Facebook link2016 Community Award Recipients & NomineEs REcognized at Spring Celebration

Cochrane, AB: May 29, 2016 — Forty-five nominees and thirteen Cochrane Community Award recipients were showcased this weekend at the Spring awards ceremony held on Sunday May 29 at the Cochrane RancheHouse.

With a backdrop of dramatic mountain views and a room decorated with fresh spring flowers, residents, businesses, school groups, and organizations who had been nominated by the community were recognized. This year’s program included a new award category, Equity and Inclusion Champion of the Year, which recognizes the activities Cochranites are undertaking to advance our community’s ability to be welcoming to everyone.

The ceremony got underway with fanfare when nominees were piped into the room by Susan Flowers of the Cochrane Pipe Band. Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police attired in red serge and the Cochrane Lions Rodeo Royalty Queen and Princess added glamour and elegance to the event. This year's event emcee,  Stuart Bradley, is a celebrity auctioneer, community advocate and decendent of local pioneers.

 The 2016 award recipients are:

 Order of Cochrane: Betty & Denis Goodsell
(Category Sponsor:  Cochrane Mayor and Council)

Ambassador of the Year: Bow Valley Rugby Club
(Category Sponsor:  Great Things in Store)

Business of the Year: Guy's Cafe and Bakery
(Category Sponsor: Cochrane & District Chamber of Commerce)

Citizen of the Year:  Marni Fedeyko
(Category Sponsor: Cochrane Firefighter Community Foundation)

Community Builder of the Year:  Bill Popplewell
(Category Sponsor: LaVita Land Inc.)

Education Initiative of the Year: Bow Valley High School - Building Futures Program
(Category Sponsor: Bow Valley College) 

Employer of the Year:  Cochrane Movie House
(Category Sponsor: Cochrane & District Chamber of Commerce)

Equity and Inclusion Champion of the Year: Elisa Neven-Pugh
(Category Sponsor: Town of Cochrane Equity & Inclusion Committee)

Newsmaker of the Year: Cochrane Historial & Archival Preservation Society (CHAPS)
(Category Sponsor: Cochrane Times) 

Pathfinder of the Year: Paul Hewko
(Category Sponsor: Sustainability Partners Uniting Resources)  

Senior of the Year: Stuart Bradley
(Category Sponsor: Grand Avenue Pharmacy) 

Volunteer Group of the Year:  Cochrane Society for Housing Options (CSHO)
(Category Sponsor: Cochrane Family & Community Support Services)

Youth of the Year:  Jordan Tilma
(Category Sponsor: Boys & Girls Club of Cochrane & Area / Tremar Computer Solutions)
The 2016 nominees are: Aeron E. King Goldsmith Ltd.; Lynda Alderman; Andrew Barnett; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area – Cochrane; Bow Valley High School, Building Futures Program; Bow Valley Rugby Club; Stuart Bradley; Cochrane and Area Events Society (CAES); Cochrane Glee Club; Cochrane High School Sustainable Development Committee; Cochrane Historical & Archival Preservation Society (CHAPS); Cochrane Home Treasures; Cochrane Movie House; Cochrane Search and Rescue (CSAR); Cochrane Society for Housing Options (CSHO); Anne Csak; Mary Dueck; Marni Fedeyko; Fireweed Yoga; Jennifer Foy; Kassidy Gerhardi; Nancy Gibbie; Betty Goodsell; Denis Goodsell; Ray Goodship; Glennis Goodwin; Guy's Cafe and Bakery; Paul Hewko; Holy Spirit Elementary School - First Nations Music Program; Kara Hughes; Ron Knowles; Lindsay Leigh Kimmett Memorial Foundation; Sandy MacKenzie; Manachaban Middle School - WILD Program; Mitford School - Watershed Inquiry Project; Pete McBreen; Elisa Neven-Pugh; Lorna O'Shea; Riley Paffrath; Bill Popplewell; Rival Boxing Gym Cochrane; Leah Ronak; St. Andrew's United Church - Community Lunch Program; Jordan Tilma; Town of Cochrane - Rock the Waves.

Selection Process:  The names of award candidates are submitted in writing to the selection committee by members of the community by completing a nomination form outlining why the candidate is worthy of recognition.  All nominees are presented with a nomination certificate.  Final recipients are determined by a selection committee, which this year was made up of the 11 member community-based organizing committee and four volunteers who are final award recipients from previous years. This year’s panel of volunteers included:   Jack Tennant, Judy Stewart, Bruce Kay, and Brendan Trinka.

About CCA - The Cochrane Community Awards program is overseen by a committee of local representatives including: educators, seniors, businesses, sustainability champions, as well as the Cochrane and District Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Cochrane. The program is funded through sponsorship from local businesses and groups who recognize the value in activities that encourage making Cochrane a vibrant place to live.