I took a moment to look around the room as Ray, Holly and I sat in the Bert Church Theater auditorium listening to the names of the thirteen 2017 Emerging Business Award Finalists. Dr. Heather and the Airdrie Family Eyecare team in the row in front of us, Jeff and Dr Erin from Happy Paws Veterinary Clinic sitting beside us - a moment ago they had just won the Environmental Stewardship award, (Congratulations!!) I remember thinking, we are so lucky to be in this room surrounded by all these amazing, talented Airdrie business owners.
The presenter finished reading the list of finalists and is handed an envelope. He turns and speaks into the microphone "and the winner is... "AIRDRIE PUPPY PALS!" I immediately turned to Ray, "Holy crap, we won?!" as Holly is on her feet cheering along with the rest of the room. Speechless. We won?! Amazing!
As Ray and I walk to the stage, my head and my heart were racing. We won the 2017 Emerging Business Award! First and foremost, we thanked our team. Holly who has been with us from the very beginning, Alicia, Colleen our Sr. Dog Care Specialists and the rest of our APP Family. We could not do this alone. Their loyalty, dedication and unwavering commitment to providing love, care and compassion to all our puppy pals is something for which we could never thank them enough.
We thanked the Airdrie Business Community, with a special mention to the Airdrie Business Club for all their guidance mentorship and support. We thanked our clients; we have the BEST clients. Thank you for your support and trust in us to care for your puppy pals. Lastly, to my parents, Susan and Rick for all of the times they made trips from Winnipeg to Airdrie to help us, and for knowing they are always a phone call away if we needed to chat and brainstorm.
We still cannot believe it. What an honor! What an experience! A night we will never forget. Thank you for the privilege of being able to do what we love, in a community that we love, surrounded by the best company we could ever ask for.