Improv comedians Donovan Workun (left) and Mark Meer perform at the Chamber Awards Gala Thursday night. – Stephen Dafoe Photos
Morinville – It was a walk along Boardwalk and Park Place for local business owners Thursday night. The Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards night at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre, this year with a Monopoly theme. Awards were given out for home-based, small, medium, and large businesses of the year, as well as awards recognizing volunteerism, longterm contributions and youth entrepreneurial spirit. Chamber members were also recognized for years of membership.
“We have to showcase our businesses,” said Chamber President Simon Boersma of the need for the annual event. “We have to showcase the success of our businesses. It is step by step that we are building this community. It is an amazing thing that as businesses grow, our community grows. We want to celebrate this.”
Below are this year’s award winners.
J’Lynn Esthetics was the winner of the Home-Based Business Award this year. Other nominees were Think Easy and Koala’s Pet and House Sitting.
Larren Monti of Atlas Premium Home Development accepts the Small Business Award. Other nominees included Outhouse Plumbing and Gas Fitting Ltd., Entheos Wellness Centre Ltd., Jim Turner Goldsmith and The Green Bean.
David Marshall of Champion Petfoods accepts the Large Business Award. The company was nominated along with Ross Horricks Dentistry, Arctic Therm International, Servus Credit Union and Morinville Shell.
The law firm Putnam and Lawson won the Legacy Award this year. Champion Petfoods was also up for the honour.
Paula Hittinger and Heather Folkins were joint recipients of the Chamber Volunteer of the Year for their longstanding commitment to the community and the chamber. Paul Smith of Smith Music was also nominated for the award.
Additional award winners included Rory Turner for the Youth Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and the Morinville Food Bank Society for the Non Profit of the Year Award.
Free Press employee Dolly Bolen accepts the company’s award for 15 years membership in the Chamber. Other 15 year members included Champion Petfoods, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools, and Sturgeon County.
Denise Gallant of Morinville Veterinary Clinic and Linda Getzlaf of Re/Max Realty accept 20-year membership awards. Drayden Insurance was also a 20-year member recipient.