And the winners are... Celebration of Excellence 2019
The 2019 Celebration of Excellence honoured the exceptional contributions to the community in the business, tourism and volunteerism sectors as well as the contributions of students.
The ceremony was held at the Badlands Community Facility on Thursday evening, June 13. This was a joint presentation from the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce, the Drumheller Rotary Club and the Town of Drumheller.
Gary Toft, longtime volunteer for The Salvation Army, Knights of Columbus and other organizations was named the Rotary Club's Citizen of the Year. Donna Tessier was the runner up. He was presented the award by Rotary President Stacey Gallagher.
Toft was humble in accepting the award. “It feels really good,” Toft tells the Mail. “Like I said, all the people I phone always come out to help, whether it is for The Salvation Army and date checking food or the Highway Cleanup with the Knights of Columbus. Anything like that, people are always willing to come and help if they have time.”
He adds the volunteer spirit of the community makes his job easier.
“If I find someone who is retired I'll find their phone number and I'll contact them. If they enjoy getting out and working with other people and having fun, they will come,” he said.
The winner of the Rotary Club's Most Courteous Employee is Valley Bus Society driver Dan Ripper. The runner up was Linda Handy of The Town of Drumheller. He was presented the award by Rotary President Stacey Gallagher.
Mr. Ripper has been a driver for the Valley Bus Society for about 15 years.
“I just started doing it, I needed something to do in my spare time, and it kind of grew on me. The more you do it the more you get into it and these people grow on you and become part of your family,” said Ripper.
The Rotary Club's Male Athlete of the Year was Teagan Watson and the Female Athlete of the Year was Camryn McDougald. They were presented the award by Rotary President Stacey Gallagher.
The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce's Arts, Culture and Community Award recipient was Dry Canyon Collectables. Finalists included the Escape Room and Rosebud Theatre.
The Diversity Leadership Award was presented to the Drumheller Public Library. Accepting the award was library director Emily Hollingshead. Other finalists were Boston Pizza and MH Enterprises.
The Most Promising New Business Award winner was Citizen Yoga. Calsea Freeman accepted the award. Runner-ups include the Royal Den Of Hair Connoisseurs and Whispering Spirit Performance Horses.
The Faux Den was named the Small Business of the Year. Owners Tom and Amie Courtenay accepted the award. Other finalists were Centre Street Insurance and TUGS Pop Culture and Sports.
The Large Business of the Year winner was Fountain Tire. Joanne Hodgson accepted the award from Chamber president Jeff Hall. Other finalists included Reality Bytes and Vintage Tap House.
The Business Professional of the year is Shelley Rymal. The other finalists were Amie Courtenay and Willow Brooks. She accepted the award from Chamber President Jeff Hall.
The Travel Drumheller Tourism Excellence award winner was The Last Chance Saloon. Finalists were the East Coulee School Museum and Rosebud Theatre.
The Town of Drumheller Junior High Youth Leader of Tomorrow was Drew Lloyd.
The Town of Drumheller Youth Leaders of Tomorrow Senior High were Zoe Boland and Lexi Plante.
The Badlands Scholarship recipient was
Gary Toft , who volunteers with The Salvation Army and Knights of Columbus was named the 2019 Drumheller Rotary Citizen of the Year. He was presented the award by Rotary President Stacey Gallagher.