This year’s sponsors including presenting sponsor Your Part-Time Controller and platinum sponsors NRG and NJM Insurance Group.

“As an organization committed to building nonprofit capacity, we are eager to recognize and honor individuals and organizations in our community that are engaging fellow community members and giving of themselves,” said Allison Howe, NonProfitConnect’s executive director. “As we face unprecedented challenges, it is inspiring to see local companies and leaders rallying resources to keep our nonprofits supported.”

Canady-Brown is being recognized with the Liz Erickson Impact Award. The award is named for the late Elizabeth Erickson, a champion for Princeton-area community service. Canady-Brown, the owner of local bakery The Gingered Peach, has been intimately involved in the Mercer County community. She has used sales of her tasty baked goods to raise several thousand dollars for multiple nonprofits including activating her “Dazzle Doughnuts” to support Young Audiences, a nonprofit supporting arts programs for children to her “Blackout Cookies,” which boast a delightful mix of black and white swirls to fund I Am Trenton, a nonprofit supporting Trenton community projects. During the pandemic, she continued her partnership with TASK to bring potato rolls to food insecure residents and provided trays of pastries to hospital providers who had not received other appreciation.

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  1. Well-deserved award! Joanne is an incredible person and businesswoman. Her ability to succeed in the current circumstances is a testament to her creativity and heart. We in Lawrenceville are so glad and grateful that she opened her wonderful bakery here in our little town. The Gingered Peach is THE BEST.

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