photos by Lucie Roy
The Morinville & District Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre. Awards were presented in 11 categories. Additionally, a number of long service awards were presented ranging from five to 45 years of membership. More than 200 business owners and employees attended the special luncheon.
The Youth Customer Service Award, sponsored by Morinville Sobeys, was presented to Kyle Thorne of Morinville Sobeys. Other nominees were Alex Potiuk, Justin Hogg, Brieanna Wilding, and Jared Loseth. Kayla Robertson of DQ got an honourable mention.
The Comunity Spirit Award, sponsored by A1 Heating was presented to the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation. Other nominees were the Morinville Fish & Game Association, Rotary Club of Morinville, and the French Canadian Association of Alberta (ACFA).
This year’s Home-Based Business Award, sponsored by Champion Petfoods, was presented to Elysha’s Cleaning Services Ltd. Other nominees were FitGirl Athletics, Brushstrokes by Jodi, and Sturgeon Cleaning Services.
Champion Petfoods also sponsored the New Business Award. This category had eight nominees. The award went to Dairy Queen Morinville. Other nominees included Wolf-Man Razors / JD CNC Machining, Morinville Grill, JLG Industries Ltd., Animal Wellness Veterinary Clinic, Jiffy Lube, The Flower Stop & Gift Shop, and My Strength Wellness Studio.
The Small Business Award, sponsored by Sturgeon County, had eight nominees this year. The Morinville News was this year’s recipient. Other nominees included Elysha’s Cleaning Service, Wolf-Man Razors / JD CNC Machining, Sundog Organic Farm, Animal Wellness Veterinary Clinic, Andrew Web Carpentry, FitGirl Athletics, and Morinville Sports.
The Medium Business Award, sponsored by ATB Business, had seven nominees: Eco-Flex Rubber Solutions, Bistro di Madre Piccola, Premium Food Services, ATB Financial, Jiffy Lube Morinville, Morinville Physical Therapy, and Kelley’s Deli and Bakery. Bistro di Madre Piccola was this year’s recipient.
The St. Albert Gazette sponsored the Large Business Award this year, a category with seven nominees. Morinville Sobeys was this year’s winner. Other nominees included High Q Greenhouses, RV City, Morinville Shell, Re/Max Real Estate Morinville, Town of Morinville, and Champion Petfoods.
The Business Legacy Award, sponsored by Morinville Shell, had seven nominees this year. Morinville Shell was this year’s winner. Other nominees included Morinville Business Center, Roadrunners Equipment Sales, Service & Manufacturing Ltd., GB Business Enterprises Ltd., Bumper to Bumper / Home Hardware, and W & E Cowley Publishing Ltd. (The Free Press), RV City, and Sturgeon Valley Fertilizers.
Pleasant Homes was the recipient of the Chamber’s own Integrity Award, sponsored this year by Putnam & Lawson.
Alexander First Nation also presented their awards: The First Nations Service Business Award, sponsored by Valard, and the First Nations Contractor Business Award, sponsored by Opus.
The First Nations Service Business Award was presented to Dallas Arcand of the Silver Bullet Cafe.
The First Nations Contractor Business Award went to James Arcand of One Son Construction.
Chamber membership longevity was recognized in lengths from five to 45 years.
Quinn’s Plumbing & Heating was recognized for 45 years’ of membership, Dr. Ross Horricks Family Dentistry for 30 years’ of membership, and Morinville shell for 20 years’ of membership.