By Marcia Love, Spruce Grove Examiner/Stony Plain Reporter
Published Friday, March 10, 2017 11:00:23 MST AM
The success of strong, driven women from across the province was celebrated during the SuPEARLative Awards last week — with women from the tri-community among the group.
The annual awards from Womanition magazine were presented in Edmonton on Feb. 24, and local business owners Kelly Langford and Jodi Fulford each won an award.
Langford, owner of Snap Fitness in Spruce Grove, was the recipient of the Health & Wellness Award, and Fulford, owner of ISP Computers Ltd. in Spruce Grove, received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Several other women in business from the tri-area were among the 40 nominees. Dianne Brown and Arlaine Monaghan were both nominated for the Philanthropy Award, Maren Barros was nominated for the Special Skills Award, Patti-Lou Cumby was nominated for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and Debra DeBernardo was nominated for the New Business Venture Award.
Langford has been involved in fitness for more than 20 years. As a personal trainer, she has owned several gyms over the years, has a degree in kinesiology and is a certified eating psychology coach.
She opened Snap Fitness five years ago.
Langford was honoured to be among four other very accomplished women up for the Health & Wellness Award.
“It was pretty neat to be with all of those women that have done amazing things in the industry,” she said.
The business owner has made community involvement and charity work a priority, helping to raise funds for local causes.
“Usually every month we pick a different local charity — whether it’s KidSport or the food bank or pet shelters,” Langford explained, noting this is done through charity workouts, seminars and selling products.
Fulford was also honoured to be in the Entrepreneur of the Year Award category with six other successful women — including fellow local nominee Cumby.
Fulford is a retired Red Seal chef who decided to go back into business after raising a family.
ISP Computers was started up by her husband in 2004, and she came on board in 2010. She helped him to grow it from business IT into a community computer store.
“One of our goals is to donate one per cent of our gross sales to community programs,” Fulford explained.
The business sponsors local teams, school fundraisers and other local causes. It also recycles electronics, using parts from old electronics to refurbish them. The owners then give these to families who otherwise couldn’t afford the product brand new, only charging them for the labour.
“It’s how we try to help out Spruce Grove,” Fulfold said.
Dorothy Briggs, the publisher of Womanition magazine, noted that while the winners are selected by judges outside Womanition, Fulford stood out because of her business’ charity work, and Langford had a great attitude towards health and wellness and starting a business.
“We’ve got great girls in (the tri-community),” Briggs said. “They’re amazing.”
The SuPEARLative Awards include eight categories and are intended to recognize the hard-working women who may otherwise never be recognized for their contributions, Briggs explained.
“We are such a small business community, and Womanition has built this community over the last 10 years to include every socio-economic person,” she said of the Womanition group, which holds monthly meetings in five communities in Alberta — Sherwood Park, Leduc, Edmonton, Calgary and Parkland County. “Any of these women can come to these events and feel welcome. Everybody is on an equal ground.”
Any woman within the province can nominate another woman for one of the SuPEARLative Award categories providing they meet the criteria for each.
SuPEARLative Award winners were presented with beautiful pearl necklaces from Kline Fine Jewellery & Design, and all nominees received a pearl pin from the Fifth Avenue Collection.
Three artists painted pieces for the award ceremony, and they were all sold for a total of $1,800. The funds were donated to Operation Friendship Seniors Society — a charity in Edmonton that feeds seniors who are homeless.