Thursday, October 20, 2011

16th annual Pincher Creek and District 2011 Business Awards

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Emcee Bob Westrop
T. Lucas photo
The Heritage Inn was the site of the  2011 Pincher Creek and District Business Awards, put on by the Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor Ernie Olsen
T. Lucas photo
Before the dinner, Mayor Ernie Olsen roundly congratulated the Chamber of Commerce.  "It is nice to see the Chamber of Commerce up and running, and their aggressive work on improving.  Bruce Buckingham (Chamber President) is good at the helm."  Prior to the awards ceremony, C&D Floral proprietor and Customer Service Award nominee Nicki Schoening said "it is an honour to be nominated.  I would be very proud to receive this award, as customer service is our priority."

(click here to visit our new Business category and see all of the winners of this year's awards)

Traci Carlson-Deley, ATB
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Emcee Bob Westrop kept the crowd in stitches throughout the evening, making jokes and telling stories. "Wherever I go, I introduce myself as Bob Westrop from Pincher Creek, because I am so proud to be part of such a great community," he said. He led the crowd in 'Oh, Canada', and had B.J. Scott come to say grace before dinner.  Once the meal was finished, there were speeches from Mayor Ernie Olson, who commented that it was not easy to follow Westrop.

Reeve Rod Cyr and
wife Betty Cyr
Windy Hollow Farms

C. Davis  photo
MD Reeve Rod Cyr then took the microphone, doing his best warmup act for Traci Carlson-Deley from the Alberta Treasury Branch.  After saying she didn't know she was to give a speech, she went on to tell an engaging story of a moose born on her property that currently sleeps under the dryer vent at her house.

Kris Hodgson, guest speaker
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Kris Hodgson, Business Training and Development Representative from Lethbridge College was the guest speaker.  He spoke of the future of wind power, and how it impacts our area.  Expressing that wind energy is currently 6% of Canadian energy production, Hodgson was an enthusiastic speaker and a strong proponent of renewable energy.  "I think windpower is a great opportunity for the future for an energy source.  It is clean, it doesn't pollute, and it gives a great opportunity for farmers to diversify. It can help us step away on non-renewable energy sources like coal, oil and gas," he said. Hodgson is working with the International Wind Energy Academy and Lethbridge College to produce graduates from the Wind Turbine Technician Training Program.

Chamber of Commerce President
and PC Co-op GM Bruce Buckingham

C. Davis photo
Westrop encouraged everyone to head toward the silent auction tables throughout the evening, only bemoaning the fate of an auctioneer hosting a "silent" auction once.  After a brief intermission, he announced who had won on the various goodies, and who had been generous enough to donate them.  After that, the awards ceremony went into full swing.

Categories, Nominees, and Winners 
(winners denoted by *)

Agriculture Producer Award

  • Windy Hollow Farms*
  • Mowat Ranch Ltd.
Large Business Award

  • Top Hand Industrial Services*
  • The Pincher Creek Co-operators
  • Cougar Ridge
  • Pharmasave
  • Providence Salon & Spa

Small Business Award

  • Westwind Interiors*
  • L&P Casuals
  • Fox Theatre
  • Zesto Subs

Environmental Stewardship Award

  • NRG Energy*
  • Top Hand Industrial Services
  • The Pincher Creek Depot/KJ Cameron
  • Willow Valley Soapworks

Hospitality Award

  • Tim Hortons*
  • Mr's P's Coffee Corner
  • The Bright Pearl
  • A&W

Customer Service Award

  • Providence Salon & Spa*
  • Ranchland Liquor Den
  • C&D Floral
  • Ramada Inn & Suites
  • Westwind Interiors
  • Kajay Automotive

Spirit of Pincher Creek Award

  • Sudsy's Car Wash*
  • Ramada Inn & Suites
  • Mrs. P's Coffee Corner
  • Providence Salon and Spa
  • Westwind Interiors
  • Pincher Planters

After the presentations, Westrop invited the Chamber of Commerce Administrator Lieve Parisis and her new assistant Constance Colley to the podium, where they received a warm round of applause for all the work that they did both to organize the evening, and throughout the year.

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