On Thurs. Oct. 25, the Stettler Community Hall was packed with business leaders, sponsors, supporters, award winners, family, and friends for the Stettler Business & Citizenship Awards Gala that took place.
Each presenting sponsor had positive things to say about the business or individual they were giving the award to with approximately three to five-minute speeches to prove it.
Burn ‘N’ Mahn, a Canadian style Dueling Pianos entertained the remaining audience.
Thirteen awards were given during the event.
Consumers Choice Award was an award that can be given to any business or individual for practically any reason as explained during the event.
This was its first year in action. The choice came down to two businesses vying for the title of Consumers Choice; The Fresh Wife or Today’s Sweet Cakery.
The new start-up company The Fresh Wife won for their unique company style and fresh products to go with it.
New Business of the Year Award was given to Stettler I.D.A for showing a successful opening and operation in their first year and demonstrating a desire for growth and prosperity within the Stettler community.
Little Keepsakes won Small Business of the Year. The successful private enterprise showed what it takes to exemplify an outstanding spirit and commitment to the Stettler community with two years or more running within the community.
The Business of the Year Award went to the Stettler Funeral Home and Crematorium for their dedicated and humble service during difficult times while also exemplifying outstanding spirit and commitment to the Stettler community.
Mya Prehn was awarded the honour of Youth Citizen of the Year award for her outstanding dedication and contribution to the welfare or betterment of an individual, service, not for profit group and/or the community in an unpaid position leaving a positive impact.
Citizens of the Year are known to be a source of inspiration to others which Prehn has shown so well.
Female Citizen of the Year went to Winnie Bissett, Executive Director of the Heartland Youth Centre. Her caring and motivating nature towards young women has been a highlight as well as her activeness as an individual.
The requirements of becoming a Citizen of the Year is outlined as a person who “Recognizes the outstanding dedication and contribution to the welfare or betterment of an individual, service, not for profit group and/or the community in an unpaid position leaving a positive impact. Citizens of the Year are a source of inspiration to others. Recipients must be a resident of the Town or County of Stettler.”
Male Citizen of the Year went to Doug McKay. His continuous passion for music has spread throughout the community through his unwavering dedication and volunteerism in many different facets.
The Consignment Closet won the Eco Excellence Award for their many contributions to the planet and community alike.
Next, the Learning in the Workplace Award went to Generations RV. The innovation and continuous growth of their business environment scored them the award.
Rhonda McCulloch Danceology won the Heritage Award because they have been in the community for an extended number of years showcasing dependability and who continues to strive to be active in and serve the local community well.
Two Way Oilfield Services Ltd. secured a seat at the table by winning the Product and Innovation Award for their knack of creating parts when none are available.
They continually create value through the development or application of products, processes, services, or technologies to be prominent in their industry and continuously train employees to meet their high standards.
The crowd gave a standing ovation to three award winners.
Stettler Regional Fire Department was by far given the loudest and proudest one of all.
As the fire department continually serves the community so selflessly as volunteers from the area, they were selected for the Community Service Award.
They best demonstrated outstanding commitment to community involvement through partnerships, volunteerism, or other means of contributing to the local community.
Extreme Pita won the Customer Service Award for going above and beyond to provide their customers with outstanding service in their everyday operations and shows leadership in setting high service standards for the Stettler area.
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