Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for 2017

Gord Fortin
Lakeside Leader

The 2018 Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce business excellence awards gala is in the history books and many businesses and individuals were honoured.

In total 11 awards were handed out during the proceedings on Feb. 24 in the Peace Pipe Ball Room of the Slave Lake Inn and Conference Centre.

The first award was Commercial/Retail Business of the Year. Appara Shoes won, beating out Grateful Heart and Great Escapes Travel. According to the gala program, Appara Shoes was nominated for its advocacy of the revitalization of the downtown core, promoting community spirit through their displays as well as the rich stock the store carries.

Dawn Jensen and Dawn Crawford accepted the award and Jensen gave a brief speech.

“Thank you for supporting me, Slave Lake, for 18 years,” Jensen said.
Motormania Parts & Service Ltd. beat out Kal Tire and M&M Logging Inc. to win the Industrial Business of the Year award. Motormania was selected because of its customer service as well as 30 years of business success in the area, according to the program.
Michel Berger, Jesse Berger, Robert Berger and Tucker Manning accepted the award, but none gave an acceptance speech.

Nash Giroux LLP was the winner of the Professional Business of the Year award. Nash Giroux was chosen over Slave Lake Dental and Slave Lake Yoga. Bonnie Nash and Francesca Giroux accepted the award, but neither gave a speech.

According to the program, Nash Giroux was chosen because of its support of groups such as the Slave Lake Rotary Club and Stage North Association, as well as commitment to its clients.

The FIX Coffee Bar & Bakery took home the Hospitality Business of the Year award. It was chosen over Dom’s Gastropub and Toniroz Grill & Restaurant. Pierre and Georgie Gauthier accepted the award, but neither gave a speech.

FIX was chosen because of its ‘farm to the table’ commitment. FIX is also known for celebrating local music acts and other artists, according to the program Kayla Ghostkeeper of Keeper Photography received the Home Based Business of the Year award. She edged out Britney Whitney’s BB Waxing and Esthetics as well as Shauna Fiddler’s Stella & Dot. She did not give a speech.

According to the program, Ghostkeeper won the award due to her hard work building up the business. This effort has made her photography in-demand as she has both a local client bases as well as from all over the province.

Dog Island Brewing’s Ben Fiddler and Chad Paulson received the Entrepreneur Under 40 award. They edged out Devon Phelps and Christine Thompson of The Flipside and Francesca Giroux of Nash Giroux and Frankie’s Fricken Flowers.

The Dog Island team was chosen because of their entrepreneurial venture at the brewery, starting the business and growing it. They are also recognized for the promotion of their product that has made Slave Lake known in the craft beer scene.

Elaine Ridley of The Source took home the Employee of the Year award. She won over Carolann Porterfield of the Business Factory and Calvin Couturier of the town of Slave Lake. She did not give a speech.

Ridley won for her her exceptional customer service and loyalty to the store, according to the program.

Slave Lake Dental took home the Employer of the Year award beating out Exact Oilfield Developing Ltd. and Tolko Industries Ltd.

Brenna Emes, right, won the Spirit of Slave Lake award. She was unable to attend the Feb. 24 Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce business excellence awards gala but Joy McGregor, left, accepted on her behalf and read an acceptance letter. The award was sponsored by REMAX Realty.

Ali Mouallem won the Business Person of the Year award, sponsored by Whitecap Chev Buick GMC. In his acceptance speech he thanked his family for their hard work and sacrifice and encouraged people to shop locally.

Elaine Ridley of the Source, centre, took home the Employee of the Year award. Pictured here are Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce vice-president Josh Friesen, Ridley and chamber president Francesca Giroux. Sponsored by Southshore Hidden Treasures.

Slave Lake Dental took home the Employer of the Year award at the Slave Lake and District Chamber business excellence awards gala on Feb. 24. The award was sponsored by the Lakeside Leader.

Dog Island Brewing’s Ben Fiddler, left, and Chad Paulson received the Entrepreneur Under 40 Award, sponsored by Northern Lakes College.

Kayla Ghostkeeper, centre, of Keeper Photography received the Home Based Business of the Year Award. Pictured here are award sponsor Joy McGregor, left, Ghostkeeper and Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce president Francesca Giroux.

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