A longtime Stettler town councillor and a dedicated volunteer have been named citizens of the year by the Stettler Regional Board of Trade and Community Development.
Town of Stettler Coun. Leona Thorogood will be honoured as the top female and Rob Spencer as the top male at the Stettler Business and Citizenship Awards Night on Oct. 25.
A longtime and life member of Stettler Kinette Club, Thorogood is also a member of the Stettler Health Services Foundation.
She wasn’t immediately available to comment on her selection.
“It is a big surprise to me,” Spencer said of his award.
Spencer has served with the Heartland Beautification Committee for almost five years.
“I am honoured to be recognized, but that isn’t why I do any of the things that I am involved in,” he said.
With the beautification committee, he was instrumental in planting the seed to create Stettler Community Gardens three years ago. The garden continues to grow in size and support.
Spencer also chairs Stettler’s Communities in Bloom committee.
“I just want to make a difference and help others out or create things that have value for the community,” he said. “I also hope that others will get involved.
“There are many others in Stettler that contribute to making this a better community.”
A variety of businesses will be represented on awards night.
“The Business and Citizenship Awards have been a prestigious business event for many years,” said Stacey Benjamin, the manager of the Stettler Board of Trade.
Maurice Fritze of Edmonton will be the guest speaker and will focus on ways to motivate staff in the business community.
Other awards will be presented for:
Business of the Year: 59 Street Liquor Store.
Small Business of the Year: Bloke’s Bakery.
Customer Service Award: Sears; with honourable mention to Stettler Canada Post staff.
Community Service Award: Wells Furniture.
Business Service Award: TD Canada Trust.
Marketing Award: Auto Xtras Ltd.
Corporate Citizen of the Year: Tim Hortons.
Learning in the Workplace Award: Score Projects.
Restaurant of the Year: Stettler Pizza.
Heritage Award: Bagshaw Electric Ltd., for 65 years of service.
Tickets are available at the board of trade office. Call 403-742-3181.