(Lander, WY) – The Lander Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2022 Community Awards Luncheon on Friday, March, 4th at the Lander Community and Convention Center, honoring various businesses and individuals for their contributions to the town of Lander.
Awards are given to recognize longevity, beautification, innovation/creativity, community involvement, and contributions over a lifetime, and the Lander Ambassadors also recognize one of their members with its Ambassador of the Year award.
This year’s awards and winners included:
- Anchor – The Good Place, Marla Lemm, Owner
- Beautification – Lincoln Street Bakery, Justin Iskra, Head Baker & Manager; Stephanie Peterson, Head of Pastry & Manager; Kyle Vassilopoulos, Owner (Not pictured)
- Rookie of the Year – Messenger Girls, Tanya and Tasha Messenger, Owners (mother/daughter team)
- Past President – Jonathan Tonkowich, Vice President of Student Affairs, Wyoming Catholic College
- Spirit of Lander – Tammy Green
- Lifetime Contribution – Paula McCormick
- Ambassador of the Year – Chuck Guschewsky (†)
In addition to the delicious food served before the awards were presented, the keynote speaker for the afternoon was Central Wyoming College (CWC) President Dr. Brad Tyndall, who discussed CWC projects such as the Rocky Mountain Complex and CWC Lander-based Alpine Science Institute (ASI).
Among the ASI projects discussed were the Interdisciplinary Climate Change Expedition (ICCE) and the Broadening Inclusion Knowledge and Experience in Sciences (BIKES) programs.
To view all past Community Award recipients, click here.