Businesses compete for community leadership award


For some local businesses owners, giving back to the community is more than just a cliché and each of the local companies nominated for the Community Leadership Award found a different way to support St. Albert.

The nominations are part of the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce Small Business Week recognition events.

“I think it’s important to recognize businesses which work so hard in our community. Local businesses do incredible work,” said Chamber President and CEO Jennifer McCurdy.

Here are the nominees that provide business and charitable leadership in St. Albert and beyond:

Cranky’s Bike Shop

“We’ve tried to stay active in the community,” said Cranky’s owner Andrew Phelps, who grew up in St. Albert.

Phelps provides biking knowledge to Scout and Girl Guide troops; he donates time to triathlon events such as Kids of Steel and he sponsors a summer camp. Cranky’s Bike Shop provides a rack for cyclists who attend the farmers’ market.

Leadership extends to providing a safe environment in the shop, where it’s fun to be employed Phelps said, adding that’s why his shop is closed Sundays, so that everyone has at least one weekend day away from work.

Sparklean Restoration

As a company that helps homeowners clean up after floods and fires, Sparklean Restoration helps others. The company also gives back to the community in other ways.

Owner Mike Howes is Past Chair of the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce; he is Vice President of the Riel Business Association; he volunteered for the 2011 Continental Cup curling event and most recently he was a moderator at St. Albert political forums held last week.

Riverside Honda

Last year Riverside Honda and Ski-Doo donated a $9,000-Ski-Doo for a Stop Abuse In Families raffle.

Owner Art Perrott said the company supports SAIF because violence does happen in St. Albert, even though it is perceived as an affluent city. Violence occurs in many socioeconomic groups, Perrott said

Perrot tries to recognize the needs of his employees by offering flexible hours for employees and by supporting them in times of sickness.

“Our company disability doesn’t kick in right away. We pay the employee until it does,” Perrott said.

St. Albert Honda

St. Albert Honda moved back to St. Albert in 2015 after many years in Morinville, where it was known as Frontier Honda.

Owner Ross Hodgins is very focused on becoming part of St. Albert’s business community. Last spring St. Albert Honda sponsored the Lifestyle Expo and Sale held at Servus Credit Union Place.

Visionary Centre

Visionary Centre for Performing Arts has provided donations, organizational help and talent to many St. Albert events over the past 20 years, said owner Stan Livingstone.

“We love this community. We live here,” he said.

For many years Visionary paid for, produced and provided entertainment for Canada Day festivities and in 2011 the company donated $25,000 towards St. Albert’s 150th Anniversary celebrations.



About Author

Susan Jones has been a freelance writer for the St. Albert Gazette since 2009, following a 20-year career at the St. Albert Gazette. Susan writes about homes, gardens, community events and people.