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Our mission is to empower and educate as many people as possible. Through education we can help people make the most out of their savings and potential earnings. We started providing information sessions as we found that most people are unaware of the rules around finances.

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Grade 9 Class raising Funds for 2019 Quebec Trip

This upcoming May ten of the Bezanson Grade 9 students will be venturing off to Quebec City with their teacher Miss Jillian Owens to practice their French, see the sights and experience French Canadian culture first hand.

The group is scheduled to enjoy a number of fascinating activities including a tour of Old Quebec City, a visit to the Montmorency Falls and of course a visit to a traditional sugar shack for a sampling of some real Canadian maple syrup taffy served straight from the snow.

To help raise funds for their trip students are working hard individually doing odd jobs as well as in a team environment organizing two fundraising events.

In March the students will be doing a bottle drive. Please save your bottles and let any of the grade 9 students (parents listed below) or the Bezanson School know you have bottles waiting for pickup!

In addition, next weekend, February 9th, the students will be hosting a night of entertainment at the Knelsen Centre with Hypnotist Sebastian Steel, one of Canada’s funniest hypnotists. The show was a laughing good time last year and is sure to be equally entertaining this year with a new routine and of course a new team of entertainers on stage.

“I haven’t laughed that hard in 20 years,” says lasts years audience member. “It’s a great way to spend an evening and help get these kids out to see the world. I’ll be there this year, wouldn’t miss it!”

Please come out to support the grade 9 students and their fundraising efforts. Tickets are $35 each, available at the Bezanson School 780-532-6490, the Bezanson General Store or any of the Grade 9 students traveling to Quebec this year. Babysitting will be available at the Knelsen Centre for $5 per child.

The function will also have a small concession available and several silent auction items to bid on before the show and during intermission. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets will be available at the door.

Looking to purchase tickets? Visit the Bezanson General Store or Contact:
Bezanson School 780-532-6490, Katherine Cissell 780-832-8033, Laura LaValley, Melanie Humbke, Tina Brick, Terri Hatch, Irene Wilson, Louise Strayer, Beth Cadieux or Rochelle Gabler


10 Questions with Raymond Peterson

What brought you and your family to Bezanson?

“I was born in Grande Prairie but at the age of 5 moved away to Ponoka… finally moved back to the Wanham area after I graduated. I was told of a place called Leftys and they were looking for cooks so I drove to Bezanson and applied. Cindy Moody and Lois Dodd owned it back then and when I went in to apply they thought it was for the gas station not a cook position. Lol, the rest is history.  I’ve worked for them for 6 years until they sold it. This is also the place I met my beautiful wife, Raelyn. We don’t live in the community, Raelyn has all of her life, but we live in Sexsmith.”

How long have you lived in the community and what do you think your role is in the community?

 “I think my role in the community is to provide a place in the community for friends and family to gather. The best is watching complete strangers pay for another tables bill!!”

Are you involved in any organizations in the community? If so, which ones?

“I was the cooking leader in 4-H Bezanson Multi-club a few years ago which was awesome, we had 14 young kids aged 9-16 learning different skills in the kitchen. I had to give it up as I just had too much on my plate”

What is your favourite part about this small community?

“The thing about Bezanson is for me the great people. The heart and dedication that everyone puts into making it better from the new hall being built and reaching completion to our volunteer fire dept who both work very thankless jobs just to make our community a better place!”

What is your best/favourite memory from a Bezanson event?

“Best event or memory would be opening Leftys as my own! I always said if I ever have the chance I would take it and low and behold Raelyn and I had the chance and now we’re 7 years into something very special.”

What are your interests and hobbies? What are some of your family’s favourite activities?

 “Interests and hobbies would be… first and foremost I’m a foodie! I love to try all foods and different things. I love my family we have built over the last 10 years, so my girls are huge in my life. If you’ve ever been in to Leftys you would know music is huge to me… way back, I worked with Sharon Dodd and she hated my music lol but I have mellowed out a little bit now I just pick and choose when I play the hard stuff lol… I also play guitar and have a group of guys I play with in my down time.”

It is a typical Saturday, what are you up to?

“A typical Saturday for me is usually working… especially in the summertime. We usually cater weddings every weekend or run the food truck so my weekends are spent working which is ok then I have the weekdays free. The golf courses aren’t as busy then lol.”

Where is your favourite restaurant?

“Favourite restaurant is Tayo in Grande Prairie. It is a Vietnamese restaurant run by a great family… the food is tasty and very fresh, make sure and order the #35 lol”

What would you like to see in this community in 5 years time?

“In 5 years I think Bezanson would definitely benefit from more housing. I would like to see maybe a subdivision come in and also some new businesses would be great. As a community it is always good to evolve and move forward!”

Assembled by Ally Pilgrim

10 Questions with Christy Ewert

10 Questions with Christy Ewert

What brought you and your family to Bezanson?

“Well, for Steve it was moving back home as he grew up in Bezanson! But we found an empty lot we loved and built there to be out of town and are so thankful we did.”

How long have you lived in the community and what do you think your role is in the community?

“We moved here 9 years ago. Our four daughters are going to the school here (one moving on to PWA now), and we have been thankful to be raising our girls in a family-oriented community.”

Are you involved in any organizations in the community? If so, which ones?

“Our family attends Bezanson Community Church and have been thankful to find our extended “family” among the others that attend there. I’m also the secretary at Bezanson School, a job that I LOVE (except for this part where going back means summer is almost over!) because I get to know the kids so well – and they are some terrific kids!”

What is your favourite part about this small community?

“I love that a small community feels like a family. I can go to pick up my mail and run into four people I know. I love that at events at the hall, the building just hums with the sounds of people enjoying one another’s company. That is what a small community should sound like!”

