Name Change

The Bezanson Volunteer Fire Department Society has voted to undergo a name change however, no official name has been decided on yet.

The Bezanson Volunteer Fire Department Society has opted for this change due to a difference of visions between our society and fire operations. The decision to undergo a name change did not come light heartedly and was nearly unanimous among the members in good standing. We see this change as an opportunity for each side to continue to do their identifiable work with in our community, independently of each other. Currently we are working on the logistics of the separation, once that is complete we will be announcing the new name. We will continue to conduct our distinguished work as we have done in the past; that is in a major way supporting the Bezanson Volunteer Fire Department, maintaining and managing the community’s skating rink, and working towards the betterment of our exceptional community.

As such, the Bezanson Volunteer Fire Department Society will not be hosting a Firemen’s Ball this year. We look forward to continuing our notable work under a new name. We appreciate your understanding, kindhearted acceptance, and support of this new arrangement.

First Year Coaching

First Year Coaching

This past 2017 season for the Peace Wapiti Academy Titans volleyball team, began a new job for Spencer Matlock, Bezanson alumni, as an assistant coach. Matlock played volleyball at Bezanson school from 2009-2014 and moved onto Peace Wapiti Academy where he played from 2014-2017. The Titans this season won 2 silver medals, 1 gold medal and won zones which resulted in them attending 3A Men’s Volleyball Provincials. The 2017 season was the first year of Matlock’s coaching and he had to go through the same transition as any coach. Matlock says, “It was a good transition but it definitely felt weird. I always had that feeling to get on the court and play because of my love for the game. Being on the sideline, as a coach, has really made me look at the game differently.” The transition from a player to a coach teaches that individual a lot about themselves and about the game. Matlock says that he has learned a lot from this new experience.

“I’ve learned that being a coach isn’t just knowing the sport your coaching it’s being able to connect to all the aspects and skills that are used. Being able to help a player improve while improving yourself as a coach and even though I’ve played volleyball for a lot of years and I’ve now coached one year, I’m still learning everyday. My main reason for wanting to coach was to stay around the game as much as possible because I enjoy everything about it.”

-Spencer Matlock

Matlock grew up in Bezanson and has been very successful in his community, from sports to academics and more. Volleyball was not the only sport that Matlock played though. He excelled in baseball for the Grande Prairie Reds for many years. Matlock was a very skilled multi-sport athlete who is now giving back to his community through sport. Matlock talks about

his community and how it has influenced him in this journey from being an athlete to being a coach.

“Growing up in such a small community, you have so many people that influence you in multiple different ways. Going from teachers who wouldn’t give up on you to the many coaches over the years. Mainly, I’d say having Les Sonnenberg, as a basketball coach, and my mother, Carol Matlock, as my volleyball coach really helped build my character to want to coach and just express my passion for a sport like they did.”

-Spencer Matlock

After being asked what advice Matlock would give to students coming from a small town, he says:

“I would tell kids not to limit themselves on what they do. If you like every sport possible, play them all, if you like multiple activities, push yourself to do them all to the best of your ability because one day, you won’t have the opportunity to play that anymore or eventually you will have to give it up. Take advantage of everything your community can offer you and enjoy it! If you set your mind to a certain goal, never give up on that goal and continue to strive for it until you reach it!”

-Spencer Matlock

The Bezanson community is filled with individuals giving back to their community through many different ways. Coaching can open up doors for athletes and direct them on the right path. Coaching can also help build confidence and teach them lifelong lessons. There is no limit to what giving back to the community, from coaching or anything can do.

“ In such a small community people need to step up, and that’s what I love about our community. So many people are always stepping up in different scenarios, and I wanted to be a part of that as much as possible because I believe that I’m improving my community when I give back to it. Helping teach the skills I know to possibly help a kid play college volleyball maybe or just help guide them in the right direction is a wonderful feeling.”

-Spencer Matlock

written by Ally Pilgrim

2017 Year in Review – Golden Leaf Dine & Dance

Winner of Chase the Ace 2017, Janet Sarmega with Ag Society President Bryan Fenton.

The annual fundraiser hosted by the Bezanson Agricultural Society and the West Smoky Legion #244 once again demonstrated the overwhelming support from our community. Our event hosted 200 people for a wonderful supper from Corinne’s Catering, a round of fundraising events and a night of dancing with Night Ryder. A series of 6 games and 2 random draws gained entry for 8 lucky winners a chance at the grand prize round. In addition a new game, Chase the Ace, provided a second cash jackpot! Ten lucky patrons throughout the night boasted a cash prize! A special thank you to all of our sponsors that help bring the Golden Leaf Dine and Dance to Bezanson again this year.

Of course we also would like to thank the many volunteers that organize and execute the Golden Leaf Dine and Dance; the games, auctions, and setup, right down to the midnight lunch. Many hours of behind the scenes work is put into this one fun filled night and our volunteers are a huge part to making this happen.

The funds raised this year have been divided equally between the Bezanson Agricultural Society and the West Smoky Legion #244. The Agricultural Society will be utilizing their portion of the funds for operational cost this year and the West Smoky Legion #244 will be utilizing their portion of the fundraising primary for youth programs and sponsorships by way of the annual swim and ski buses and titan sponsorships.

The West Smoky Legion #244 and the Bezanson Agricultural Society would like to thank everyone for their support this year — we hope that you enjoyed our event and join us again next year for some fun new events at the new Bezanson Regional Community Cultural Centre!

Bezanson History- Did You Know?

In 1915 a school district was formed under the name of Bezanson. School started in 1916 in the Bezanson Presbyterian Church at the Townsite with Miss Colby as the first teacher.  In 1919, as the population of the district in the east was declining, a decision was made to build new frame school at a new location.  Todd was the first teacher in the new one-room school.  The school was moved in 1925 west to be accommodate the number of students in the area.