And the win­ners are... Cel­e­bra­tion of Ex­cel­lence 2019

The Drumheller Mail - - Front Page - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

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

Bran­don Holden.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

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.

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