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Champion Petfoods was recognized as one the best places to work in Alberta.

The Morinville-based company was named one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers, as part of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, a national competition to determine which employers lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces.

CEO Frank Burdzy said the team was “thrilled” to receive the honour.

“It is our team’s values, hard work and passion that allows us to be recognized for this award,” he said in a press release.

Employers are evaluated using the same eight criteria as the national competition: physical workplace; work atmosphere and social; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communication; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.

Employers are compared to organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

Champion was selected as a top 2016 employer due to its exceptional financial and health benefits, and its investment in employee development, through tuition subsidies for job-related courses and professional accreditation.

The St. Jean Baptiste’s Parish Hall in Morinville, which at one time housed the library, as well as city hall, is being sold for $1.1 million.

The parish plans to build a new hall in the future. The project is currently in the planning and fundraising stage.

As an initial fundraiser, the parish is selling grocery gift cards. The cards will be available for purchase at mass twice a month, as well as at the Parish Office. All proceeds go towards the planning and construction of a new parish hall.

The gift cards will be available during all masses this weekend.

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