Voting for the Stettler Board of Trade (BOT) Consumers Choice Award started today at noon on the BOT’s Facebook page. Voting is open for one week for each round and will be closed at noon the following Wednesday. The results will be tallied and the next round of voting starts again on Thursdays.
The elevated eleven Consumer’s Choice picks are: The Coffee Tree, Brenda’s Cozy Cafe, Brennan Auto Body Repair Ltd. Central Alberta Co-op Liquor Stores, Dirt Road Pretty Clothing, Highway 12 Sales, Patchouli Mint Spa, Stettler Home Hardware, The Fresh Wife, Today’s Sweet Cakery and Vintage Thistle. To vote go to BOT’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StettlerRegionalBoardofTrade/
According to BOT Project Manager Donna Morris, consumers can vote once pre-round and are eligible to vote each round. There will be four rounds. The final vote will be tallied through the Stettler Independent website with results revealed the evening of the Stettler Awards Gala.
The rounds start with 12 nominees, then eight nominees, four nominees and the final two nominees.
“We are extremely pleased with the nominations we have received this year for the 2018 Awards Gala,” said Morris. “The level of nominees, as always, shows a great deal of commitment and community mindedness with our businesses and citizens. The outstanding efforts of all the nominees is what makes Stettler a great place to live and do business and we are proud to be able to recognize these achievements annually. We are excited to include this year the new Consumers Choice Award co-sponsored by the Stettler Independent where the locals make the final decision on the Award Recipient.”
The BOT encouraged the general public, business owners, and managers to nominate “businesses and individuals deserving of recognition” in a recent BOT newsletter.
The business awards nomination form says the annual Awards Gala recognizes the “success of local businesses who also contribute to the well-being of the area by exemplifying an outstanding spirit and commitment to the Stettler community.”
Some of the business awards include Business of the Year, a Marketing Award, Learning in the Workplace, Product and Innovation Award and the Eco Excellence Award.
Citizenship awards include Citizen of the Year, male and female, and Youth Citizen on the Year.
The Citizen of the Year award “recognizes outstanding dedication and contribution to the welfare or betterment of an individual, service, not-for-profit group, and/or the community in an unpaid position, leaving a positive impact.”
Nominations were confidential.
The information given on nomination forms is used by an anonymous jury which privately deliberates and chooses the award winners.
The awards gala is on Oct. 25, 2018, at the Stettler Community Hall.
The evening will begin with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m., and then the awards and entertainment.
This year the gala will be treated to a performance by Burn ‘N’ Mahn, a duelling piano group from Calgary.