Several businesses were recognized at the Rimbey Chamber of Commerce’s awards night held last weekend at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre.
Chamber president Melvin Durand said holding such events is important as it provides the opportunity for deserving businesses to be recognized.
“It’s important to recognize businesses for their commitment and dedication to the community.”
He said local businesses are crucial to the economic health of the community.
“Community members need to support our small businesses so they can stay in existence.” He noted that stores such as Costco, Walmart and Canadian Tire may lure local residents away from shopping locally, but these stores do not sponsor or support events in Rimbey.
The Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored y The Town of Rimbey was won by Ray Durand.
The Peoples Choice Award given out for outstanding customer service, sponsored by ATB Financial, was presented to Town of Rimbey employees Gail Cornell, Jeanette Towle and Karen Dawn.
The ladies were pleased to be recognized.
“We were nominated along with so many outstanding people and are honoured that so many voted for us for the people’s choice award.”
The Business Community Spirit Award ,sponsored by Servus Credit Union, went to Blooms.
Owner of Blooms, Janet Carlson said she was honoured to receive the award.
“Anybody who owns a small business works hard and deserves to be nominated,” she said.
The non-profit of the year award, sponsored by Mandy’s Fashions, went to the Boys and Girls Club of Wolf Creek-Rimbey.
“We are so honoured and excited to have received the award. We are continuing to grow and it is nice to have the community support,” said Ashley Bryson, program director.
The New Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Evergreen Co-op Rimbey, was won by Hawk Tail Brewery.
Derek Norstrom, one of the owners of Hawk Tail Brewery said they were surprised and grateful to be recognized.
“We want to thank the community and plan to serve (our patrons) for many years to come.
The Business of the Year with more than 14 employees, sponsored by MNP, went to Evergreen Co-op.
“We are delighted to have been honoured by Rimbey businesses,” said Rick Moon, operations manager. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Evergreen team for going above and beyond, day in and day out. They are the reason we won this award. We would also like to congratulate the other nominees and thank the Chamber of Commerce for putting on such a wonderful evening.”
The Business of the Year with 14 or fewer employees sponsored by Co-op Liquor, Rimbey went to Mandy’s Fashion & Footwear and Canalta Hotel.
“It was very nice,” said owner Mandy Swanson. “We were very thrilled and we sure love our town.”
Konnie Meissner from Canalta said it was nice to be recognized.
“We all work really hard and my staff are definitely super stars in customer service.”
Terry Von Hollen received the Community Spirit Award.