We are the Cure – Terry Fox Run

On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, the Bezanson students and staff ran outside for cancer awareness in memory of Terry Fox for 1 hour. Our school goal was to raise $1500. The amount of money that Bezanson School gathered was an incredulous amount of $2, 176.50! The following Tuesday, Bezanson School had an assembly to announce the top three fundraisers. These students got to pie a teacher of their choice in the face.

In first place, Jamie Goebel in grade three chose to pie Miss. Owens, in second place, Josslynn Morrison in grade 2  chose to pie Bezanson School’s principal, Mrs. Linfield, and last but not least JT Laverick in grade 5 chose to pie Mr. Sonnenberg.  We hope next year will be as successful as this year was!

-Danika, Mia, and the Leadership Team

Special Thanks to Jenn Laverick, Capital Campaign Team Advisor

Jenn LaverickJenn is a partner at KMSC Law, practicing in the areas of Corporate Commercial Law, Estate Planning and Administration, Commercial and Residential Real Estate and Surface Rights Law.

Jenn was born and raised in the Calgary area. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Calgary in 2004 and completed her Bachelor of Law in 2008 at the University of Saskatchewan. Jenn relocated to Grande Prairie and was called to the Alberta bar in 2009. She articled with a local firm specializing in surface rights law and joined KMSC in 2012. She is currently a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association. She is currently the president of the Grande Prairie Bar Association.

For two years, Jenn has also been an instructor at the Grande Prairie Regional College, teaching an introductory business law course. She enjoys giving back to her community and currently volunteers with Grande Prairie Legal Guidance as well as the Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning providing volunteer instruction. In her spare time, Jenn enjoys camping, quading, river boating, and gardening.

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)

Many Thanks to Terri Hatch – Capital Campaign Team Advisor!

Terri HatchTerri was born and raised in the Grande Prairie area where she attended Bezanson and Ridgevalley School. After high school, Terri attended Augustana University and SAIT where she completed her diploma in Dental Assisting. In 1999, Terri married Quenton Hatch and together they have 5 children and moved back to Bezanson 4 years ago.

Terri currently is the marketing manager for their business Burke Calibration Ltd. Terri has extensive board experience through her work with School Councils for the past 10 years. Terri was instrumental in starting the Bezanson Booster Club 2 years ago, and acted as the Bezanson School Advisory Council chairperson in the past and currently holds the secretary position . Terri has held multiple board positions which included serving on the East Smoky Rec Board for 4 years, working on the playground committee for Ridgevalley School and coaching high school volleyball for 6 years.

Bezanson 4-H Multi Club 2016/2017

2016 4-H Multi Club
The Bezanson 4-H Multi Club has been in operation in the Bezanson Community for 17 years. As a multi club we have encouraged our members to take part in a variety of different projects over the years. This year our club boasts 40 members ranging in age from 6-17. Last year was our first year hosting Cleaver Kids which are 4-H members from ages 6-8. These young members are given the opportunity to participate and learn all about 4-H and our “Learn To Do By Doing” motto throughout the year by participating in all aspects of 4-H.  This year we again welcome a young enthusiastic group of Cleaver Kids as well as a core group of returning members that have been involved in the club for many years and a few new members as well. Our projects this year include:

Market Steer
Heifer
2yr old Cow/Calf
Mature Cow/Calf
(Leader – Kevin Dorscheid)

Market Lamb
Ewe Project
(Leader – Katrina Wiens)

Market Swine
(Leader – Darrel Wiens & Carla Richard)

Horse
(Leader – Mel Humbke)

Food/Cooking
(Leader – Chef Ray of Lefty’s Cafe)

Pheasant
(Leader – Leanne Glen)

We appreciate the support of the Bezanson Community and try to give back by volunteering our time to community events when we are able, such as the Bezanson Bog.

We welcome anyone who may be interested in our club and our projects to join us at our monthly meeting. Meetings are held every second Wednesday of the month in the basement of the Bezanson Hall.  Our next meeting will be held October 12th, 2016 at 7 pm.

For more information feel free to contact our General Leader, Chad Marthaller, via email at cmarthaller@trican.ca or Assistant General Leader, Rhonda LaValley, at rhonda.lavalley@gmail.com.

#newbeginnings for Bezanson

Welcome to #newbeginnings!

The Bezanson Ag Society’s Capital Campaign has made an application to the AVIVA Community fund for $100,000 to put towards the new Bezanson Regional Community Cultural Centre slated for construction in the spring of 2017.

“For seven years, we’ve been putting our money where our business is — investing in charitable community initiatives across Canada, protecting the people and things you love, supporting the causes you care about most, and strengthening your local community. To us, at Aviva, this is just good thinking. We’re so proud to have provided more than $6.5 million in project funding to date, and we can’t wait to donate another $1 million this year.” – www.avivacommunityfund.org

How do we win?

Step One: To present the impact our project will have on our community. And we have done just that in a thoughtful video created with photos submitted by you – the community!
View our video

Step Two:  Vote for Bezanson! Each person may vote up to 18 times for any entry they wish. Voting takes place from 10 AM on October 11 until 2 pm Oct 28th. All you need to do is visit our project during the voting period and click “Submit your votes”. The 5 ideas with the most votes in our funding category will become finalists in the next round of judging. Please tell your friends and family to vote too!

When will we know?

Finalists will be announced November 7 2016. Submissions will be evaluated according to a number of different criteria including project longevity, sustainability, impact, likelihood of success, number of votes, originality and submission quality.

The winners of the 2016 Aviva Community Fund will be announced on December 6, 2016.

Good luck Bezanson!    Vote Here Oct 11-28, 2016!