The 2019 Celebration of Excellence honoured the exceptional contributions to the community in the business, tourism and volunteerism sectors as well as the contributions of students. The ceremony was held at the Badlands Community Facility on Thursday evening, June 13.
Gary Toft, longtime Salvation Army, Knights of Columbus and Ag Society volunteer was named the Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year. Donna Tessier was the runner up. He is presented the award by Rotary President Stacey Gallagher.
The winner of the Rotary Club’s Most Courteous Employee is Valley Bus Society driver Dan Ripper. The runner up was Linda Handy of The Town of Drumheller. He is presented the award by Rotary President Stacey Gallagher.
The Rotary Club’s Female Athlete of the Year was Camryn McDougald, left, and Male Athlete of the Year was Teagan Watson. They are presented the award by Rotary President Stacey Gallagher.
The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce’s Arts, Culture and Community Award recipient was Dry Canyon Collectables. Mike and Lynn Fabrick accept the award. Finalists include the Escape Room and Rosebud Theatre.
The Diversity Leadership Award was presented to the Drumheller Public Library. Accepting the award is library director Emily Hollingshead. Other finalists were Boston Pizza and MH Enterprises.
The Most Promising New Business Award winner was Citizen Yoga. Accepting the award is Calsea Freeman. Runner-ups include the Royal Den Of Hair Connoisseurs and Whispering Spirit Performance Horses.
The Faux Den was named the Small Business of the Year. Owners Tom and Amie Courtenay accept the award. Other finalists include Centre Street Insurance and TUGS Pop Culture and Sports.
The Large Business of the Year winner was Fountain Tire. Joanne Hodgson accepts the award from Chamber president Jeff Hall. Other finalists include Reality Bytes and Vintage Tap House.
The Business Professional of the year is Shelley Rymal. The other finalists were Amie Courtenay and Willow Brooks. She accepts the award from Chamber President Jeff Hall.
The Travel Drumheller Tourism Excellence award winner was The Last Chance Saloon. Finalists were the East Coulee School Museum and Rosebud Theatre.
The Town of Drumheller Junior High Youth Leader of Tomorrow, Junior High was Drew Lloyd.
The Town of Drumheller Youth Leader of Tomorrow Senior High was Zoe Boland.
The Town of Drumheller Youth Leader of Tomorrow Senior High was Lexi Plante.
The Badlands Scholarship recipient was Brandon Holden. He is presented the award by Mayor Heather Colberg.