Chamber celebrates its members

Published on Tuesday, 26 March 2024 08:42

The Parkland Chamber of Commerce took some time to recognize the efforts of local business and community leaders during a Celebration Night, Mar. 20, at Countryfest Community Cinema.

Local car dealer Dean Cooley received the Business Person of the Year Award, a testament to a passion for excellence and leadership in the business community and his commitment to economic development, innovation, business ethics and community involvement.

Ian Leighton of ICL General Construction was on hand to accepted the Outstanding Business Award recognizing success in company growth, growth prospects, and employment creation, while demonstrating a clear strategic vision and engaging in innovative practices which have a continuing positive impact on the community.

Tanner Bennet of Grow Media in Dauphin was recognized as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year. The award is presented to an individual between the ages of 18 and 35 who has been in business no longer than two years and exemplifies the qualities of effective leadership, innovatively applied know-how, and excellent potential for growth.

The Community Appreciation Group award was presented to The Bridge Ochre River, a safe place for children and teens in the community.

The Community Appreciation Individual Award went to Marge Beyette. The Community Appreciation Awards recognize those who have contributed through their personal efforts to the wellbeing of the community as a whole.

Hot Shot Entertainment owner Cory Gulenchin was honoured as the winner of the Side Hustle Business Award. The award recognizes an entrepeneur who demonstrates success within a venture they operate outside their regular job.

For the second year in a row, alcohol played a role in the presentation of the Start-up Business Award as the ownership group from Obsolete Brewing Co. accepted the award from last year’s winner Pierce Cairns of Grand Vieux Liquor Co.

The evening wrapped up with a special presentation of the Legacy Award to Dauphin Music and Electronics recognizing the extraordinary things the business accomplished which benefited the region in unique and meaningful ways and served as an inspiration .

Dauphin Music and Electronics closed its doors last fall after 77 years in business.



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