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Business Excellence Awards to Highlight Resiliency

by Shanine Sealey

The 2021 Virtual Warman, Martensville & Region Business Excellence & Resilience Awards (WMBEXA) will be taking place on Thursday, May 27th. This year, the awards will look a little different as the Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce (PSCC), who host the awards each year, decided to modify the event from focusing on one specific winner in each category to instead focusing on all businesses within the region to highlight the resilience, heart, grit, compassion, determination, and leadership put in throughout the past year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Excellence in 2020 took on a whole new meaning, and as such, we are transforming our 6th annual WMBEXA Gala to showcase and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and resiliency of the many businesses throughout our region,” the PSCC states on their website.

The categories within the awards have taken on a new look this year as well, with modifications made from titles such as “Business of the Year”, “Customer Service” and “Community Involvement” to “Micro Warrior”, “Business Champion”, “Service Re-Imagined”, “Community Hero” and “Break Out New Business”.

“By changing the names, we wanted to choose something that was inspirational because what these businesses have done over the past year is nothing short of an inspiration. It hasn’t been an easy road for them and it is something that we believe deserves to be celebrated,” Jaime Holowaty, PSCC Board Chair, explained.

As usual, this event would not be possible without the support of the numerous sponsors that stepped up to help out. “We couldn’t do this event without the sponsors, and this year, we had so many that wanted to help out that we created a ‘Friends of the Awards’ category for a smaller amount so more businesses could get involved. Thank you so much to all of the sponsors for contributing to this event. It is greatly appreciated,” said Holowaty.

This is the second WMBEXA to be held virtually due to the COVID pandemic; however, Holowaty stated that the PSCC is looking forward to hosting the event in-person again. “We have definitely made this work the best that we can, but we can’t wait to get back to having the in-person gala and celebrating these businesses face-to-face.”

“Thank you to all of the businesses for the hard work that you put in over this last year. We know that things weren’t always easy and some businesses were forced to close down temporarily, but we are happy to see them re-opened and the people in the community supporting them,” Holowaty added.

For more information about the PSCC, or WMBEXA, visit https://www.prairieskychamber.ca/.

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