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Ronda Reach named Fort Macleod’s Citizen of the Year

Ronda Reach accepted the Citizen of the Year Award from Brian Nelson and Domiec Holwerda.

Ronda Reach accepted the Citizen of the Year Award from Brian Nelson and Domiec Holwerda.

Alana Oudshoorn from Fairwind Farms accepted the Agricultural Business Award from Sharon Lecocq.

Alana Oudshoorn from Fairwind Farms accepted the Agricultural Business Award from Sharon Lecocq.

Brian Nelson presented the Community Enhancement Award to Emilene Koptelaar from Hansen Family Foods.

Brian Nelson presented the Community Enhancement Award to Emilene Koptelaar from Hansen Family Foods.

Michelle Harris of Fort Pharmacy accepted the Customer Service Award from Brian Nelson.

Michelle Harris of Fort Pharmacy accepted the Customer Service Award from Brian Nelson.

Deputy Mayor Brent Feyter and economic development manager Virginia Wishart presented a 50th anniversary award to Don McLean of Don's Barber Shop.

Deputy Mayor Brent Feyter and economic development manager Virginia Wishart presented a 50th anniversary award to Don McLean of Don’s Barber Shop.

Becky Housenga of Going Green -- EnviroClean accepted the Home-Based Business Award from Theo Vanee.

Becky Housenga of Going Green — EnviroClean accepted the Home-Based Business Award from Theo Vanee.

Iris Krosse of Sinkel Floral Design accepted the New Business Award from Town of Fort Macleod economic development manager Virginia Wishart.

Iris Krosse of Sinkel Floral Design accepted the New Business Award from Town of Fort Macleod economic development manager Virginia Wishart.

Carissa Paiha, Alissa Wollersheim and Tammy Paiha of Chinook Financial accepted the Outstanding Business Award from Brian Nelson.

Carissa Paiha, Alissa Wollersheim and Tammy Paiha of Chinook Financial accepted the Outstanding Business Award from Brian Nelson.

Deputy Mayor Brent Feyter and economic development manager Virginia Wishart presented awards to Jodi Litle of Perfect Touch Massage and Theo Vanee of Westco Construction for 25 years in business.

Deputy Mayor Brent Feyter and economic development manager Virginia Wishart presented awards to Jodi Litle of Perfect Touch Massage and Theo Vanee of Westco Construction for 25 years in business.

