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Deadline nears for Citizen of the Year nominations

The search is on for Fort Macleod’s Citizen of the Year.

But time is running out to nominate someone for that award along with a host of others in the annual Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce program.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 2, and Chamber president Mike Bourassa is hopeful people will take the time to recognize people who make a difference in Fort Macleod.

“Volunteers are the backbone of every organization,” Bourassa said in an interview. “Without them Fort Macleod events would not be the resounding successes that they are.”

The Citizen of the Year and Junior Citizen of the Year will be honoured at the Chamber’s awards gala on Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall.

Awards will also be presented in the following categories: Small Business; Community Enhancement; New Business; Home-Based Business; Large Business; Employee Service; and Agricultural Business.

Bourassa said it is important to pay tribute to the community’s leading business and their employees, as well as local organizations.

“The business community and its employees are keys to the continued growth and sustainability of Fort Macleod and that needs to be celebrated,” Bourassa said. “The award nominations show businesses and their employees that their hard work has not gone unnoticed.”

People must provide some background information with the nominations. Nominations that include only a person or business name will not be considered.

Nominations are being accepted at facebook.com/fortmacleodchamber 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Liisa Gillingham was named Citizen of the Year last year and Adrian Creighton was chosen Junior Citizen of the Year.

Other award recipients in 2023 were Davis Dodge, Community Enhancement; Mitch Maier, Customer Service; Tim Donahue, Employee Service; The Baked Aussie, New Business; Puppy Love Pet Products, Large Business; JBJ Auto Wrecking, Small Business; My Oma Always Canning, Home-Based Business; and Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange (SALE), Agriculture Business.

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