BVFD Society AGM

Please join us for the Bezanson Volunteer Fire Department Society’s Annual General Meeting!

We welcome members of all ages, skills, and interests to join our group and help make a positive difference within the Station and in our community. By becoming a society member, you are welcomed to attend our monthly meetings, help us decide where to spend money within the department and community, and plan events and activities. For as little as 2 hours a month, you can help make a difference in our community!

Our Society is proud to host the annual Firemen’s Ball, and attend community events along with the Fire/MCR Operations such as Kleskun Hills Day, Farm Safety Day, Meet the Community Night, etc. Each year, we are proud to support children’s burn survivor camps, the GPRC Bezanson Community Bursary, the Bezanson School, and other Community projects as needed. One of our current projects involves making Bezanson a Heart Safe Community, by placing AEDs in all public facilities in our hamlet. Our largest project to date was the construction of a $320,000 multi-phase, Outdoor Community Skating Rink. While construction has been completed, our Society always welcomes help in maintaining this facility!

All community members who are interested in learning more about our Society are welcomed to attend our AGM, on December 12 at 7pm, upstairs at the Firehall in Bezanson.

 

Save the date! Tickets for the 2017 Firemen’s Ball available on February 26th.

Planning has commenced and we are excited to announce that the 2017 Fireman’s Ball will be held on Saturday April 8, 2017.

Tickets will go on sale Sunday February 26, 2017 and will be available on that date in person at the Fire Hall or over the phone. We are so grateful for our community support – tickets often sell out quickly so please watch here for more information soon!

Looking for a new way to get involved in your community?

Please join us for the Bezanson Volunteer Fire Department Society’s Annual General Meeting. We welcome members of all ages, skills, and interests to join our group and help make a positive difference within the Station and in our community. By becoming a society member, you are welcomed to attend our monthly meetings, help us decide where to spend money within the department and community, and plan events and activities. For as little as 2 hours a month, you can help make a difference in our community!

Our Society is proud to host the annual Firemen’s Ball, and attend community events along with the Fire/MCR Operations such as Kleskun Hills Day, Farm Safety Day, Meet the Community Night, etc. Each year, we are proud to support children’s burn survivor camps, the GPRC Bezanson Community Bursary, the Bezanson School, and other Community projects as needed. One of our current projects involves making Bezanson a Heart Safe Community, by placing AEDs in all public facilities in our hamlet.

Our largest project to date was the construction of a $320,000 multi-phase, Outdoor Community Skating Rink. While construction has been completed, our Society always welcomes help in maintaining this facility!

All community members who are interested in learning more about our Society are welcomed to attend our AGM, on November 8th at 7pm, upstairs at the Firehall in Bezanson. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

For more information, contact Wade Doris, Society President (780 897-7060)

2016 Bezanson Community Student Bursary Recipients Announced

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Bezanson Community Student Bursary. Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) post-secondary students Tatum Auclair and Tristan Willson are awarded with this year’s bursaries, which are funded by our three major community contributors: the Bezanson Agricultural Society, the Bezanson Volunteer Fire Department and the West Smoky Legion #244. There is a total of $1500 awarded each year to former Bezanson School students who apply and qualify for the bursaries at GPRC.

Tatum Auclair - Photo Credit Audrey Hewings

Tatum Auclair – Photo Credit Audrey Hewings

Tatum Auclair recently completed her Education Assistant (EA) certification at GPRC. The EA program is designed to prepare graduates with the tools they need to work in educational settings under the direction and supervision of a teacher. EAs are very valuable in our schools and educational facilities as they provide a great range of support to students and teachers alike.

Tristan Willson has recently completed his first year in Heavy Duty Mechanic Trade program at the GPRC Fairview campus. The Heavy Duty Mechanic program at GPRC is designed to train mechanics in the maintenance, repair and overhauling of heavy engines. This trade program is 4 years in length and is comprised of classroom instruction, on-the-job training and technical training.

Tristan Willson Photo Credit Tammy Willson

Tristan Willson Photo Credit Tammy Willson

These community bursaries were designed to encourage our community members who have attended Bezanson School to enroll in post-secondary studies at GPRC or at a GPRC campus, and to provide some avenues of support for those who qualify. Applications are available online through the GPRC Financial Aid department and are accepted each year with a June deadline. More information on the bursaries is available at our information page on Grants & Bursaries.

Carla Dodd, the Financial Aid Coordinator at Grande Prairie Regional College speaks to the importance of resources to support students in their post-secondary journey. Dodd says, “When students are facing financial struggles, it can often preoccupy their thoughts, preventing them from being able to clearly focus on their studies. Bursaries from communities like Bezanson can help relieve this stress and allow them to be more successful in their studies.”

The Financial Aid team at GPRC can help students navigate the world of bursaries, scholarships and student loans. Dodd emphasizes, “Post-Secondary students are often on a very tight budget and every bit of money has a significant impact on their success!”

AEDs placed in the Bezanson Community

The Bezanson Volunteer Fire Department Society has undertaken an initiative to install Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in local community facilities. Recently, the BVFD Society donated and installed AEDs at the Community Hall, Legion Hut and Senior’s Center. After calling 911, these AEDs can be used by the public in the event of a cardiac emergency. AEDs are simple-to-use devices that really do save lives!

This project  has been made possible with the generous support of donors through fundraising and grant applications. We are pleased to receive a donation from the Regional EMS Foundation for two AEDs – thank you! We are also very grateful for the support of the Bezanson Ag Society, West Smoky Legion #244, and the Bezanson Senior’s Center for allowing us to place the AEDs within their facilities.

If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact us. Together, we are a heart-safe community!