The ABEX Awards are Saskatchewan’s largest and longest-running business awards program, celebrating business excellence since 1984. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ABEX Awards will be shifting from its traditional celebration of Saskatchewan business success to recognizing businesses andindividuals who have become Saskatchewan’s everyday heroes.
Weyburn’s own Melissa Carson will be one of those celebrated heroes, receiving an Award of Merit, as is Fast Trucking of Carnduff.
Melissa was recently recognized for her efforts in serving meals to truckers during the COVID-19 lockdown, because for the first couple of months there were no restaurants open for truckers to be able to get food while on a long-haul delivery.
Most often she served the meals at the Co-op’s Crossroads truck stop, and estimates she’s served just under 1,000 meals since the lockdowns began.
This year’s awards will be taking place virtually on Nov. 14, and the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is encouraging nominees, recipients and the public to host viewing parties in accordance with Saskatchewan Health Authority guidelines. In honour of the chamber’s 100th anniversary, the theme of this year’s awards is “Roaring Twenties” and viewers at home are encouraged to host 1920’s-themed viewing parties of their own.
Saskatchewan is navigating the challenges brought about by the global pandemic and economic slowdown by working together, supporting communities, and looking ahead with optimism. The Saskatchewan spirit of resilience is more evident than ever and the ABEX Awards will be celebrating the businesses and individuals who have exhibited this spirit of resilience.
In March 2020, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce encouraged the public to nominate businesses that supported the community, demonstrated resilience, or have been strategic and innovative in their approach to serving clients and engaging customers. Over the coming weeks leading up to Nov. 14, nominees and their stories will be featured on the ABEX Awards social media channels and the recipients will be honoured during the virtual awards show.