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    Terry Douglas Award of Excellence

    Past Awards
    2013 - Howard Johnson
    2008 - Ed Sperling
    2006 - Ino Mussio & Cindie Hughes

    This award was created in 2006 and named after Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Past President Terry Douglas. This prestigious award is given to an exemplary individual who has made significant contributions to Fort Saskatchewan as a whole.

    Terry came to Fort Saskatchewan in 1987 and took over the Canadian Tire Store. He immediately doubled the size of the store and added 10,000 new items to the shelves. Being a person who gets involved in his community, Terry joined the Chamber and soon was elected to the Board of Directors. He moved up to President of the organization in 1992. During his presidency he was instrumental in The Chamber securing a long term lease with the City of Fort Saskatchewan to move our office to the CN Station. A location that we are happy to say is still our home.

    Terry owned a business that relied heavily on the youth population of Fort Saskatchewan to run his business. He also understood the importance of education and therefore developed the criteria for Chamber’s first Scholarship Award, a program that ran successfully for a number of years. Terry’s business success was recognized by the Chamber in 1992 when he received the Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year Award.

    Outside of his business and Chamber responsibilities, Terry was involved in such organizations as the Kinsmen Club, Crimestoppers and Ducks Unlimited. Terry was always available for sponsorships and donations where and when needed. For instance, Canadian Tire generously donated all of the paint products for the restoration of the CN Station.

    The Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Terry Douglas’s outstanding interest in and contribution to the life of our community. As such, the award which recognizes exceptional achievement above and beyond the economic contributions made by the successful operations of a business, it is not necessarily given out each year.

    This award is selected by the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
     

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Owner and /or operator of a Fort Saskatchewan business
    • A current Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Member


    Winners must meet the following criteria for this award:

    Contribution of Business Achievement by –

    • a positive and influential impact on business development
    • displaying  an above standard level of service and demonstrates business success and achievement
    • best reflecting the outstanding spirit and success of the business community
    • demonstrating outstanding leadership and innovation

    As well as contribution to the community as demonstrated by –

    • showing an admirable record of community volunteerism/sponsorship/generosity
    • making an important contribution to the quality of lives in Fort Saskatchewan
    • providing a positive impact on community development
    • exhibiting a passion and dedication through active participation in the community

    Ken Hodgins Meritorious Service Award

    Past Awards
    2013 - Walter Buck (posthumous)
    2012 - Roland Gamache
    2011 - Neville Parry (posthumous)
    2009 - Ken Hodgins

    This award was created in 2010 and named after Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce past Executive Director Ken Hodgins.

    Ken Hodgins started Colonial Mens Wear in 1969. In 1980, he moved to the Fort Saskatchewan Mall and re-named it Hodgins Menswear. Five years later, Hodgins built the Kendra Building on 99th Avenue and moved his business in. He operated the business with his wife until 1996.

    While he owned the menswear store, he also volunteered on many committees in the community. He started and coached the first T-ball league.

    He served as President of the Chamber of Commerce in 1977-78 and started many projects within the Chamber. He volunteered on the Farmers' Market Committee and Chamber of Commerce Directory. He was also the first Executive Director of the Chamber.

    He was a city alderman (later re-named councillor) from 1986-1995 as well as Mayor from 1995-2004. He served on city boards and committees, including initiating the local recycling program and chairing the fundraising committee for the Dow Centennial Centre that successfuly raised over $7 million. He initiated and co-chaired City Entrance Signs as well as Canada Volunteer, Hire-a-Student and Shop the Fort committees.

    He has been a Kinsmen member since 1969, in which he has been involved with many committees and helped build the Kinsmen Park. He was instrumental in securing the CN Station historic restoration.

    He has been an active member at St. George's Anglican Church. As well, he has served on the Fort Saskatchewan Commnunity Hospital Board.

    These are just a few of his many achievements in his storied professional career.

    Ken never did just his job. He spent 40 years involved in this community. He put himself wholeheartedly into everything he did; often at the expense of his family life.

    The Chamber is very proud to recognize Ken Hodgins' outstanding involvement in the Chamber as well as in the community. This award, which speaks of the achievement of an individual, may be given out once a year at the discretion of the President and the Board of Directors in conjunctions with the Business Awards Gala Committee.
     

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • 65 years old +
    • Retired or semi-retired
    • Must have been either a member or employed by a member in good standing
    • Currently involved or has been involved with civic, provincial or federal initiative
    • Is currently, or has owned/operated, or holds or has held a valid commercial business license in the Fort Saskatchewan area.

    Winners must meet the following criteria for this award:

    Contribution of Business Achievement by –

    • A positive and influential impact on business development
    • Displaying  an above standard level of service and demonstrates business success and achievement
    • Best reflecting the outstanding spirit and success of the business community
    • Demonstrating outstanding leadership and innovation

    As well as contribution to the community as demonstrated by –

    • Showing an admirable record of community volunteerism/sponsorship/generosity
    • Making an important contribution to the quality of lives in Fort Saskatchewan
    • Providing a positive impact on community development
    • Exhibiting a passion and dedication through active participation in the community

     

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