Debi Macleod isn’t someone who wants to be featured in the spotlight.

You’re much more likely to find her in the kitchen than on the stage but according to the customers of her business, Avenue Cakery & Bakeshoppe, she deserves some recognition.

The bakery has been open for 10 years and is a well-known and loved staple in the community.

Last year, Macleod added something even more amazing to her dessert lineup when she created plant-based products that are corn, soy and sugar free and vegan so those with autoimmune diseases have access to something delicious.

“The fact that Debi spent time to do this really shows her love of her clients and care for their well-being,” says Lisa Ammirati, a regular at Avenue Cakery & Bakeshoppe.

“I have never met a fellow businesswoman who is so deeply caring and involved in her business and outside of her business.”

In addition to countless other acts of generosity, Macleod donates food from the bakery to Airdrie Food Bank every day and to Calgary Helping Homeless Community every Saturday.

“Giving back to the community is a no brainer to me,” she says.

“Why wouldn’t you? It’s how you keep your doors open. We are still a small business and I feel humbled every day that people want to walk through our door and support us.”