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!”

Swimming with the West Smoky Legion

Swimming Success for Bezanson Kids

West Smoky Legion #244It’s been over 55 years that the West Smoky Legion #244 has been dedicated to sending Bezanson youth for swimming lessons.

“It’s a life skill” says Legion President Bruce Fenton, “swimming lessons have always been an important part of the community services we offer”.

Many of the legions active members attended these same sponsored lessons in their youth and now have children and grandchildren of their own partaking.

“The kids absolutely LOVE it!” says organizer Renee Laverick. “We have kids ranging from 5 years old right up to 15. Seventy three kids in total this year!”

The funding provided by the West Smoky Legion #244 is a huge contribution to the success of the program that ran for 6 days over the last two weeks. Covering 62% of the lesson costs as well as the transport to the Eastlink Centre makes this program super friendly to families.

Of course the volunteers are an instrumental part of the programs success as well. “A tremendous thank-you to all that come to help out. We had 19 Moms helping out this year supervising in the stands, change rooms, on the pool deck and the bus – we really couldn’t run this program without them” says Laverick.

With continued support from the community through fundraising events like the Golden Leaf Dine & Dance (Nov), the Legion is hoping to extend lessons to include life guard training to children 13 years and older in 2017. A minimum of 4 students will be required to run these classes. Students with interest in this program next summer should contact Renee.

If you are interested in helping with youth activities in our community, fundraising or becoming a member of the West Smoky Legion #244 contact us, we would love to have you on board!

Northern Energy Basketball 2016 Season Wrapup

The Northern Energy Basketball team was created to provide another option for girls to play club basketball. Our Mission is to bring Grande Prairie area players with desire, dedication and talent together to play at a high level of competition. Not only that, our clubs vision is to ensure that players are not only developing their athletic skills but also their eating and exercising habits as well as team building skills. All of our players are dedicated students as well as basketball players and most of those girls play basketball year-round in hopes of, one day, securing a college scholarship.

This season is proof that all the local clubs can benefit from more teams in the area. Our team has been able to scrimmage with and play against other local teams, thereby lessening the travel costs for all teams. Overall, building more basketball opportunities for our region, opening more doors for our local athletes.

This years (2016) team is made up of players from Peace Wapiti School Division, Northern Gateway (Valleyview), GP Catholic, GP Public. Tryouts take place after school season and our season runs from April – July. The focus is to help girls become better skilled, more confident and give them opportunities to travel across the province playing against other club teams.

The 2016 season included tournaments in Edmonton, Calgary, Peace River/Grimshaw, Grande Prairie. The girls practice 2-3 times a week including a dry land fitness session. They also take in sessions with local sports psychologist Matt Bain. This year the team travelled to Gonzaga University to take part in the Gonzaga Women’s Basketball Team Camp. The girls spent a week on campus, taking in coaching sessions, meeting and learning from Gonzaga players and coaches, participating in team-building events, as well as game play. They finished 6-3 in the tournament to wrap up the season.

Ally Pilgrim and Anna Vandergiessen from Bezanson were proud members of the Energy team this year.

Our team would like to acknowledge all those people who help make this team a success:

Thanks to the coaches, Lisa and Jessica for all the time put in this season. Thanks to the parent volunteers and to John and Tracy for driving to Gonzaga. Thanks to our supporters and sponsors – County of Grande Prairie, West Smoky Legion #244, Dirham Homes, Lighthouse Mechanical, Jennifer and PWA, Hillside Jr/Sr High School, Bezanson School, Playfair Athletics, Deana and the team at Ernie’s Prosport….and to all our fans and parents who travel with the girls, cheer them on and help us out with organizing and fundraising. Most of all Thanks to our players who commit to 2-3 practices a week, mental skills sessions, 4 tournaments and a week long trip to Gonzaga – you make us proud and you truly exemplify what it means to be a team. Have a great summer girls!

Our website : www.northernenergybasketballclub.com

Photo credit: Carolyn Pilgram

Relaunch of DiscoverBezanson.ca

Welcome to the new and improved discoverBezanson.ca website. The new design has transitioned the static version of our site to an interactive community tool providing Bezanson one source for all community information.

Wondering about moving to Bezanson? Find information on local services for our area. Looking for a local mechanic? Search our business listing. Want to know what is going on this weekend? Check out the community calendar! Want more information on the Capital Campaign? We have the information all here.

ALL local business, clubs, organizations, local news and events are listed here for free. Submit your information regularly to keep the community up to date day in and day out. Interested in more advertising opportunities? We have that too. Featured banner advertising and premium business listings are also available for local businesses.

discoverBezanson.ca is brought to you by:

 
Bezanson Agricultural Society
Cultivating community spirit and well being by providing facilities and recreational, educational, and community events within our rural area.

Bezanson Volunteer Fire Department Society
Focus their efforts on projects that enhance the community, specifically those that benefit families.

West Smoky Legion #244
Facilitating remembrance & support for our troops and veterans, as well as community development in a variety of forms, including youth activities and fundraising for community projects.

 

Bezanson Ag Society         Volunteer Fire Dept Station 9       West Smoky Legion #244

Bezanson Community Student Bursary Award deadline June 30, 2016

The deadline for the Bezanson Community Student Bursary Award at GPRC is June 30, 2016. This bursary is specific to former students of Bezanson School that are enrolled in post-secondary studies at GPRC. There are three $500 bursaries awarded each year that are funded by our community groups: Bezanson Ag Society, Bezanson Volunteer Fire Department Society and West Smoky Legion #244.


If you are a former Bezanson School student, and you meet the eligibility criteria, please apply at Student Services.
Application form here!