Morinville Chamber awards gala celebrates 70 years


The Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce is taking a blast to the past in their upcoming gala and awards evening on Nov. 30.

“We’re going to have music from the ’40s, straight through to now since the chamber started in 1947,” said Diane Mineault, chamber manager. “The evening is going to be a lot of fun.”

The gala and awards evening is a black and white or formal event in celebration of the chamber’s 70th anniversary. The evening will start with a cocktail hour, followed by a formal dinner and finish with an awards ceremony, honouring various businesses across Morinville and Sturgeon County.

There are 10 awards to be handed out throughout the night: the Large Business of the Year, Medium Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Home Based Business of the Year, Community Spirit Award, Business Legacy Award, Youth Customer Service Award, New Business of the Year, Business Integrity Award and the First Nation Spirit of Business Award.

This year the chamber received 22 nominations, down from around 50 last year.

Mineault said the decline is due to changes in nomination eligibility. Last year the chamber received multiple nominations for employees from a single company, this year only one nomination could be cast per business.

“Before it was like a popularity contest and some people had 29 nominations for just one business,” she said.

This year there were more nominations for businesses from Sturgeon County than in years past, something that came as a surprise to Mineault.

“It’s really quite exciting,” she said. “The Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce has been reaching out to the outlying areas in the district.”

The gala is at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre, starting with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., a formal dinner at 7 p.m., followed by entertainment and awards at around 8:30 p.m.

“We’re having table service instead of a buffet, and cocktails will be served butler-style,” she said.

There will also be two taste-testing booths. The first will be Righand Craft Distilleries featuring brum, raspberry vodka, garlic vodka and more; the second will be NoNuts Golden Peabutter featuring four of their products, to be announced.

Tickets are still available for the gala. They cost $60 per person or $420 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased at Sobey’s or at the Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce.

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