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Crowsnest Chamber awards businesses and has new board

Friday, 17 November 2017. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Crowsnest Chamber awards businesses and has new board
Craig and Desirée Erdmann of Holy Ghost Café and Music Hall   Photos by Maureen Bevan

Crowsnest Chamber awards businesses and has new board

By Georgia Dale

Members of Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce honoured outstanding businesses and elected five new members to the board of directors at their annual general meeting Oct. 23 in Coleman.

What could have been a routine meeting was a festive occasion at Country Encounters, catered with a gourmet meal and supplied with fresh, local beer by Old Man River Brewing of Lundbreck.

Chamber secretary Jackie Woodman said the well-attended meeting was a great opportunity to celebrate business excellence in the Pass.

Receiving awards were Crowsnest Coffee Co. for business of the year, Holy Ghost Café & Music Hall for new business of the year, and Turtle Mountain Pharmacy for outstanding customer service. Fred Bradley received the Community Spirit Award.

Jackie voiced her excitement that these vibrant businesses are finding success and said she’s looking forward to what the new members of the board have to offer the community. It is important that the chamber “constantly evolve” and keep improving on the work of the previous board, she said.

Fresh faces on the board, as well as the building of the new swimming pool and the expansion of the Pass Powderkeg ski area, make these exciting times to live in Crowsnest Pass, and organizations like the United Riders of Crowsnest mountain bike club and Sinister 7 bring “adventurous people” to the Pass both to live and to compete.

The new members are Sacha Anderson of Community Futures, Cole Fawcett of Castle Mountain Resort, Koral Lazzarotto of Burrows Building, Claire Rogers of Riversdale Resources and Kyle Schofield of Servus Credit Union.

Outgoing president Brian Gallant also expressed enthusiasm, saying he is “so happy with the composition of the new board.” The members, he said, are younger than he has usually seen and are very well connected to the community.

Brian feels content with the way he and previous board members have handed over their projects and looks forward to watching the new board build upon their accomplishments.

Over the last three years, with Brian as head of the board, the chamber of commerce has continued to promote tourism by working with Travel Alberta and Community Futures, improving designs on www.crowsnestpass.com, expanding the circulation of the visitor guide and managing the Travel Alberta Visitor Information Centre.

The chamber has also made significant changes to the Christmas in the Mountains celebration and the Lifestyle and Outdoor Adventure Show.

After four years on the board, Brian looks forward to spending some time on his professional endeavours but intends to continue his volunteer work as editor of the visitor guide and a designer of the municipality’s website.

Brian hopes to see the new board members remain engaged with community events such as the Shop Local program and the business mentorship program.

He paraphrased the general meeting’s guest speaker, Steph O’Brien, with the advice that “The more you put in, the more you get out of it.” After four years serving on the board, Brian knows this to be true.

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Richard and Darsey Milford of Turtle Mountain Pharmacy

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Troy and Christine Misseghers of Crowsnest Coffee

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Fred Bradley