Toni Buys, corporate governance officer at Independent Bank, was presented with the Business Woman of the Year award at the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Annual Awards at the Ionia Theater on January 29. Buys received the award from the Ionia Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW).

When she accepted the award Buys said, “I have a deep love for the Ionia community and giving back which was instilled in me by my father, Tony Balice.”

Buys was chosen as the award recipient because of her vast community involvement and support of women. She is a member of the Ex Libris Guild, Ionia County Substance Abuse Initiative, Martin Luther King Planning Committee and BPW. She is co-chair of the BPW’s Koeze Fundraiser and the Sparrow Ionia Hospital Health Care Advocates. She is also involved with the Ionia Public Schools and St. Peter and Paul Church.