Fi­nal­ists an­nounced for Cel­e­bra­tion of Ex­cel­lence

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The fi­nal­ists have been an­nounced for the 2017 Cel­e­bra­tion of Ex­cel­lence.

A panel of anony­mous judges have reached their de­ci­sions and an ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of fi­nal­ists has been named for the Ro­tary Club of Drumheller's 2017 Cel­e­bra­tion of Ex­cel­lence Awards. The win­ners will be an­nounced at a gala evening pre­sented by Canalta and the Ro­tary Club of Drumheller on Satur­day, April 8, at the Cre­ta­ceous Con­fer­ence Cen­tre.

Linda Traquair and Jamie Wor­man are the fi­nal­ists for Cit­i­zen of the Year.

Since her re­tire­ment in 2007, Linda Traquair has be­come a very ac­tive vol­un­teer in the com­mu­nity. Be­fore her re­tire­ment, she served sev­eral years on the D.A.R.T.S. Board. She sat on the Drumheller Li­brary Board for nine years and served as the Chair­per­son from 2009 to 2016. She has served as a Board Mem­ber of the Di­nosaur Trail Golf and Coun­try Club for the past two years and was a very ac­tive mem­ber of the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity Steer­ing and De­sign Com­mit­tees.

She served as the Vice Chair of the Town of Drumheller Olympic Torch Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee in 2009 and was Chair­per­son of the Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee to bring the Al­berta 55-Plus Games to Drumheller in 2016.

Jamie Wor­man rep­re­sents the next gen­er­a­tion of

vol­un­teers in the Val­ley. He has al­ready raised over $100,000 for char­i­ties. He was the driv­ing force be­hind the “Santa Cause” cam­paigns and raised money for the Bran­don Hall fam­ily to cover med­i­cal and travel ex­penses for can­cer treat­ment.

Tired of the end­less neg­a­tiv­ity on Face­book and Twit­ter, Jamie asked peo­ple to stop com­plain­ing about their com­mu­nity and in­stead sup­port a needy child with a Back to School raf­fle to pur­chase back to school items that ben­e­fited 75 chil­dren. He has sup­ported the Sal­va­tion Army food drive and or­ga­nized a town snow­ball fight to raise funds. He has raised funds for the Dino Arts in Drumheller with a pie throw­ing con­test and through so­cial me­dia has raised funds lo­cally, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally to sup­port his dif­fer­ent en­deav­ors in­clud­ing sup­port for Fort McMur­ray res­i­dents dur­ing the wild fires of 2016.

For the Most Cour­te­ous Em­ployee of the Year, Jo­ce­lyn Turenne and Don Woodruff are the fi­nal­ists.

Jo­ce­lyn works at The Brick, in Café Ole and is nom­i­nated for mak­ing ev­ery out­ing to the café spe­cial. She greets pa­trons with a wel­com­ing smile, re­mem­ber­ing your pref­er­ences from pre­vi­ous vis­its. She gives spe­cial at­ten­tion to all the cus­tomers from lit­tle ones in strollers to se­niors. She is de­scribed as kind and help­ful and pa­tient with those who are not sure how to or­der those “fancy” cof­fees.

Don Woodruff, as a Li­censed In­sur­ance Bro­ker at Rutz Agen­cies, pro­vides ser­vice with a smile. He is very knowl­edge­able and his ex­pla­na­tions of com­plex terms is to the point and un­der­stand­able. He does not mind be­ing ques­tioned and is help­ful in sug­gest­ing other pro­cesses or things that might help to com­plete what you need. He has a good mem­ory for de­tails and checks his facts. He is cour­te­ous and friendly even when in­ter­rupted dur­ing his lunch or other times of the day.

Suc­cess in ath­let­ics is an im­por­tant part of our com­mu­nity. The 2017 fe­male and male ath­letes have been se­lected. Bai­ley Faubion and Noah Miles are named Drumheller Ath­letes of the Year.

The Town of Drumheller will be pre­sent­ing the Bad­lands Schol­ar­ship and the Lead­ers of To­mor­row Awards. The Bad­lands Schol­ar­ship is a four-year, $500 schol­ar­ship in­tended for a stu­dent that will be at­tend­ing post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion. The Lead­ers of To­mor­row Awards are not aca­demic awards, they are se­lected by teach­ers, the awards rec­og­nize a Ju­nior and Se­nior High School stu­dent who demon­strates strong lead­er­ship and cit­i­zen­ship qual­i­ties.

Pre­sented by Canalta and the Ro­tary Club of Drumheller the gala evening takes place on Satur­day, April 8 at the Cre­ta­ceous Ban­quet Room. A so­cial hour be­gins at 5:30 p.m. Ad­vance tick­ets on sale at SJ Fash­ions or call He­len Peers at 403-8233578.

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