By Jaxon McGinn
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Picture Butte is having their 2021 Best of Butte Awards and is asking the public to cast their vote during November. According to the chamber, the first award was given out in 1984 to Harry Watson and many deserving individuals or groups in between.
When considering a Citizen of the Year nomination, the chamber noted, the committee reflects on community involvement, volunteering, and overall contribution to the town. For the New Business Award, the chamber recognizes a new business in town, either storefront or home-based, or a new owner of an existing business.
For the Customer Service Award, the chamber chooses a business that demonstrates a positive attitude and excellence. Some of the criteria include: Is the business aesthetically pleasing? Is the service professional pleasant, efficient? And, the Employer of the Year Award recognizes employers promoting community involvement, employing locally, attracting youth to the local workforce, and bringing in new people and a show of pride of ownership.
“It is a good time to take a moment out and make a nomination. Show our local community and businesses that you appreciate what they do for you. Please send the name of the business, the category you are nominating them for and the reasons why you have selected them,” said Rita Palawage from the Picture Butte and District Chamber of Commerce.
The nominations are tallied, and winners normally announced at the AGM in January. This year, the chamber asks residents of Picture Butte to send their nominations by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries close on Nov. 30, 2021.
Over the years, the chamber has helped with many events in the Town of Picture Butte, including organizing political forums (both provincial and federal), retail late night shopping, the Jamboree Days parade and the town’s recent Midnight Madness. The chamber said, as an organization, it is always looking for new ideas from the citizens of Picture Butte and its members.
These are the list of eligible businesses for nomination. Ag Employ&Immigration, APC Industrial Ltd. ATB Financial A-Win Insurance, Bee Hive Child Care Center, Ben’s Quality Meats, Bert’s Ag. Foods Bowville Farms Ltd. Brehaut, Insurance Group Ltd, Butte Home Hardware, Butte Motors and Farm Supply, Butte’s Fashion Connection
Cactus Pub Grill& Pizza and many more.
The chamber said it is available in the community to help answer any questions and support when needed. To contact the chamber, call 403-732-4302 or email email@example.com.