PHOTOS: 2022 Ponoka chamber business award winners

(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Mayor Kevin Ferguson addresses the chamber members. (Photos by Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)Mayor Kevin Ferguson addresses the chamber members. (Photos by Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Ponoka News publisher Christina Komives, left, presents the first award of the night, the Small Business of the Year Award, to Elaine Makkinga of Makkinga Market.Ponoka News publisher Christina Komives, left, presents the first award of the night, the Small Business of the Year Award, to Elaine Makkinga of Makkinga Market.
Jim Tangjerd, left, presents the Medium Business of the Year award to Josh Lubach of Siding 14 Brewing Company.Jim Tangjerd, left, presents the Medium Business of the Year award to Josh Lubach of Siding 14 Brewing Company.
Trevor Cromartie, centre, presents the Large Business of the Year award to Georges and Kasey Uebelhardt of Heartland Feeds.Trevor Cromartie, centre, presents the Large Business of the Year award to Georges and Kasey Uebelhardt of Heartland Feeds.
MLA Ron Orr, right, accepts the New Business of the Year award on behalf of Ponoka Family Chiropractic, from MC Darcy Stingel.MLA Ron Orr, right, accepts the New Business of the Year award on behalf of Ponoka Family Chiropractic, from MC Darcy Stingel.
Jerel Peters, right, accepts the Community/Service Group of the Year award for Central Alberta Youth Unlimited from chamber president Sherry Gummow.Jerel Peters, right, accepts the Community/Service Group of the Year award for Central Alberta Youth Unlimited from chamber president Sherry Gummow.
MP Blaine Calkins, right, presents Ryan Moore of the Ponoka Golf Community Club with the Customer Service Person of the Year award.MP Blaine Calkins, right, presents Ryan Moore of the Ponoka Golf Community Club with the Customer Service Person of the Year award.
Diane Rose, left, presents Steve Wass of Under Pressure Sewer Line Jetting Inc. with the Inger Laing Memorial Business Person of the Year award.Diane Rose, left, presents Steve Wass of Under Pressure Sewer Line Jetting Inc. with the Inger Laing Memorial Business Person of the Year award.
Donna Noble, left, presents Kristi Hinkley of Sommer Home Hardware Building Centre with the Legacy Business of the Year award.Donna Noble, left, presents Kristi Hinkley of Sommer Home Hardware Building Centre with the Legacy Business of the Year award.

The moment members of the Ponoka business community have anxiously awaited for finally came Oct. 15, and it came with all due ceremony, style and celebration.

The event was the chamber’s first in-person awards gala since 2019.

The event, held at the Ponoka Community Golf Course, started with cocktails and then dinner before the award winners were announced.

Speeches were given by Ponoka Mayor Kevin Ferguson, Lacombe-Ponoka MLA and Minister of Culture Ron Orr and Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins.

The master of ceremonies was Darcy Stingel.

The 2022 business award winners were:

Large Business of the Year

-Heartland Feeds.

Medium Business of the Year

– Siding 14 Brewing Company.

Small Business of the Year

– Makkinga Market.

Inger Laing Memorial Business Person of the Year

– Steve Wass, Under Pressure Sewer Line Jetting Inc.

Community/Service Group of the Year

– Central Alberta Youth Unlimited.

Customer Service Person of the Year

-Ryan Moore, Ponoka Community Golf Club.

New Business of the Year

– Ponoka Family Chiropractic.

Legacy Business of the Year

– Sommer Home Hardware Building Centre.

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