CARROT RIVER — The president of Carrot River’s senior citizen’s group has been selected as Carrot River’s citizen of the year.
Janet Skalicky also co-ordinates the tourist information booth, volunteering her time there regularly, and has 15 years of service on the Carrot River Seniors’ Housing Board.
“She is a humble individual who continues to be an incredible asset to our community,” said Ila Boehm, the town’s mayor, in a video released on May 8 to announce the winners of the Carrot River Board of Trade’s annual awards gala.
Others nominated for the award include Bob Gagné, who’s an active member of the Knights of Columbus and the Canadian Martyrs Roman Catholic Church, a trustee on the North East School Division and former mayor; Gladys Forsberg, who’s the contact person for the indoor walking program and is active in her church and the seniors’ group; and Doug Palmer, a supporter of local sports teams who competed in the Spartan Race in England in October 2019.
The business of the year award was given to Carrot River Tire, which has sponsored many local events in 2019 and earned the 2019 Humanitarian Award for Integra Tire Canada.
Carrot River Fire and Rescue earned the community event of the tear. They hosted a men’s health charity hockey game, a firefighters’ ball and provided level 1 training.
The rural roots went to Mile South Farms. Marcel and Charlene Ens are described as willing to try new and diverse methods, then share the results with others. They also contribute time to various community boards and committees.
Grant Schiller with the RM of Moose Range received the employee of the year award. He spearheaded the RM’s participation in the 2019 wing cook-off. He was described as eager to learn and improve, and inspires co-workers to bring their best.
The student employee of the year award winner was Catherine Trew, who was described as a leader with a can-do attitude with the ability to think outside the box. She balances two jobs while maintaining high academic standards and being active in school sports.