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Nominations pour in for Fort Macleod Chamber awards

Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce last month put out a call for nominations for its annual awards program.
Boy, did Fort Macleod ever answer the call.
The Chamber received a record number of nominations for the awards, which will be presented Friday, Oct. 25.
“It was really wonderful to see such a positive response to the call for nominations,” Chamber assistant and business liaison Ashley Nelson said. “The committee spent hours combing through the submissions to determine our list of finalists. We really enjoyed reading the amazing compliments of so many individuals and businesses, recognizing them for their efforts in our community and explaining why they are deserving of these awards.”
Citizen of the Year Award nominees are Kristi Edwards, Becca Neels, Chelsie Wolff, Jody Gillingham, Maureen Chambers, Ashley Nelson, Mike Bourassa, Lee Holfeld, Chris Adamiak, Conrad Van Hierden and Kathy DeGinnus.
Junior Citizen of the Year nominees are Jang Salmon, Elizabeth Smith, Tyese Sillito, Chelsie Harris, Kiara Hellwig, Mykala Van Herk and Lydia Nelson.
“It’s going to be a tough job for the judges to determine the winners among so many deserving nominees who really do go the extra mile,” Nelson said. “It was just such a proud moment for us committee members to reflect on all these amazing contributing citizens and businesses and a good reminder that this is what really makes Fort Macleod such a great place to live and do business.”
Outstanding Business Award nominees are Crazy Stitch, Hansen Family Foods, Next Home and Garden, Greenery On Main, Cafe Orange, The Macleod Gazette, Structural Truss/Forma Steel, LF Truck Centre, Frontline Towing and Fort Macleod Glass.
Nominees for the New Business Award are Twisted Hummingbird, Hilltop Truck Parts, Stronghold Brewing Co., Herweyer Bike Shop, Janita Dekok Photography, Hank Van Hierden Real Estate Centre, Fort Macleod Pizza, My Oma Always Canning Co. and Jon’s Independent Grocer.
Customer Service Award nominees are Next Home and Garden, Twisted Hummingbird, LF Truck Centre, Avail CPA, Economy Lumber, Town and Country Liquor, Scougall Motors, Stronghold Brewing Co., Frontline Towing and Chinook Dental.
Employee Service Award nominees are Barb Skog of ATB Financial, Val Campbell of Foothills Centre, Michelle Hedley of the G.R. Davis Administration Building, Angie O’Connor of Fort Macleod Family and Community Support Services, Darren Housenga of Economy Lumber, Emma Fournier of Forma Steel, Alyss Doyle of Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange, Stephanie Ashley of Edgewater Companion Animal Clinic, Kyle Rosendal of Davis Dodge and Brad Sawka of Eden’s Funeral Home.
Nominated for the Home-Based Business Award are Janey Feyter Secret, Jackie’s Curbside Cuts, M&A Catering, Perfect Touch Massage, Trish Hoskin Baba Yo Crochet, Able Vegetation, My Oma Always Canning Co., Lee Holfeld Massage and Caitlyn Leader Dayhome.
Small Business Award nominees are Next Home and Garden, Fort Pharmacy, Joe Asuchak Roofing, Homestead Bakeshop, Frontline Towing, Smart Building Solutions, The Macleod Gazette, Greenery On Main, Westside Coin Laundry and Perfect Touch Massage.
Community Enhancement Award nominees are Hockey Through the Ages Charity Tournament, Family and Community Support Services, Market On Main, STARS volleyball tournament, Fort Macleod Citizens On Patrol, Sunshine Kids Dayhome/Hand-In-Hand Out of School Care, Santa Claus Parade Committee, Fort Macleod Triathlon and Willow Creek Wilderness Run/Walk.
Large Business Award nominees are Structural Truss, Scougall Motors, LF Truck Centre, Forma Steel, Boot Trucking, Fix Auto, Hansen Family Foods, Davis Dodge and Weston Manufacturing Ltd.
Nominated for the Agricultural Business Award are Blue Rein Ranch, Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange, Beusekom Farms, Hilltop Dairy, Wild Trip Farm Co., Van Driesten Harvesting, Crocus Coulee Ranch and Magnum Swine Genetics.
“I think the increase in nominations compared to previous years is evidence of the positive energy, growth, and excitement we are feeling around town,” Nelson said. “It feels good to give a compliment and express gratitude and I’m sure those that took the time to nominate someone were happy to do it.”
“Nominees should be proud of themselves and their teams. I’m sure they will feel honoured to be recognized in this way and motivated to continue in their efforts.
Award finalists receive a free ticket to the awards banquet.