The Slave Lake & District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards was another gala affair this year. The format was again the ‘academy awards’ style, with three nominees in each category encouraged to attend (most did) and on the edges of their seats for the ‘envelope please’ moment.
Held at the Legacy Centre in Slave Lake on March 7, the supper was catered by The Fix and featured beef bourguinon, among other culinary delights. Awards were presented in 13 categories, more than in any other year. The new one this year was the Lifetime Achievement Award. In the Health & Wellness category, Health Within was the winner. It’s not pictured because the owner was unable to attend. The business was cited for its “wonderful, educated staff and friendly atmosphere.” Also nominated in this category were Ula’s Active Rehab and Health Treasures. The award sponsor was Nash Giroux LLP.
Entrepreneur Under 40 – Megan Tanner of The Medicine Shoppe won this award. Cited for being “professional and supportive,” with a “professional atmosphere and the utmost care,” Tanner won out against competition from Glen Boisvert of Boreal Cannabis and Jodi van den Heuvel of Wildflower Body Products. Councillor Rebecca King presented the award on behalf of category sponsor the Town of Slave Lake.
Hospitality Business of the Year – Susan’s Kitchen was the winner. It’s the snack bar at the multi-rec centre, owned and operated by Susan Cadaba (second from left) and Clayton Crory (left). “Great people who give great service and great food!” said the nominator. Justine Ricard of ATB, representing the category sponsor, is second from right.
Business of the Year – This prestigious award goes to NuFloors Slave Lake, for providing excellent service to Slave Lake and area for 45 years. Brokerlink was the award sponsor and that’s Tanya Keeping of Brokerlink on the right, presenting the award to Mark, Wayne and Tracey Schell of NuFloors.
Commercial/Retail Business of the Year – Pet Planet was the winner in this category. The nominator said owner Deirdre Mackenzie (centre) goes “above and beyond for her customers, leads by example and has set a high standard.” Other nominees were Flowers Etc. and Cozy Toes ‘n Clothes Boutique. On the left is Renee Pelley of Revolution Ford, the category sponsor.
Employee of the Year – RBC Slave Lake sponsored this award. Lisa Malone (centre) of Rebryna Dana LLP is this year’s winner. Said her nominator, “She is not afraid to say the things that need to be said, but with care and concern for everyone.” Presenters from RBC are manager Serena Green (second from left) Virginia Difrancesco (left) and Saad Mir, along with Chamber president Frankie Giroux.
Professional Business of the Year – The Business Factory was both the winner and the sponsor of this award. Joyce Robinson (second from left) and her team were praised for offering “a large variety of premium services” and giving “very friendly and prompt service.” Also nominated were Kaft CPA Accounting and Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy.
Industrial Business of the Year – At least one of his bosses was curling in the Oilmen’s, so Darryl Garon accepted the award for Eagletech Electric. “Outstanding commitment to safety, quality service and employee development,” were among the reasons given for the nomination. Presenting the award for sponsor Boston Pizza was Frankie Giroux of the Chamber. Other nominees were Sword Transport and Slave Lake Helicopters.
Lifetime Achievement Award – This award is for somebody who has been in business for many years, accomplishing “extraordinary things,” in the community. The winner is Ken Carpenter of Exact Oilfield Developing. Accepting for Carpenter was Annette Thomas (centre), from Chamber president Giroux and Ali Mouallem of sponsor Alimo’s Ventures.
Businessperson of the Year – Jodi Broadhead, centre, accepts the award on behalf of her husband Murray Broadhead of Apex Well Servicing. He couldn’t be there because he was on a Bantam hockey trip, but he did make an appearance on Jodi’s cell phone and said hello to the audience, which gave him a round of applause. Other nominees were Linda Mughal of Mary Brown’s and Joee Commins Sanford of Southshore Hidden Treasures. Whitecap was the sponsor of the award. Owner Colin Parada is on the left and Chamber President Frankie Giroux on the right.
Home-based Business of the Year. Sponsored by Joy McGregor Epicure, this award went to BB Waxing and Esthetics, owned by Britney Whitney (centre). Her nominator said Whitney “strives to provide the best service possible.” Also nominated were Nail Bar and Cabi Clothing. Frankie Giroux (right) and Serena Green represent the Chamber.
Employer of the Year – Whitecap Chevrolet Buick GMC is the winner of this award, as nominated by employees. Owner Colin Parada (centre) was praised by his nominators for being “always willing to help any of the staff and he treats us like family and takes a genuine interest in our lives and well-being.” Also pictured are Josh Friesen of category sponsor Community Futures, and Chamber president Frankie Giroux.