Back row from left, Extraordinary Extras-Eugene Wasylik, Kinect Physiotherapy & Wellness-Kaylyn Gordon, Knights Spraying Inc.-Brandon Tupper, Masterpiece Therapies-Janine Lange, and Chamber of Commerce President-Brett Flanders.
From row from left, Extraordinary Extras-Carol Wasylik, Mainstreet Hardware-Kari Thomas, Bomb’s Away-Kira Jaremko, and McDonald’s Family Foods-Angie McDonald.
The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce hosted their 3rd Annual Small Business Awards Gala on October 18, at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites.
“We had a lot more nominations this year which was great to see. We would like to thank the business community for their participation within the chamber and in the community throughout the year,” said Brett Flanders, Chamber of Commerce President.
NewCap Radio’s Kyle Phillips emceed the event, Red Feather Ridge catered the meal, the Vermilion Rotary Club provided bartending, and floral arrangements were provided by Fantasy Flowers and Lakeland Country Florists.
“I’m impressed with the resilience of the small business community. You’ve soldiered through tough times, and in terms of giving back, your employees have gone on to volunteer in the community. You are all winners for contributing to your community, and you not only provide employment, but are prepared to take risks, and provide services with passion,” said MLA Dr. Richard Starke.
County of Vermilion River Reeve, Lonnie Wolgien said, “Congratulations to the nominees and small business community on becoming innovative entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for thinking outside the box. We are looking forward to our continued partnership with the Town of Vermilion.”
Business of the Year was presented to McDonald’s Family Foods, and Rookie Business of the Year was presented to Knights Spraying Inc. Emploee of the Year was presented to Kari Thomas of Mainstreet Hardware, and Employer of the Year was presented to Kaylyn Gordon of Kinect Physiotherapy and Wellness. Spirit of Vermilion was presented to Extraordinary Extras, with a special recognition given to Craig’s Department Store. Inspiring Youth was presented to Kira Jaremco of Bomb’s Away, and President’s Choice was presented to Janine Lange of Masterpiece Therapies.
“I am honoured to recognize the value that you provide to our community. There are people here who champion Vermilion when in other communities, as well as for making Vermilion a great place to work and live,” said Caroline McAuley, Mayor of Vermilion.
An update was given from Lakeland College’s Mike Christie who thanked the business community for their support of students at Lakeland College, as were updates from Community Future’s Phyllis Maki, and the Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan’s Tim Dyck.
“This is an amazing community; you should be proud,” said Dyck.
From left, MLA Dr. Richard Starke, Mya Jaremko, and Mayor Caroline McAuley. Dr. Starke congratulated Jaremko on her choice to make donations to the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Photos Angela Mouly