Rewarding recognition

Paul Hutchings
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Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce awards show how work is valued: past recipient

DEER LAKE — It was a good night for Alison Ropson.

The Scotiabank customer service representative received an award for Employee of the Year at the first annual Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Awards Gala last April. A year later she’s still thankful.

“It was so unexpected, I went as a guest, not knowing I’d receive the award,” she said. “I was very surprised.”

The chamber issued a call for nominations for this year’s awards gala on Apr. 12, with a deadline for nomination submissions set for Jan. 31. Winning, said Ropson, is something that stays with you for the entire year.

“It something that makes you realize how much everyone values what you do,” she said. “It makes you feel really good just to be nominated, then you win and it feels really good.”

She said it also made her thankful for previous years and hopes the Deer Lake chamber receives several nominations.

Other winners last year included Perry Compton of Woodward Motors for Employer of the Year and Coun. Amanda Freake for her involvement in organizing the town’s yearly Strawberry Festival.

Special recognition went to B&S Trucking for its contributions in green waste disposal.

Categories for nominations include, Business of the Year, the Rising Star Business Award, Individual Community Spirit Award and Business Years of Service.


Organizations: Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce, Employer of the Year

Geographic location: DEER LAKE

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