A big event has been in the works for a little while. The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce, the Drumheller Rotary Club and the Town of Drumheller have announced an exciting new partnership to honour individuals and businesses in the community.

The new Celebration of Excellence will be held on June 15 at the Badlands Community Facility, and Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg said she's eager to see the room packed with people sharing their achievements over the past year.

"That's exactly what these awards are about. It's about acknowledging those who step forward in a big way, as well as being able to share that [acknowledgement] and share that excitement among each other."

A total of twelve awards will be presented, including the Rotary's Citizen of the Year, the Chamber's Business of the Year and the Town's Youth Leader of Tomorrow.

"[It] started through conversation and again, it's about getting our community to pull the chain in the same direction," Colberg explained. "Because it's so amazing to celebrate so many accomplishments within our Valley, there were a few of us who thought it would be amazing to share it together."

Colberg didn't reveal who initially came up with the idea for the combined celebrations, but she pointed out that it wasn't too hard to convince the organizations to get on board.

"They were absolutely open to this change. It took a few of us in a meeting and we decided, you know what, there's nothing to lose by trying. And so, we want this celebration to be just that: an amazing celebration."

Award nomination forms will be available soon. Tickets for the Celebration of Excellence will go on sale starting May 1.

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