Here is your chance to show your support for the outstanding services and businesses that make Stettler a terrific place to live – all while entering to win a $300 gift card to Sobeys.
Voting is underway for the ‘Best of Stettler Readers’ Choice Awards 2020’ with a special supplement outlining who has landed the top spots set to be published Oct. 22nd.
There are plenty of categories to check out from Favourite Place for a First Date, Best Hidden Gem and Best Hair Salon to Best Grocery Store and Who is Your COVID Hero? among loads of others.
“Stettler is a fantastic place to raise your children and make a life for yourself,” said Christel Shuckburgh, mentoring coordinator with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
“People go above and beyond to help each other out when in need, and I have seen this first hand as the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring coordinator with Heartland Youth Center,” she said.
“This year has been something different than we have ever seen before and many groups have rallied together to make sure that people are being looked after, that funds are continuing to be raised for those most important non-profit organizations in our town from staff reaching out to the families they serve to grants for food and other needs from United Way of Central Alberta and President’s Choice Children’s Charity that we were able to offer.”
Shuckburgh said it’s also been wonderful to see mentors at Big Brothers Big Sisters and volunteers find ways to help while social distancing, such as virtually.
“If you want to be part of the solution in Stettler, you can be! That’s what I love, there are so many opportunities here for a small, rural town. I also participated in a few really fun activities this summer that the whole community was involved in to give us some safe fun, such as the Amazing Race run by the Stettler Library and collaborated on by at least six other organizations!”
She added that she and her family have been able to try many things that they may not have otherwise have tried over the past months, such as touring the community orchard and driving an antique tractor at the museum.
“As Fred Rogers once said, ‘When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’.”
Other categories in the Best of Stettler run the gamut from Best Place to Get Breakfast, Best Weekday Lunch and Best Coffehouse to Favourite Place to Walk and Favourite Winter Activity.
The closing date for the contest is Sept. 20th.
“This is a great opportunity to support our local businesses. Our community is defined by our small businesses,” said Christina Komives, sales manager of the Stettler Independent and Castor Advance.
“I hope the results of this contest also give readers information about some of the unique things our great businesses have to offer. Hopefully it will encourage people to shop at a business that they may not have known much about previously.”
To enter go to www.stettlerindependent.com/contests
Again, the closing date for voting is Sept. 20th.