Voting for the 2023 St. Albert Gazette Readers' Choice Awards is now open.
The Readers' Choice Awards program, which the Gazette runs annually, gives St. Albertans the opportunity to show their appreciation and support for local businesses, community leaders, and elected officials.
There are six main award categories, including businesses and services, shopping, food and drink, people and places, professionals, and body and mind. Each category is further separated into specific services or businesses to recognize the unique qualities and purpose of each hopeful award recipient.
For example, there are 26 sub-categories for the businesses and services awards, ranging from best daycare to best gas station.
Those interested in voting must be at least 18 years of age, and can vote in each category once per day. As well, in order for a ballot to be recognized, residents must vote in at least eight categories.
To vote, visit the St. Albert Gazette's website.
Some local fixtures, elected officials, and businesses looking to take top prize back-to-back years include the Giroux Road and St. Albert Trail intersection, which has been voted longest red light for two years running; St. Albert-Edmonton MP Michael Cooper for favourite local politician; and Lynn Kolpak, the owner of Socrates Restaurant, who was voted favourite server and favourite bartender in 2022.
Voting for the 2023 Readers' Choice Awards closes on May 31, and award winners will be announced shortly thereafter.
Winners receive a personalized plaque, which they are encouraged to show-off to the public.