The Rotary Club of Drumheller held their annual Celebration of Excellence awards night on Saturday.

The event is presented by Canalta and was held at the Cretaceous Conference Centre.

Citizen of the Year, Most Courteous Employee and the Athletes of the Year awards were handed out by the Rotary Club. The Town of Drumheller presented the Badlands Scholarship and the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards.

The evening got under way with Noah Miles being named Male Athlete of the Year while Bailey Faubion was named Female Athlete of the Year.

rotary athlete

(Pictured L to R: Noah Miles, Rotary President John Shannon, Bailey Faubion)

It was a double win for Miles who received the Badlands Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to those who are pursuing post secondary education or returning to a post secondary institution. Applicants are based on academic performance, community involvement, achievements and references. Miles will be heading to the University of Alberta to study Astrophysics.

Leaders of Tomorrow awards recognize those who make outstanding volunteering contributions to their community. Nolan Ranger was the winner in the grades seven to nine category and Teaghan Coultes was the winner in the grades ten to twelve category.

rotary leaders

(Pictured L to R: Mayor Terry Yemen, Teaghan Coultes, Noah Miles, Director of Community Services Paul Salvatore. Nolan Ranger was not present)

Most Courteous Employee nominees included Don Woodruff of Rutz Agencies and Jocelyn Turenne, a barista at Cafe Ole. The award went to Don Woodruff.

"It's a great honour," beamed Woodruff. "I'm just thrilled to be part of this. You don't really think people are noticing and you do it because it makes people around you happy, but to be recognized for it is awesome."

Citizen of the Year nominees this year were Linda Traquair and Jamie Worman. The award went to Jamie Worman.

"Without the commitment, without the people of this town doing what they've done to help what I started, none of this would have been possible," said Worman. "I truly believe this award this year, yes I accept it, I really believe it's this town's." 

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