Up for an ABEX
Green Hill Lodge and Suites nominated for provincial business award
During the past year, Green Hill Lodge and Suites coowners Amir Ashraf and Allan Balan were too busy getting Green Hill Lodge and Suites up and running to even think about awards.
It came as a pleasant surprise then when they were nominated for one.
The Prince Albert care home is one of six finalists up for the New Venture Award; one of 10 ABEX awards presented annually to the top businesses in the province by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. The recognition has Ashraf and Balan beaming.
“To be named a finalist is certainly a thrill,” Balan said. “As a team, we’re very proud of the nomination.”
“Being within the first year of our operation, to be considered (for an ABEX) is huge for us, in terms of our business practices and development,” Ashraf added.
Since taking possession of the former Pineview Terrace Lodge in March 2015, Ashraf, Balan and their staff have worked tirelessly to turn Green Hill Lodge and Suites into a welcoming place.
Ashraf said it’s vital that care homes provide a compassionate and caring atmosphere in a quick and timely manner.
“Communication with families is key,” he explained. “It’s very important and it needs to be conducted efficiently.”
However, providing that service hasn’t been easy. Balan said it was a challenge to get the business off the ground, and they didn’t have a lot of time to do it in. In the end however, it was worth it.
“We’ve taken a facility that was shut down—that was kind of given up on—and rather than bulldoze it, now it’s alive again,” Balan said. “It’s vibrant. There are people outside. The cottages are rented. Seniors are coming. Families are visiting. It’s what I remembered it being 20 years ago.”
Being a finalist is a proud moment for the Green Hill Lodge staff, too. Director of operations Zabi Nullah said it’s nice to their work recognized.
“It makes you feel much more confidant, and better, when your efforts are seen and somebody acknowledges you.”
Green Hill Lodge is the only Prince Albert business up for an ABEX award this year. Balan and Ashraf said they’re proud to represent the community, and hope they can bring some positive attention to the area.
“It’s good to have recognition for the city, (to show) that the city is moving forward as well,” Balan said.
Green Hill Lodge and Suites is one of six finalists for the New Venture Award. The other five are Black Bridge Brewery from Swift Current, Buckberger, Baerg & Partners LLP from Saskatoon, Queen City Excavating from Regina, and two Warman businesses: Warman Physiotherapy & Wellness, and Warman Small Animal Hospital.
The 2016 ABEX Awards will be presented on Oct. 22 in Saskatoon.
A group of seniors take part in an exercise class at Green Hill Lodge and Suites in Prince Albert. The care home was recently nominated for the New Venture Award, to be presented at the 2016 ABEX Awards in October.
From left to right, Green Hill Lodges and Suites director of operations Zabi Nullah, and co-owners Amir Ashraf and Allan Balan pose for a photo. All three say it’s exciting to be recognized for an ABEX award.