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Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for Citizen of the Year

Fort Macleod residents have just over two weeks to submit nominations to honour the town’s brightest stars.
Nomination deadline for the annual Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce 2016 awards is Friday, Feb. 26.
The awards will be presented at the annual awards gala on Thursday, March 17.
Chamber vice-president Josh Buesekom said Thursday nominations have been slow to come in so far this year.
“Last year we had a lot,” Buesekom said at the Chamber meeting Thursday at the offices of YPM.
Topping the list of award categories is Citizen of the Year, which is presented to an individual who embodies the spirit of community co-operation and generosity through volunteer service.
The Community Enhancement Award goes to a business, organization or individual who has shown outstanding community spirit and support.
The Small Business Award is presented to a business with one to five employees that shows outstanding community spirit, support and customer service.
The Customer Service Award is presented to a business that is dedicated to exceeding customer expectations, delivering industry leading standards of serve and are creative and innovative with customer experience.
The Employee Service Award goes to an outstanding individual, team or employee who has presented an excellent ongoing level of customer service.
The Agricultural Business Award recognizes a business that promotes local, natural resources in a sustainable way.
The Chamber recognizes a business that is operated out of a residence successfully and benefits the community with the Home-Based Business Award.
A business that is just starting out and has demonstrated “notable” achievements will be recognized with the New Business Award.
The Chamber of Commerce also presents the Outstanding Business Award, which goes to a business that is nominated in one of the other categories.
Nominations can be submitted through the Chamber of Commerce Web site, by e-mail at fmchamber1888 or to P.O. Box 178.
Award recipients in 2015 were Citizen of the Year Linda Ripley, ATB Financial (Outstanding Business), Tru Hardware (Small Business), Fort Macleod Playground Committee (Community Enhancement), Fort Pharmacy (Customer Service), Barb Skog (Employee Service), Gurney Land and Livestock (Agricultural Business), Cafe Orange and Perfect Touch Massage (Home-Based Business).

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