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Sharon Monical Fort Macleod’s Citizen of the Year

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Fort Macleod Chamber president Srecko Ponjavic presented the Citizen of the Year award Wednesday to Sharon Monical.

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Fort Macleod Chamber president Srecko Ponjavic presented the Community Enhancement Award to Henk Vanee.

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Fort Macleod Chamber president Srecko Ponjavic presented the Customer Service Award to Bruce Robertson.

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Fort Macleod Chamber president Srecko Ponjavic presented the Outstanding Business Award to Leon Fieret of Fix Auto.

A woman always willing to lend a hand but who never seeks the limelight was honoured Wednesday as Fort Macleod’s 2012 Citizen of the Year.
Sharon Monical received the award during the annual awards banquet at Fort Macleod and District Community Hall.
“She is one of the individuals you can count on,” Chamber of Commerce president Srecko Ponjavic said. “She is always willing to help.”
In addition to Monical, award winners were Fix Auto, Henk Vanee and Bruce Robertson.
Ponjavic told the 25 people at the banquet that Monical is deserving of the Citizen of the Year award.
“She is an example of giving back to you community,” Ponjavic said. “Sharon never seeks glory. She does it out of a sense of community.”
Monical is in her fourth term on town council, and is council’s representative on a number of committees and boards.
Prior to being elected to council in 2001, Monical volunteered with a number of community groups, including Minor Hockey and Cubs and Scouts.
Monical also helps out with organizations, even though she may not be a member, taking on jobs such as selling tickets and working at casinos.
“She does so much,” Ponjavic said. “It’s truly inspiring.”
Monical laughed and said when she first started volunteering, it wasn’t by choice. She had signed her sons Beau and Dusty up for baseball, and soon found herself conscripted as a volunteer.
She has never looked back, answering most every call for volunteers.
“It truly is a pleasure,” Monical said. “It helps you grow.”
Monical urged other Fort Macleod residents to support their community through volunteering.
“Sometimes you have to stray outside your comfort zone,” Monical admitted.
Monical in 1999 was recognized as one of the town’s “Volunteer Stars” along with Jean Robertson, Maryanne Segboer, Eileen Moltzahn and Diana Nadeau. The program was started by Family and Community Support Services.
Over the years Monical has volunteered for many organizations including Minor Hockey, Minor Ball, Cubs and Scouts, Santa Claus Parade, the Chamber of Commerce and the Empress Theatre, to name just a few.
“It’s a labour of love,” Monical said.
Ponjavic urged other Fort Macleod residents to follow the example set by Sharon Monical.
“It’s people like Sharon who truly make the community of Fort Macleod a place to be proud to call home,” Ponjavic said. “She does so much.”
The Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday also presented awards for Outstanding Business, Community Enhancement and Customer Service.
Outstanding Business
Leon Fieret of Fix Auto — formerly LF Collision — was honoured as the Outstanding Business
“This individual and the business that he runs represents truly some of the great characteristics of Fort Macleod,” Ponjavic said. “He’s a go-getter. He wants to have things done right away and he’s not afraid to go after them.”
The Chamber’s Outstanding Business Award recognizes dedication by a local business to development and growth.
Fieret recently formed a partnership with Fix Auto that will allow his business to concentrate heavily on autobody repair.
Fieret and his company recently completed major additions to its building on 12th Street.
Customer Service
Bruce Robertson, the pharmacy manager at Rexall Pharmacy, received the Chamber’s Customer Service Award.
“He’s quite a friendly face, and he’s always willing to help,” Ponjavic said.
Robertson came to Fort Macleod in 1997 after working at Regina and Lethbridge.
Ponjavic said the pharmacist has become an integral part of the community, both in his work and outside of the business.
“You can always trust him to give you the best advice and help,” Ponjavic said. “It’s that selfless dedication to customer service and going the extra mile that really sets Bruce apart.”
Community Enhancement
Henk Vanee was honoured with the Community Enhancement Award for his dedication to economic development in Fort Macleod.
A longtime member of the Fort Macleod Economic Development Commission, Vanee has dedicated himself to growing business in the town and region.
“He tirelessly and selflessly works at promoting this area,” Ponjavic said.
The Chamber’s Community Enhancement Award goes to people who have shown outstanding community spirit and support.
“This award goes to an individual who represents economic development on the home front,” Ponjavic said of Vanee. “All of his children have their own businesses, and they’re all around this area.”
Vanee, who is also a member of the advisory board for the Rural Alberta Business Centre in Fort Macleod, has made numerous trips to Holland to promote business opportunities in Fort Macleod and region.
“He is one of the friendliest but still business-minded individuals that I have met,” Ponjavic said. “He runs a successful business.”
Ponjavic said Vanee, who runs H&H Excavating, stood out to the Chamber’s award selection committee.