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Deadline approaches for annual Fort Macleod Chamber awards

Joella Bevan was named Citizen of the Year last year

The deadline is nearing for nominations for the annual Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce awards.

While nominations have been submitted in advance of the Sept. 30 deadline, the Chamber would welcome more.

“It would be nice to see more nominations,” Chamber administrative assistant Sydney Tobler said Thursday.

The Chamber of Commerce honours Fort Macleod’s Citizen of the Year as well as the Junior Citizen of the Year.

“We want people to be recognized and want them to know they are valued in the community,” Tobler said. “We think that it’s important they are recognized.”

Nominations are being accepted until Wednesday, Sept. 30 for the following awards:

  • Citizen of the Year — Presented to someone who has demonstrated excellent volunteerism, community spirit and citizenship.
  • Junior Citizen of the Year — Presented to someone 18 years of age or younger who has demonstrated excellent volunteerism, community spirit and citizenship.
  • Community Enhancement — Presented to an organization, individual or business who has shown outstanding community spirit and support.
  • Outstanding Business — Presented to a business that has shown dedication to development and growth.
  • Small Business — Presented to a business with one to nine employees that has shown outstanding community spirit and support, and provides strong customer service.
  • Large Business — Presented to a business with 10 or more employees that has shown outstanding community spirit and support, and provides strong customer service.
  • Customer Service — Presented to a business that demonstrates a positive attitude and integrity, and which goes the extra mile for customers and clients.
  • Employee Service — Presented to an outstanding employee who demonstrates an excellent ongoing level of customer service.
  • Agricultural Business — Presented to a business that promotes Fort Macleod and district’s local, natural resources in the best possible and most sustainable way. The recipient also promotes positive change in agriculture through its practices and expertise.
  • Home-Based Business — Presented to a business operating successfully within or out of a residence, providing something beneficial to the community.
  • New Business — Presented to a business established within the past two years that has demonstrated notable achievements.

Nominees for business awards must have a Town of Fort Macleod business licence.

“It’s important to recognize businesses that are really trying to better this community,” Tobler said.

People submitting nominations must provide a written explanation supporting the nomination. Nomination forms are available at: https://fortmacleodchamber.typeform.com/to/zextqyaJ.

Nominations can be e-mailed to fmchamber1888@gmail.com, mailed to P.O. Box 178, Fort Macleod, T0L 0Z0, dropped off in a sealed envelope at the chamber office on Main Street.

Joella Bevan was named Citizen of the Year last year and Raegan Lichtenberger was Junior Citizen of the Year.

Other award recipients were Westco Construction, Large Business Award; Twisted Hummingbird,  Outstanding Business Award; Blackacre Farms, Agriculture Business Award; NAPA Auto Parts,  Small Business Award; Johnny’s Restaurant, Customer Service Award;  Digby’s Diner, New Business Award; Cuts N Curls, Home-Based Business Award; Kyle Rosendal, Employee Service Award; and the Special Development Unit, Community Enhancement Award.

Award recipients in 2019 were Mike Bourassa, Citizen of the Year; Chelsie Harris, Junior Citizen; Fort Macleod Glass, Outstanding Business; greenery on main, Small Business; Stronghold Brewing Co., New Business; Structural Truss-Forma Steel, Large Business; Darren Housenga, Employee Service; Chinook Dental, Customer Service; Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange (SALE), Agricultural Business; Kaitlyn Leader Dayhome, Home Business; and Citizens On Patrol, Community Enhancement.

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