After four months of receiving and reviewing nominations from Cochranites, the nominees for the 2021 edition of the Cochrane Community Awards (CCA) have been finalized.

The annual awards program recognizes outstanding local residents, community leaders, businesses, organizations and schools that help to make Cochrane a great place to live. It's overseen by a committee of local representatives as well as the Cochrane and District Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Cochrane.

Thirty-eight local businesses, community members, and organizations have been nominated for this year's awards. The Cochrane Community Awards consists of 13 categories in total, including the prestigious Order of Cochrane which is presented by Cochrane’s mayor and Town Council.

Last year's event was postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and CCA Organizer, Rebecka Freels says that this year's event will also be modified.

"In recognition of health restrictions and best practices during the current pandemic, attendance at the awards ceremony will be restricted to nominees and their supporter, sponsors and those involved in hosting the event,"

Freels goes on to say that the broader community will still have the opportunity to share in the excitement of this year's awards ceremony.

"The community will have an opportunity to share in the excitement of the awards ceremony by watching the show highlights video which will be released after the ceremony," explains Freels. She says that the video will "capture the fanfare and celebration of the awards ceremony as it showcases the 2021 nominees and finalists."

After careful review of the numerous submissions, the nominees for this year's Cochrane community Awards are as follows:

Ali Hardock

Big Hill Lodge

Carol Sheldon

Cayley Breeze

Cochrane and Area Events Society

Cochrane Home Treasures

Cochrane Toyota

Corinne Burns

Dan Kroffat

Diane Hunter

Elizabeth Barrett Elementary School

Evexia Travel (Found Books)

Fiona Gilbert

Fireside Pharmacy

Gresal Tapulao

Helping Hands Society of Cochrane & Area

Jackie Shier

Jade Janzen

Jim Rooney

JoAnn Churchill

Jo-Anne Oucharek

Lannie Rae Gourmet

Les Petites Abeilles Preschool

Marni Richelle

Mehtab East Indian Cuisine

New Radiance Medi Spa Ltd

Ozzie Sawicki

Palwinder (Paul) Singh

Route 22 Artist Collective Ltd.

Sandra Robin

Scott Lloyd

Seniors For Kids Society

The Crossing at Ghost River

The Strand Hair Salon

The Town of Cochrane

West Valley Chiropractic Centre

Young Professional Rotary Club of Cochrane

Zeta Hickey

The Cochrane Community Awards will be presented Sunday, October 3 at the Cochrane RancheHouse, and the event will be emceed by 91.5 CochraneNow's Lauren Meister and Eric Ruttle.