Nominations in for business awards

The competition is on to see which of the 47 nominees will walk away with an award from the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s fifth-annual Business Awards banquet later this month.
The deadline for nominations was Friday, with the banquet slated Feb. 12 at the Fort Frances Curling Club.
Nominees for Business of the Year (one-15 employees), sponsored by CFOB, include ETA Contracting, JN Webb & Sons, La Flambée, M&M Meat Shops, NCDS Career Works, Northwoods Gallery & Gifts, Roseberry Runway, and Sears Canada.
Nominees for Business of the Year (16+ employees), sponsored by Bell Canada, are Canada Safeway, Gillons’ Insurance/Holmlund Financial Services, Green’s Countrywide, Northern Lights Credit Union, and Voyageur Panel.
Vying for Entrepreneur of the Year honours, sponsored by the Rainy River Future Development Corp., are Kelly Spicer and Guy Donaldson (Robin’s Donuts), Mike Maxton (Steamvac/Extreme Electronics), Paul Bock (North Air Services), Phyllis Johnson (Crazy Ladies Fabrics), and Steve Lundon (Northern Do-it center).
Seven people were nominated for Employee of the Year (private sector), sponsored by the Fort Frances Times, including Duane Whitefield (Fort Frances Times), Giselle Calder (Fort Frances General Supply), Nancy Kehler (Pharmasave), Neila Booth (Tammi’s Flowers, Cards & Gifts), Paul Lawson (Causeway Pontiac Buick Ltd.), Sue Danku (CFOB Radio), Melvin Meyers (Ernest Thompson Distributors), and Greg Spicer (Pinewood Sports & Marine).
Nominees for Employee of the Year (not-for-profit), sponsored by Bearskin Airlines, are Andrea Avis (Fort Frances Public Library), Brenda Cooke (Township of Emo), Chane Rissman (Fort Frances Gymnastics Club), and George Bell (Town of Fort Frances).
Charlie Turgeon, Doug Langtry, and Greg Allan were nominated for Abitibi-Consolidated’s Safety Award (individual/employee) while Canada Safeway, ETA Contracting, Family & Children Services, Leon DeGagne Ltd., and ML Judson Trucking Ltd. are up for the business/employer category.
Finally, the Customer Service award, sponsored by Good Impressions Printing, has 13 nominees, including Canada Safeway, Canadian Tire (Rose O’Connor), Crazy Ladies Fabrics, Dough & Deli, Fort Frances Clinic Dispensary (Carol Alton); Fort Frances General Supply, Mary’s Little Lambs, Nor-West Animal Clinic, Pharmasave, Red Dog Inn (dining room servers), Roseberry Runway, Sears Canada, and tagg’s Source for Sports.
Chamber co-ordinator Dawn Booth said the number of nominations was not out of the ordinary. “It’s in line with what we had last year but it’s definitely what you’d call good participation,” she said Monday.
Tickets to the banquet, which cost $35 each, can be purchased or reserved by calling the Chamber office at 274-5773.