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Taber Chamber annual dinner a success for the community

Posted on February 1, 2023 by Taber Times

By Kenyon Stronski
Taber Times

Jan. 27 marked the Taber Chamber of Commerce’s dinner where awards were given out for Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Spirit of Taber, and Employee of the Year.

With the event finally able to happen on the date it was set with COVID being a memory in many of our minds, congratulations were extended to The Loft who won Business of the Year, Brock Campbell who was awarded Citizen of the Year, and the Taber Gymnastics Fitness Club who was awarded the Spirit of Taber. Nominees for Employee of the Year included Crystal Ackroyd from IG Wealth Management, Karen Ivan from AB Sugar Beet Growers, Megan Moline from the Taber Public Library and Bre Tillman from the Taber Container Depot. Ivan would wind up winning.

Jared Bell, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, shared some insight on what the annual dinner and award ceremony means to him.

“To me, I think it’s important to recognize the people doing things differently and trying to grow a small business in southern Alberta and specifically Taber. I think just having that in the front of the mind and recognizing the people that are showing off to the community the things that are happening and the things that people are doing – I think it’s important to keep that front and centre. The turnout at the dinner was great, there were a lot of people there to support the recipients of the awards which is always great to see and that’s very typical of what we see. There’s always a personal connection with a lot of these. The support that showed up there I think shows how invested a lot of people are.”

Regarding how to receive the honour of these awards, such as Citizen of the Year, Bell said it’s based on submission.

“So, somebody would nominate a Business of the Year or Employee of the Year, Citizen of the Year or the Spirit of Taber. We collect nominations from the people within the community and then you have to submit a write-up with it. There’s a group of people made up of the Board on the Chamber of Commerce and they’ll go through it, read the submissions and make a decision — so it’s largely chosen by the community.”

Bell also commented on how nice it was to have the annual dinner on the slated date, and how it’s great to have COVID in the rearview.

“I think that you could definitely see it in a lot of the people that were there in how it was nice to get together again in good company, sit down, have a discussion face-to-face and catch up.”

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