Canadian Tire Sylvan Lake was presented with the Business of the Year Award. Owner Paul Ventura accepted the plaque from Darren Galan of Servus Credit Union (behind him) along with Canadian Tire staff members Tanya Adams

Canadian Tire Sylvan Lake was presented with the Business of the Year Award. Owner Paul Ventura accepted the plaque from Darren Galan of Servus Credit Union (behind him) along with Canadian Tire staff members Tanya Adams

Mermaid Ball – Business of the Year – Canadian Tire

This business excels in the economic and social wellbeing of the community.

This business excels in the economic and social wellbeing of the community.

Canadian Tire Sylvan Lake was the winner. Locally owned and operated, this business takes pride in employing local residents whenever possible.

Paul Ventura and his staff are totally committed to taking an active role in many community activities including, but not limited to, Jumpstart, minor hockey, Shake The Lake, Spirit of Sylvan Yuletide Festival, Sylvan Lake & Area Community Partners, local sports teams and more.

He believes in quality customer service and instills this into his staff in such a way that they enjoy their jobs and promote shopping locally through above average customer service.

This store is involved in the community in many, many ways and they have a great deal of respect from citizens and other local businesses.

Other nominees were:

Comfort Inn – Opening in 2010, they offer 61 rooms, a swimming pool, boardroom and an exceptionally friendly and accommodating staff. Their goal is to have every staff member participate in making their guests feel welcome. Currently employing 18 staff members, you can always be assured of a smile and greeting from each one. They promote customer service on all levels.

They provide financial support to Sylvan Lake Minor Hockey and support many other local organizations through donations and meeting rooms. In 2011 they won the best new build for Comfort Inn & Suites, in 2012 they won Canadian Hotel of the Year, and also highest LTR (likelihood to recommend).

Meadowlands Golf Course – Established in 1992 as a nine hole golf course, they have grown to a well-known 18 hole course. They offer 94 powered campsites, a full service restaurant, an event tent for tournaments, weddings, music events, etc.

During the past year they hosted the Drive for the Cure helping raise $22,000 and the Stacy Regier Memorial Tournament raising over $25,000. They are the new home of the Jazz At The Lake farewell jam and continue to attract new groups each year.

Their management is all about community involvement and customer service. This is evident through their continued growth and reputation. Advocating for business retention and growth, their management is represented on many local committees and organizations.

The Paint Stop – Locally owned and operated by Matt Toonders for 21 years, originally located in the heart of downtown. Matt has been an active member in Sylvan Lake Rotary Club and the chamber of commerce for many years, supporting many organizations, including the Heart of Town Association, jazz festival, business awards and many others.

His reputation in the paint and decorating industry is well respected for his knowledge and dedication. He continues to grow his business and product lines and is an advocate for small business in Sylvan Lake.

Sylvan Lake RV – Sylvan Lake RV opened its doors in 2006, starting with two employees and now has a staff of 13. They are proud to offer full service to all makes and models — diesel coaches to fifth wheels. They are very well known for their exceptional attention to detailing and known to have the ‘cleanest inventory and sharpest prices in North America’.

They are proud supporters of RCMP Victim Services and many local initiatives, including the tourism industry.

The award was sponsored by Servus Credit Union.