By Cole Parkinson
In a return to form, the Taber and District Chamber of Commerce was once again able to celebrate their award winners after a few years of no events due to the pandemic.
On April 1, the Taber community packed the Heritage Inn and celebrated the 2021 winners of the Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Spirit of Taber, and Employee of the Year, and the 2020 Business of the Year, East End Iron, was also recognized due to the fact no event was held in 2021.
Kerry Ishida was recognized for his work in the community and awarded the 2021 Citizen of the Year award. Ishida explained in his speech that he’s made it his mission to make sure people feel good about themselves and he’s always ready to provide a smile to anyone who passes by.
“Without people like you, I would not have been able to live so long or be able to do some of the things that I have done with help from a giving and caring community. I don’t like to see people down in the dumps and feeling sorry for themselves when they have so much they are able to do,” read his speech. “In Linden View, where I call home now, and home is where the heart is. It doesn’t take any time at all to smile and make a person feel better about themselves. I enjoy the things I do for the residents and families of Linden View. I could never do them without the help of friends, like Jerry with the car shows and drivebys.”
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