2013 Pincher Creek Awards of Excellence

Thank you for inviting me to this wonderful evening! Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!


2013 Pincher Creek Awards of Excellence

2013 Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence winners
T. Lucas photos except *
Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek VoiceThe Heritage Inn was the site of the  2013 Pincher Creek Awards of Excellence on Wednesday, October 23.  It was the 18th annual edition of this event,  which is organized by the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce.
Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce President Sharon Roberts
Chamber of Commerce President Sharon Roberts opened the event.  She talked about the role the Chamber of Commerce plays within the community.  Bob Westrop acted as the gracious emcee for the evening.  He brought outgoing MD of Pincher Creek Reeve Bjorn Berg and outgoing Town of Pincher Creek Mayor Ernie Olsen  up to the microphone to lead the room in a rousing rendition of "O Canada" as Jackie Therriault played the piano.Grace was led by David Green followed by a dinner featuring roast beef.
The Spirit of Pincher Creek - MC and award winner Bob Westrop
"It's always fun," said Westrop about the awards ceremony. "It's a great tribute to the people in our community, what we accomplish here, and why people like to come to Pincher Creek. We've got a lot to offer."  Westrop was also the winner of the 2013 Spirit of Pincher Creek award.
Livingstone Macleod MLA Pat Stier
Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier welcomed everyone and reminded us all how fortunate we are to live in this area, also reminding us of the tragedies that many in Alberta faced just a few short months ago because of the flooding that happened in June.  He talked of the strength of spirit that makes us strong, and congratulated both the winners and the nominees.
Bjorn Berg
Bob Westrop and Ernie Olsen
Outgoing Reeve Bjorn Berg and outgoing Mayor Ernie Olsen each returned to the podium and extended greetings from the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No.9, and the Town of Pincher Creek respectively.  Westrop thanked them both for their years in public service.
ATB Managing Director Gary Friesen
Alberta Treasury Branch Managing Director South Team Business and Agriculture Gary Friesen came back to town to speak at this ceremony.  Friesen lived in Pincher Creek from 1992 - 1995.  He spoke of the 75 years that ATB has been operating. He spoke of the drive and dedication that entrepreneurs have in Alberta.  He said that clients come to him in the banking industry and ask "Know me, understand me, and make it easy for me."  Words of wisdom for any service based business to follow. "I congratulate all of you, and all that you do for this community, and for our great Province."Chamber of Commerce Administrator Lieve Parisis was lauded for her work organizing the evening.  The Heritage Inn banquet room was full to capacity for this event.  Chamber President Sharon Roberts said  "We are very close to being sold out, 160 people, and that's great."
Farm Family Award: 
Mark Barber presenting to YU Cattle Ranch - MaryAnn and Blaine Marr

Farm Family Award
Winner:  YU Cattle Ranch Blaine and MaryAnn Marr
Presented by:  Mark BarberOther nominees:
Twin Butte Simmentals
Brent and Gloria Barbero and family
Large Business Staff award: Children's World Daycare
Large Business Award (Staff of 10 and over)Winners:  Children’s World Day Care
Presented by:  Shannon RobinOther nominees:
First Student
Royal Bank
Small Business award: Shootin' the Breeze
Presenter Joan Kilmury far left
Small Business Award (Staff of 1 to 9)Winner:  Shootin’ the Breeze – Shannon Robin 
Presenteed by:  Joan KilmuryOther nominees:
Jessica Maunsell Photography
Perfect Posies Greenhouse
Mrs.P’s Coffee Corner
Hair Reflections – Laura Lee Link
Full Circle Green Clean Janitorial Inc.
The Brick
Fas Gas Station
Environmental Stewardship award: Brent and Gloria Barbero and family
Presenter Pat Moskaluk far left

Gloria Barbero
(file photo * - Gloria was helping at volleyball)
Environmental Stewardship Award
Winner:  Brent and Gloria Barbero and family
Presented by: Pat MoskalukOther nominees:
Cameron Service Industries
The Nature Conservancy of Canada
Customer Service award - Hair Reflections
Presenter Crystal Husch (left) and Laura Lee Link
Customer Service Award
Winner:  Hair Reflections – Laura Lee Link
Presented by:  Crystal HuschOther nominees:
Monster Fitness
Co-operators Insurance
Fountain Tire
Kajay Automotive
Michael Veloso of Heritage Inn
Jackie Gorgichuk of  Blackburn Jewellers
ATB Financial Pincher Creek
Fas Gas Station
Spirit of Pincher Creek award - Bob Westrop
with Presenter Jim Monteith (right)
Spirit of Pincher Creek Award
Winner:  Bob Westrop
Presented by:  Jim MonteithOther nominees:
Jackie Therriault
Rose Society
Mrs. P’s Coffee Corner
Jeff Kaupp
Tim Hortons
Kelly Lepine
Dan Crawford
Fas Gas Station
Employee of the Year award - Valerie Bedford-Powell
with Presenter Kirk Clements (right)
Employee of the Year Award
Winner:  Valerie Bedford-Powell, Pincher Creek Co-op Grocery Store
Presented by:  Kirk ClementsOther nominees:
Donna Cromarty  of Co-op Farm and Home Centre
Leslee Bruder of Pincher Creek Legion
Leah Caligno Esplanda of A&W
Bruce Bevans of Koegler’s Pharmasave
Allan Kaupp of Pincher Creek Co-op Grocery Store
Roberta Koci of The Brick
Owen Sinclair of Co-op Farm and Home Centre