© Times-Herald photo by Joel van der Veen
Slim Mitchell regales the audience with a short piece of cowboy poetry during the Moose Jaw Business Excellence Awards on Wednesday night.
By Joel van der Veen
This year’s Moose Jaw Business Excellence Awards featured a little bit of everything: surprise, tributes, laughter, tears and even some cowboy poetry.
Around 350 guests descended upon the Heritage Inn on Wednesday night for a ceremony honouring the best and brightest of the city’s business community.
Jim Millar, president of the Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce, noted in his opening comments that the field of contenders was the largest in the awards’ 11-year history, with a total of 49 nominations.
“The Moose Jaw BEX awards were developed to build a positive business climate by recognizing and encouraging excellence,” he said.
Becoming a finalist gives businesses an opportunity to increase their profile among clients, investors and job seekers, he continued, adding, “It’s also a great way to celebrate accomplishments, strengthen the workplace and build staff morale.”
Awards were presented in 11 categories, the most prestigious of which — Business of the Year — went to the Mosaic Belle Plaine potash mine.
Administrative assistant Sharlene Myketiak was on hand to receive another honour for Mosaic, the Healthy Workplaces award, and was evidently surprised to return to the stage to accept the final title of the evening.
“I’m sure they would have wanted somebody more important than me, but I’m very honoured to accept this on their behalf,” she said, to laughter from the audience. “I love going to work everyday. . . everyone that works out there is absolutely awesome.”
Mosaic received the Healthy Workplace Award for its efforts to promote fitness, wellness and balanced living amongst its workforce, including Zumba, karate, stress management and a walking path.
For more information, see Thursday's edition of the Times-Herald.