Up for biz awards

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The Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce is just a day away from recognizing the community’s top businesses.

On Thursday, the chamber will host its annual gala and awards evening. This year, the gala will present more than 10 awards to businesses in Morinville and the surrounding area.

“We want the business people to have recognition for the work that they do,” said Diane Mineault, executive director of the chamber. “That’s why we do it.”

This year, the number of nominations has nearly doubled since the last gala, with the chamber receiving 58. Mineault said the jump could be a result of a larger organizing committee.

Last year, only two people were on the committee. This year, there were six.

The chamber has also increased its promotion of the event. Last year, the gala only had 22 nominations, down from 50 in 2016.

“We have a lot of nominees, so if I were judging it would be really hard to choose,” she said with a laugh. “I’m glad I wasn’t.”

The theme this year is straight from the Old West. While last year called for formal dress, this year the chamber is focusing on blue jeans and fried beans.

“It’s going to be fun. This year they just can wear blue jeans, cowboy hats and boots,” Mineault explained.

The event will kick off at 6 p.m. and run till 11 p.m. There will be live entertainment from local Justin Hogg and a silent auction. For more information, visit the Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.morinvillechamber.com/events/2018-gala/.

The nominees are:

Large Business
Zeebest Plastics of Canada Ltd.
Capital Vision Care
RV City
JLG Industries Inc.
Whitson Contracting

Medium Business
North Parkland Power REA Ltd
Pleasant Homes
Morinville Campground
The Bistro DiMadre Piccola

Small Business
Animal Wellness Clinic
Morinville News
Creative Design Framing
Country Floral Magic
JM Turner Goldsmith
Bon Accord Pharmacy
PMS Perrault Mechanical Services
Spiker Equipment
Espresso Barn
RT Septic and Water
JLS Decals & Signs

Home Based Business
RT Septic
Fabulous Fox Designs
Wildrose Lawn & Snow Services
SeneGence

Community Spirit
Higher Grounds
Lions Club of Morinville

Spirit of Business
Pisim Contracting
Astikasa Metal Works Ltd.

Artisans Recognition
Lawrence Paul “Gutta Muzik” Entertainer

Business Legacy
RV City
North Parkland Power REA Ltd
Pleasant Homes
Boissonneault Family Farms
Creative Design Framing
Capital Vision Care
Higher Grounds
JM Turner Goldsmith
Sturgeon Valley Fertilizers
Abacus Enterprises

Youth Customer Service
JLS Decals & Signs – Cody Mundy
KFC – Anthony Tutaan
KFC – Kevin Basalo
Station (Shell) – Athalie Quinn
Morinville Medical Clinic – Miranda McNeil

New Business
JLS Decals & Signs
RT Septic
Espresso Barn
TGB Welding
Zeebest Plastics of Canada

Farm Family
Boissonneault Family Farms

Agri-tourism
Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm

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Dayla Lahring

Dayla Lahring joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2017. She writes about business, health, general news and features. She also contributes photographs.