Ronda Reach is Fort Macleod’s 2016 Citizen of the Year.
Reach was honoured Thursday during the Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards Gala.
“Ronda has gone above and beyond the call of duty with her volunteer activities in the community,” Chamber treasurer Brian Nelson said. “She tirelessly volunteers on several committees while giving her time generously.”
“She is committed to the well-being of her community as is shown by her willingness to jump in with new initiatives and get involved.”
The Chamber also presented awards to Chinook Financial, Village Greenery Flowers and Gifts, Fort Pharmacy, Hansen Family Foods, Don Doherty, Fairwinds Farm, Sinkel Floral Design and Going Green — EnviroClean.
About 85 people turned out for the banquet and awards presentation at Holy Cross Hall.
Author and artist Karon Argue of High River was guest speaker.
“The Chamber is happy and proud to host this event that recognizes the contributions that all the businesses in Fort Macleod and district make to the community,” Chamber treasurer Brian Nelson said.
“A community wouldn’t be what it is without the businesses that support it,” Nelson added. “I firmly believe a community is made up of local businesses. Where would you be without them?”
Nelson said it is important to recognize businesses for their contribution to the community.
“The thing about those who were nominated, it just kind of scratches the surface of what we have as far as great businesses in this town,” Nelson said. “The amount of nominations shows there are a lot of people who feel strongly about the strength of business here in town.”
“It’s great that we have the opportunity on a night like this to celebrate small town business and what it means.”
Citizen of the Year
Ronda Reach was named Citizen of the Year from a group of 10 nominees.
“This award is presented to an individual who embodies the spirit of the community co-operation and generosity to volunteer service,” Nelson said.
Nominees were Reach, Josh Beusekom, Kristi Edwards, Val Kostelansky, Linda Ripley, Lee Holfeld, Trent Moranz, Angie O’Connor, Virginia Wishart and Alissa Wollersheim.
Outstanding Business Award
Chinook Financial was chosen as Fort Macleod’s Outstanding Business.
The award is chosen from the businesses nominated in any category.
“Chinook Financial in their approach of community involvement and stewardship is a community asset,” Nelson said.
The business in the past year put $15,000 back into the community and its four staff members gave 340 volunteer hours.
“Chinook Financial loves to be a part of the community and is always willing to lend a hand where help is needed.”
Other nominees were Tru Hardware, Scougall Motors, Westco Construction, Synergy Land Services, Don’s Barber Shop and Economy Lumber.
Community Enhancement Award
Hansen Family Foods received the Community Enhancement Award.
“Hansen Family Foods is a community leader with their service to the community and their customers,” Nelson said.
Nelson noted Family Foods is a long-time sponsor of public skating and contributes to many other community events.
Other nominees were the STARS volleyball fund-raiser, Kids First Family Centre and Fort Macleod Playground Committee.
Small Business Award
Village Greenery and Gifts received the Small Business Award.
“This award is presented to an outstanding small business of any type,” Nelson said.
Village Greenery Flowers and Gifts, operated for 14 years by Eileen and Phil Moses was the recipient.
“Eileen has a huge passion for the community and the people in it,” Nelson said. “Along with her staff, they strive for top notch service and a friendly and fun environment.”
Village Greenery also supports community events and fund-raisers including the Santa Claus Parade and Chamber events such as Taste of Fort Macleod.
“Eileen has a strong commitment to community and this business has benefitted the community for many years,” Nelson added.
Other nominees were Larson’s Tire, Prairie View Homes, Sun Life Financial (Jacky Ketel), Sinkel Floral Design, Cafe Orange and Perfect Touch Massage.
Customer Service Award
Fort Pharmacy received the Customer Service Award for the second year in a row.
“This award voted on by the public is presented to a business that continually strives to exceed customer expectations and is creative and innovative in customer experience,” Nelson said.
“As a long-time business in Fort Macleod, Ken Harris and his staff always welcome their customers with a smile and helping hand,” Nelson said.
Also nominated were Et Cetera and The Optical Studio.
Employee Service Award
Fort Macleod Handibus driver Don Doherty received the Employee Service Award.
“Don goes way beyond the service he’s hired to do — always kind, patient and cheerful with his passengers,” Nelson said. “He is always doing extra for everyone whether it is helping people open the door, helping with bags or actually doing the shopping.”
Other nominees were Melissa Duncan, Alissa Wollersheim, Murphy and Danny Urness, Kaley Murphy and Sharon Cleaver.
New Business Award
Sinkel Floral Design received the New Business Award, which goes to a business established in the past two years that has already demonstrated notable achievement.
“Sinkel Floral Design brings young blood and new ideas to Main Street,” Nelson said. “Iris Krosse is a smart young lady who is working to put Fort Macleod on the map.”
Also nominated were V2 Fashion and Going Green — Enviro Clean.
Agricultural Business Award
Fairwinds Farm received the Agricultural Business Award.
The award recognizes a business that promotes local natural resources to be used in the best possible sustainable way and promotes positive change in agriculture.
“Fairwinds Farm are supporters of the town . . . and are quick to jump on board with local events,” Nelson said. “They believe in their community and support it in like fashion.”
Also nominated were Friesen Farms and Ralph and Fran Van Driesten.
Home-Based Business Award
Going Green — EnviroClean received the Home-Based Business Award.
The award goes to an established business that contributes to life in Fort Macleod.
“Going Green — EnviroClean is an awesome new home-based business, trying to literally improve our town by making it easier to dispose properly of recycled goods,” Nelson said. “This business truly cares about the future of our environment and the environment that our children live in.”
Other nominees were Perfect Touch Massage, Webo Waffles and Crazy Stitch.
Town of Fort Macleod
Deputy Mayor Brent Feyter, chief administrative officer Sue Keenan and economic development manager Virginia Wishart presented awards to businesses marking anniversaries.
Those businesses are Westco Construction and Perfect Touch Massage, 25 years; Economy Cashway Lumber, 40 years; and Don’s Barber Shop, 50 years.

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