November 15th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 46
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New Chamber president
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
It was a celebration of local business at the Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce’s sold out Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 7 where a new board was selected with two returning members and five new board members.

The board is now composed of Sacha Anderson (Community Futures), Cole Fawcett (Castle Mountain Resort), Koral Lazzarotto (Burrows Building Corp.), Claire Rogers (Riversdale Resources), Kyle Schofield (Servus Credit Union), Peter Bubik (PB Power Inc.) and Tim May (The Rum Runner).

“We had a great response,” says Jackie Woodman, office manager for the chamber. “It’s so important to recognize business excellence in the community. With the new board, it’s exciting to have a younger group of people.”

Anderson was selected as the board’s new president at the first official meeting on November 14. Former president Brian Gallant announced that he would be stepping down earlier in the year. He had served one year as a director, three years as president and had dedicated countless hours of volunteer time to the chamber.

Bubik was chosen as vice-president, May as treasurer and Rogers as secretary.
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To recognize and reward the work of local businesses, the chamber presented their customary awards to businesses of note at the AGM.

The Holy Ghost Cafe and Music Hall was the recipient of the New Businesses of the Year Award, which is presented to the business that has “demonstrated sound business practices, leadership, community involvement and excellent employee relations,” according to the nomination form.

The Holy Ghost has seen a very busy six months in business since they opened in June 2017.

“It means a lot to us both because we’ve gotten such great support from the locals and the highway traffic, so we were over the moon, to say the least. It means a great deal,” says Craig Erdmann, who owns the cafe with his wife Desiree. “We’re very thankful for the support that we’ve received from the community.”

For Business of the Year, Troy and Christine Misseghers of Crowsnest Coffee Company took home the award for demonstrating “sound business practices, leadership, community involvement and excellent employee relations.”

“It was a pleasant surprise, for sure,” says Troy. “We knew we were nominated, but we definitely didn’t expect to win the award in that category. It’s always nice to feel well supported in the community and the chamber. We felt really lucky.”
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Crowsnest Coffee Company has been operating since summer 2011.

Outstanding Customer Service went to Turtle Mountain Pharmacy, which “best demonstrates excellence in customer service in the past year.”

“It’s a real honour and privilege to receive an award like that in recognition. We strive to give the best care and advice to everyone regarding their health. We make their health our priority,” says Turtle Mountain Pharmacy owner Richard Milford. The pharmacy opened in February 2006 and operated for many years in Bellevue before moving to Crowsnest Mall in 2015.

Fred Bradley’s involvement in Crowsnest Pass was highlighted with the Community Spirit Award.

“This award is to recognize a chamber member whose active in community as volunteer and who is active in chamber. We awarded it to Fred because of his involvement in heritage initiatives and his passion and enthusiasm for those things,” says Woodman, who adds that the recipient for this award is selected by the board, not by a public nomination process.

“I was very surprised and honoured that the chamber selected me to receive the award when there are so many other businesses in the community that have contributed very much,” says Bradley.

The Chamber of Commerce is now gearing up for the annual Christmas in the Mountains weekend from December 1 to 3. Visit www.christmasinthemountains.ca for updated chamber and event information.
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