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2021 COMMUNITY AWARD RECIPIENTS AND NOMINEES RECOGNIZED AT CELEBRATION

**Stay tuned for an announcement about a soon to be released video with highlights from the ceremony.**

(COCHRANE: November 28, 2021) — Thirty-eight nominees and fourteen Cochrane Community Award recipients were celebrated this weekend at the 2021 awards ceremony held on Sunday November 28 at the Cochrane RancheHouse.

The afternoon event featured awards presented to people and organizations who make a difference in our community. With a backdrop of the beautiful Cochrane RancheHouse, residents, businesses, and organizations who had been nominated by the community were recognized. Lauren Meister and Eric Ruttle, 91.5 CochraneNow on-air hosts, served as co-emcees.

The ceremony got underway with fanfare when nominees were piped into the awards ceremony room by David Kirk, Pipe Major of the Cochrane Pipe Band. Celtic harp player Kathleen Pepers performed as attendees arrived and during a musical interlude that took place halfway through the program. VIP guests included: Mayor Jeff Genung, Town Councillors Susan Flowers and Marni Fedeyko, and Rocky View Schools Trustee Board Chair Fiona Gilbert.

The 2021 award recipients are:

Order of Cochrane: JoAnn Churchill
(Category Sponsor: Cochrane Mayor and Council)

Ambassador of the Year: Jo-Anne Oucharek
(Category Sponsor: Cochrane Tourism Association)

Business of the Year: Mehtab East Indian Cuisine
(Category Sponsor: Cochrane and District Chamber of Commerce)

Citizen of the Year: Scott Lloyd
(Category Sponsor: Cochrane Home Treasures)

Community Builder: Cochrane and Area Events Society
(Category Sponsor: Debbie Leah & Associates – Royal LePage)

Employer of the Year: Cochrane Home Treasures
(Category Sponsor: Cochrane and District Chamber of Commerce)

Equity and Inclusion Champion of the Year: Paul Singh and Ozzie Sawicki
(Category Sponsor: Town of Cochrane, Equity and Inclusion Committee)

Newsmaker of the Year: Grand Opening – Jack Tennant Memorial Bridge
(Category Sponsor: Cochrane Times)

Pathfinder of the Year: Corinne Burns
(Category Sponsor: Sustainability Partners Uniting Resources – SPUR)

Senior of the Year: Diane Hunter
(Category Sponsor: TWO Pharmacy)

Volunteer Group of the Year: Helping Hands Society of Cochrane
(Category Sponsor: Cochrane Family & Community Support Services

Youth of the Year: Jade Janzen
(Category Sponsor: Boys & Girls Club of Cochrane and Area).

The 2021 Nominees are:

Ali Hardock; Big Hill Lodge; Carol Sheldon; Cayley Breeze; Cochrane and Area Events Society; Cochrane Home Treasures; Cochrane Toyota; Corinne Burns; Dan Kroffat; Diane Hunter; École Elizabeth Barrett Elementary School; Found Books & Shop; Fiona Gilbert; Fireside Pharmacy; Gresal Tapulao; Helping Hands Society of Cochrane & Area; Jackie Shier; Jade Janzen; Jim Rooney; JoAnn Churchill; Jo-Anne Oucharek; Lannie Rae Gourmet; Les Petites Abeilles Preschool; Marni Richelle McConnach; Mehtab East Indian Cuisine; New Radiance Medi Spa Ltd.; Ozzie Sawicki; Paul Singh; Route 22 Artist Collective Ltd.; Sandra Robin; Scott Lloyd; Seniors For Kids Society; The Crossing at Ghost River; The Strand Hair Salon; The Town of Cochrane; West Valley Chiropractic Centre; Young Professional Rotary Club of Cochrane; Zeta Hickey.

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For more information: Valerie McCracken, chair, Cochrane Community Awards, ccawards.chair@gmail.com