UFA invites nominations for Small Town Heroes
UFA Cooperative Limited is inviting nominations for its Small Town Heroes contest.
Started three years ago, the Small Town Heroes contest seeks out and rewards individuals in rural Alberta who go above and beyond for their communities.
"The UFA was built by small town heroes dating back to 1909," said Bob Nelson, president and CEO of UFA Cooperative Limited. "These pioneers lobbied for equal access to education, campaigned for the rights of family and women, created the Department of Health, passed the Municipal Hospitals Bill, established and improved the health care system, improved roads and much more. We are proud that UFA's Small Town Heroes contest builds on our history and celebrates the small town heroes of today."
The contest's two grand prize winners will each receive $10,000 for a community project and an exclusive Paul Brandt concert in their home town. Eight runners-up will receive $2,500 for a community project.
The top ten Small Town Heroes nominees will be personally greeted and interviewed by members of UFA's judging panel in their respective home towns.
One of the nominees in the 2011 Small Town Heroes contest was long-time community volunteer Cliff Walline. A profile posted on the UFA website noted that Walline has volunteered for many things but, most recently, has lent himself to the Camrose volunteer fire department.
"Cliff never discusses how his volunteer work affects him. He feels it is part of his duty to serve his community, where his family lives, and which he calls home."
Nominations for the 2012 Small Town Heroes contest are open until July 22 at www.ufa.com/smalltownheroes.
UFA is a network of 113 bulk fuel and cardlock petroleum outlets, 35 Farm and Ranch Supply stores, and 24 outdoor adventure stores operating under the Wholesale Sports banner.