The Parkland Chamber Of Commerce had a busy day, hosting an Appreciation Lunch, their Annual General Meeting, and the Iconic Chamber Celebration night. 

The appreciation lunch had a great turnout to show support for all the businesses that make the parkland great, and their many years of service.

As Parkland Chamber Executive Director Stephen Chychota notes, the AGM is business as usual.

We've got our slate of directors that we have to bring in. We've got to vote on a little bit of a bylaw change to try and make doing business a bit easier on our part, but nothing too really extensive. 

The Countryfest Community Cinema was sold out for the third, and largest event, The Parkland Chamber Celebration.

A total of 7 awards were handed out between 28 nominees, but every single nominee well deserved the spotlight.

First off, the recipient of a new award, the New Start-up award, was Grand Vieux Liquor Co, of Grandview. 


Next up, the Young Entrepreneur of the Year went to Kayla Luky, Owner of Old September in Gilbert Plains.


The Award for Side Hustle Business, another new title, went to Craig MacCarthy of North Mountain Adventures of Ochre River.


The winner of the Outstanding Business Award went to Steiner Plumbing and Heating of Dauphin.


The Community Appreciation Group Award went to Habitat for Humanity from Dauphin.


The Individual Appreciation Award went to Darren Eddie.


And finally, the winner of the Business Person of the Year was Kathy McLennan, owner of Roots to Wellness in Ochre River.


The Legacy Award went to Scott Whitmore, but he was unable to attend the event. Scott received the award prior at a special event in City Hall. 

With another successful Award ceremony, Chychota is already looking forward to commemorating more local businesses next year.

It's so much fun, this is such a great event to do year after year, and it's all about these nominees and the ripple effect that comes with it. these individuals, these groups that we're recognizing in these categories, they're doing some amazing work and they make this region and these communities that make it up so much better for what they do out here. they should be really proud about what they're doing. They're being recognized because these are nominations from the public.