The KBEX Awards recognize those who are outstanding in their role as a Kindersley citizen or business.
Nominees for the Citizen of the Year were Audrey Heit, Judy Lavoie, Terry Shea and Eugene Heit. The award was presented to Audrey Heit, who has resided in Kindersley for 43 years, "We came when the oil was very good but we've seen a downturn in the oil. But it's basically the same, everybody's the same, they try and help out." She was ecstatic and very emotional to receive her award. Heit thanked her long-time friend, Carol Burke, for nominating her and everyone who voted for her.
Although Jarret Reichert was the only nominee for Young Citizen of the Year, he was still shocked to receive the title. Reichert is involved with minor sports in town as a referee, umpire or a helping hand, "I try to stay as involved as I can around minor sports and keep kids involved in the game." He is often found at the Kindersley rink during the winters, lending a hand.
There was only one nominee for the Rural Roots Award as well, Ron and Deb Smith of Smith Agro Ltd.
Employee of the Year nominees were Ashley Hill - Kindersley Inn, Bonnie Robbins - Kindersley Inn, Dawn Reid - Kindersley Inn, Carole Ardel - Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Sonia Murphy - Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Janice Brotzel - Big Valley Sales, Karen Klein - Boston Pizza, Anita Drouder - Midtown Foods and Heather Wall - Kindersley Chamber of Commerce. Carole Ardel was presented with the award.
Sheppard and Miller Law, Kindersley Inn, Sub Zero Refrigeration, Suburban Extended Stay, Nova Inn, McDonalds, Teine Energy, Twisted Scizzors, Speedy Glass, Prism Enterprizes, Midtown Foods and Energy Dodge were all in the running for the Customer Service Award. The award was presented to Suburban Extended Stay Hotel.
The nominees for Business of the Year included G-Macs Agteam, Panago Pizza, Staples Apparel Company, Fouillards Floors and More, Kindersley Castle Building Centre, Kindersley and District Co-operative, Kindersley Fire Department, Synergy Credit Union, Longhorn Oil and Gas, Weigers Financial and Benefits, Prairie Computer Services, Garden Gallery, Midtown Foods and Energy Dodge.
The Lend a Hand nominees were the Salvation Army, Rotary Club and the Fire Department. The Kindersley Fire Department received the award, and while thanking Kindersley, they also mentioned the need for more volunteers in the department.
The award for New Business was presented to Alex Scheidt of Fortier Mattila Appraisals Inc. Other nominees included Vold's Collision Centre, Busted Barbel Fitness and Best Western Plus Hotel.
The choices for the Small Business award were Dominion Lending - Brenda Mayer, Garden Gallery - Devol Coles and Midtown Foods - Neil Patel. Garden Gallery received the award.