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Area Businesses Celebrated at Annual Awards

by Shanine Sealey

The Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce (PSCC) hosted their annual awards gala on Saturday, May 7th at the North Ridge Community Centre in Martensville.

The Business Excellence Awards, formerly known as the Warman, Martensville & Region Business Excellence Awards (WMBEXA) saw a packed house that night as businesses from the area came together to celebrate one another.

The event was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, and was held virtually in 2021, therefore many were excited to get together in-person once again to attend the gala.

“The Prairie Sky Business Excellence Awards recognize the entrepreneurial passion, talent, dedication and tireless efforts of our business communities as well as celebrate growth. We come together as a community annually to recognize and celebrate our successes. Award recognition provides business owners and their employees with a sense of accomplishment and pride. This recognition also serves as a way of letting customers know that the businesses are working hard and appreciate the support, ” Jaycee Turtle, PSCC Chair, stated.

Finalists for each of the seven categories were announced in April, and after patiently waiting, the winners were announced at the Business Excellence Awards.

Non-Profit of the Year went to Warman Farmers Market, with the other finalists being; Martensville & District Lions Club, Martensville Farmers Market and Martensville Free Pantry.

The Community Involvement Award was won by Zak’s Home Hardware, who was up against finalists; Atlas Outdoors, Legends Pharmacy, McDowell Martial Arts, and Warman Home Centre.

Customer Service was awarded to Warman Home Centre. The other finalists for this award were Bo’s Pet Service, Breathe Better Specialists, Dahlia Salon, and Pretty Little Pieces.

The Business Marketing Award went to Pretty Little Pieces, with the other finalists being; Carter’s Counselling, Dahlia Salon, Rave BBQ Rubs and Team Iron Elles.

New Business of the Year was won by Laserology. The other finalists in this category were: Austin Reimer- REMAX, Darling Creations, Rave BBQ Rubs and Reign Academy.

Martensville business Dahlia Salon & Spa was awarded Employer of the Year, who edged out the other finalists; Lakeview Insurance, Legends Pharmacy, Warman Home Centre and Zak’s Home Hardware.

Lakeview Insurance won Business of the Year against other finalists; Legends Pharmacy, Prairie ICF, Warman Home Centre LP, and Zak’s Home Hardware.

Prior to the event, Lakeview Insurance joined in a friendly bet against fellow Business of the Year finalists Prairie ICF and Zak’s Home Hardware, which means that the two other businesses will now be donating $1000 each to Lakeview Insurance’s chosen organization SOS Prairie Rescue.

Inspired by this generosity, Lakeview Insurance decided to do some donations of their own, and provided $500 each to the Warman Food Bank and the Martensville Community Recreation Project; the organizations chosen by Prairie ICF and Zak’s Home Hardware.

For more information about the Business Excellence Awards, or about the PSCC, visit www.prairieskychamber.ca.

ABOVE PHOTO CAPTION: Dahlia Salon and Spa was awarded Employer of the Year at the Business Excellence Awards, held May 6th.

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