Salute to Businesses 2015

| November 28, 2015


Stepping into the hall, elegantly decorated in black and red, the 4th annual Festival of Trees was held Nov. 26 and 27th, hosted by the Fox Creek Chamber of Commerce.

A free Family night on the Thursday provided decorating cookies for the kids, hot dogs, juice, photos with Santa, wagon rides and a glimpse of the decorated trees and bidding items for the silent auction.

A number of trees were amazingly decorated for the silent auction, in addition to wreaths, snowman and decorations.

125 guests enjoyed a prime rib meal, catered by Jenny’s Kitchen, an evening of visiting and recognizing local businesses.

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Winners of the 2015 Salute to Business awards were announced on Friday at the Festival of Trees gala.

As chosen by residents of Fox Creek, the recipients are:


GET Safe – winner


Tom Gislason, Get Safe owner, won the Business of the Year for 1-9 Employees. Presented by the Chamber of Commerce President, Cathy Wiltse (right) and Yvonne Jones, Treasurer.


  • Alberta Treasury Branch
  • Bare Contractors
  • Breathe Yoga
  • Canada Post
  • CIBC
  • Cory’s Engine Repair
  • Crew Cutz
  • Dale Bentley Trucking
  • Fox Cabs
  • Freelance Signs
  • Gourmet China
  • Massage by Kayla
  • NAPA
  • Pizza Joint
  • Sharpe Lawn Care
  • The Source
  • Urban Style
  • Winks



Freson Bros. – winner


Business of the Year – 10+ Employees, Freson Bros. presented by Chamber of Commerce member Alison Sharpe (left).


  • ProFoxx
  • Comfort Inn & Suites
  • Rival Trucking
  • Home Hardware
  • Rexall
  • Timber Ridge Inn & Suites
  • A&W
  • Ernie O’s Restaurant & Pub
  • Dalmac Oilfield


Freson Bros. – winner


People’s Choice – Freson Bros.


  • ProFoxx Energy Services
  • Nordic & Trail Club
  • 3Boys Tank & Vac.
  • Canada Post
  • Rexall
  • Isogenics/KoriAnn Forentino
  • Oasis Liquor Outlet
  • FC Beavers Cubs Scouts (Gord & Jenn Ashmore)
  • Home Hardware
  • GET Safe
  • Sharpe Lawn Care
  • Pristine Paws


Non- Profit Organization

Fox Creek Nordic & Trail Club –  winner


Fox Creek Nordic and Trail Club, winners of the 2015, Non-Profit Organization. Nordic and Trail Club Members: L- Diane Ahn, Tamara Czinkota, Wendy Larsen, Brad Peavoy, Michelle Williscroft.


  • Friends of FC Hospital Society
  • FC Fire Department
  • Community Resource Centre
  • Visitor Information Centre
  • Fox Creek Food Bank
  • FC School Student Council
  • Ch.I.P.S.
  • RCMP
  • Apples for Kids program
  • FC Beavers Cubs Scouts (Gord & Jenn Ashmore)
  • FC Municipal Library
  • C.O.P.S. (Citizens on Patrol)

Chamber representatives presented each award recipient and staff members with a banner and certificate.

A portion of the proceeds from the Festival of Trees benefits a new $1000 scholarship at the Fox Creek School for a student pursuing their post-secondary education in business.

President of the Chamber of Commerce, Cathy Wiltse extended her appreciation to board members, Brandon Pauling, Yvonne Jones, Diane Ahn, Hilary Morris, Brandi Camilleri and Alison Sharpe.

She extended her gratitude to all of the sponsors to host such a gala event. A night of dancing followed the bidding of items and award announcements; djing was done by Kim Norman.

It takes you to shop local, support local, promote local, eat local and enjoy local.

* Elections for the Chamber board are being held at their January 26th meeting at 6:30 pm at the town office.

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