We were truly humbled when the Calgary Choice Awards contacted us and informed us we had been nominated for this award. Imagine our surprise on March 3rd, 2012 when they announced we had won! Shortly after we received a shiny gold star trophy, this was enough to have us grinning from ear to ear.
We think it's appropriate to first thank all of the people who have supported us over the years since without all of you we would not have such opportunities. AND, we need to thank everyone who voted for us online, it means a lot to all of people would actually take the time to go online and vote.
PK has always believed in Calgary arts and culture and one of our core values is to nurture our growing arts community. Many of PK's founders are musicians and artists turned engineers and professionals, and we have truly entered this industry with passion and love for music and the arts.
Thank you very much Calgary!
Official Press Release:
Calgary - The 4th Annual Calgary Choice Awards, brought to you by Kahane Law Office, was an evening of celebration for not only 20 lucky award recipients but also for all of the nominees who attended last night. Calgary's thriving entrepreneurial, small business and media community was bussing last night at the Awards Gala held at BMO Centre Palomino Ballroom. Dressed to the nines, nominees and guests walked the red carpet to the vintage Hollywood sounds of Heather Blush and the Uppercuts, and browsed the exclusive silent auction tables while mixing and mingling with fellow nominees and media celebrities.
Some of the guests present included: title sponsor, Jeff Kahane, Kahane Law Office, celebrity emcee CTV's Jocelyn Laidlaw, acting as Deputy Mayor, Mr. Jim Stevenson, Jeff Wilkie of Modern Socialite, Darlene and gang at DK Envy Salon & Spa, Randy Williams from Tourism Calgary, Pete Graves and Kathy Randle of Red Point Media Group, Derek Costea of Petro-Tech Printing, Brandon and Lailani Smith from She Apparel, Omar Abbas of CIBC Wood Gundy, Michelle and Greg Benson of Stir Crazy Family Fun Centre, Alexandra Olsen from Stir Films and Corkscrew Media, Allison Grafton and Grainger Nimmo of Rockwood Custom Homes and Francesca & Bernard Callebaut of Papa Chocolat, Scott Hillier of Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta to name a few.
Calgary's unbridled entrepreneurial spirit by recognizing them for distinction in twenty different categories.
The Winners of the coveted Calgary Choice Awards, in each of the 20 categories are:,
Best Employer (over 30 employees) - Calgary Co-op
Best Employer (under 30 employees) - Rockwood Custom Homes
Best Real Estate Agent - Matt Verity
Best Technology Service Provider - Nucleus Information Service
Best Home Builder - Rockwood Custom Homes
Best Independently Owned Business - Stir Crazy Family Fun Centre
Best New Business (under 2 years) - Flip Factory
Best Media Personality - Mookie Wilson, Lite 95.9 FM
Best Medical and Health Care - Natural Way Chiropractic
Best Restaurant - River Cafe
Best Transportation Provider - DREAMS Transportation
Best Venue/Tourist Attraction - Heritage Park Historical Society
Best Arts and Culture - PK Sound
Best Auto Service - Precision Alignment & Brakes
Best Childrenâs Retail - Stir Crazy Family Fun Centre
Best Eco-Friendly Product or Service - Sunnyside Natural Market
Best Fitness - MOJO Fitness
Best Hotel/Inn - The Fairmont Palliser Hotel
Best Retail Experience - Vine Arts
Best Spa/Beauty - DK Envy Salon & Spa
Public online nominations were held in September 2012 followed by a four month long online public voting period. Voting was limited to one vote per person in each of the 20 categories. This year 467 nominations were received and 22,428 votes were cast online at www.calgarychoiceawards.ca.
Every year, Calgary Choice Awards donates a portion of the proceeds to a children's charitable organization. This year's benefiting charity is Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta. Calgary Choice Awards will be supporting the Youth Business Mentorship Program as well as the 2013 Student Awards Gala.
For more than 50 years Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta has been engaging local business and community leaders in its mission to help students develop an entrepreneurial attitude, a solid and practical understanding of business and finance and a commitment to community. Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta reaches nearly 20,000 students annually with 1,400 dedicated business volunteers. Junior Achievement is the link between education and the world of work by giving youth the confidence and knowledge they need to define personal success, enhance their workforce readiness and pursue their dreams.
Plans are already underway for the 2013 Calgary Choice Awards. Nominations will open in September 2013. Stay tuned to the Calgary Choice Awards website for ongoing updates
For more information about the Calgary Choice Awards, visit www.calgarychoiceawards.ca or call 403-245-6693.
Shannyn de Kruyff, Producer & CEO
Calgary Choice Awards