Leader staff

The Chamber has returned to in-person awards nights. This is the second year that the awards were scheduled for Small Business Week, but likely the first that it will happen then.

Last year, the event was postponed until January. The changes which caused that disruption last year aren’t in play this year, so likely everything will go smoothly.

Below are the top 2022 nominees for the Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
Small Business Award: Distractions, Downtown Physiotherapy & Massage, Cast & Court Salon & Spa, and Medicine Shoppe

Slave Lake Medium & Large Business: Carlos Pizza & Steakhouse, The Brick, and Kal Tire.

Slave Lake Home Based Business: Truly Creative Marketing (Chana Trudel), Spot on Laser Engraving (Jihad ‘Jay’ Kahwaji), and Modern Skin & Laser (Taylor Mackie).

Slave Lake Entrepreneur Under 40: Jena Baalbaki, Taylor Mackie, and Nicole Caron.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ali Mouallem, Darrel & Sandra Mackay, and Murray Packolyk.

Slave Lake Business Leader Award: Frankie Ward, Noah McSweyn, and Ali Mouallem.

Customer Service Award: Bworthy Bra Boutique (Janice Nowochin & Michelle O’Neill), Dancing Kids Slave Lake (Heather Auger & Chelsea Lucas), and Designs by Teg (Tegan Boissoneault).

Innovative Business Award nominees are: Grateful Hearts, Dog Island, and Skintasmic.

Spirit of Slave Lake (nonprofits): Dance Creations, Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake Region, and Stage North Association.

Peoples Choice: Second Helping (Bobbi Hartman), Slave Lake Liquor (Jacky Goerz), and Downtown Physiotherapy & Massage (Ganesan Kathiresan).

The awards winners will be announced at the Chamber’s Business Excellence Gala on Saturday, Oct. 22 starting at 6 p.m. at the Legacy Centre in Slave Lake. Tickets are on Eventbrite.

Last year’s Lifetime Achievement award winner, the late Joe Mouallem, pictured with his wife Faye.