What is your best/favourite memory from a Bezanson event?

“I really love when Bruce Fenton comes to the school with Eleanor Ford to the Christmas concert to give the awards to our students for their Remembrance Day artwork, poems, and essays, and Eleanor spends most of her time trying to tone Bruce down, but every parent is on the edge of their seats waiting for Bruce to bust out a little, “sucking the hind tit,” or some such other Bruce-ism at the school Christmas concert. (Please keep coming, Bruce!!)”

What are your interests and hobbies?

Summer is my favourite season and I love hanging out in my garden watching things grow. We also spend as much time as we can camping with our family in the summer. I also love to read!!”

What are some of your family’s favourite activities?

“We love to go camping and do it every chance we get.”

It is a typical Saturday, what are you up to?

“If it’s summer, I’m camping or wishing I was camping! In fall, winter, and summer, I’m cleaning my house and getting groceries (I know how to get down!).”

Where is your favourite restaurant?

“Ummm…The Keg?”

What would you like to see in this community in 5 years time?

“This is a tough one! My hope for 5 years from now is that this community will still be growing. I hope that new families will feel welcome here, and that it will feel like home to them as it does to me.”

Knelsen Centre- Casual Employee(s) Needed

Casual Employment

The Bezanson Agricultural Society is looking for casual employees to open and close the Knelsen Centre for bookings as well as supervise drop-in programs.  This casual position will include after hours, evening and occasional weekend bookings. Shifts will vary due to facility bookings. Qualifications include a valid driver’s licence.

Please send an email to with your contact information if you are interested.

Job Posting- Knelsen Centre Administrative Assistant Needed

Overview: The Bezanson Agricultural Society’s purpose is to enrich the community.  It cultivates community spirit and well-being by providing facilities, recreational, educational, and agricultural opportunities, community events and activities within the regional area. Reporting to the Executive Director of the Bezanson Agricultural Society, the Administrative Assistant position is responsible for implementing a management strategy for facility planning and programming designed to meet the needs and interests within the Bezanson community and outlining area.

Proposed Duties:

  • Responsible for development and implementation of promotional and marketing initiatives and resources for all Bezanson Ag Society facilities, programs, events, and activities
  • Administrative duties for the Bezanson Agricultural Society including Facility Bookings, program registrations, invoicing, collection of all monies, receipts, waivers, & preparing deposits for all programs, events, fundraisers and facility bookings and any related tasks
  • Design & implement Bookings calendar and related information & ensuring it’s updated and current for all bookings in the office and on the website
  • Facilitates all bookings & oversees any extra staffing/volunteers required for facility set up/tear down & opening, closing & lock up of facilities
  • Learn and implement the bookings software
  • Responsible for utilizing social media platforms including the discoverbezanson website; posting articles and information & linking to social media
  • Responsible for creating and distributing the monthly discoverbezanson newsletter
  • Responsible for the promotion, inventory, sales and collection of funds of Discover Bezanson merchandise
  • Facilitates and ensures all necessary volunteer correspondence for programs and activities of the Bezanson Ag Society are received and recorded in the appropriate computer file
  • Research and prepare costs, comparisons and quotes as determined by the Executive Director
  • File all paperwork including paperwork from the bookkeeper, treasurer and funding proposals
  • Record and file all maintenance, warranties, monthly, quarterly and yearly safety checks
  • Ensure updating, implementation and recording of safety/maintenance policies, procedures, guidelines or protocols
  • Other duties as determined as required


  • Positive team player & willing to learn new skills
  • Highly organized & has ability to work independently
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Chrome applications
  • Experience with website
  • Marketing and/or business experience an asset
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License

Job Position:  15 hours per week commencing January, 2019.  Potential for full-time hours with the success of facility management development.

Please send resume, including cover letter, experience, and references to

Deadline: December 31, 2018. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Golden Leaf Dine & Dance Thank-you 2018

The event has come and gone, but the 2018 Roaring 20s Golden Leaf Dine & Dance was, in fact, a Roaring Success.

Thank you to the community of Bezanson for your support at the Golden Leaf Dine & Dance on November 24, 2018. We had an amazing amount of support at our first fundraiser in the new Knelsen Centre with almost 350 people in attendance! Not only did we have tremendous support from businesses dedicated to our community but our visitors also came and shared their enthusiasm or the growth of our facilities and programming under the Bezanson Ag Society and West Smoky Legion directives. We are very thankful for their generosity.

We would also like to say a special thank you all of our volunteers that work tirelessly to host our events, we have an amazing crew that always rises to the challenge. This year we were also fortunate to have the junior high students and the Bezanson 4-H Multi Club assist us with setup and take down. We are excited to have so many community builders and leaders willing to donate their time and energy to community service

We are always looking for new members to a join our team – events like the golden leaf take hundreds of volunteer hours to host.  If you are interested in a joining the Bezanson Ag Society and the West Smoky Legion always welcome new board member and new committee members. Please consider joining one of our teams!

The Bezanson Ag Society and the West Smoky Legion #244 would like to thank everyone that contributed this year, our larger named Sponsors and donators include;

Gold Sponsors

The Cissell Family and the Strban Family donated a live edge river table hand crafted for the event.

Silver Sponsors

Jeff & Christal House donated a hand build gazebo swing to be installed in 2019.

Bezanson General Store  Joined our team this year as our Grand prize sponsor.

Diamond Sponsors

Garry and Janet Sarmaga for their live auction item of a Diamond Willow bench.

Pearl Sponsors

[ Fenton Greenhouses

Rocky Mountain Equipment Live Auction Item

Champagne Sponsors

Binns family for their live auction donation of buffalo meat.

Debolt Gunby Golf Course, for two memberships.

Tire Pro for their auction item donation.

County Logo

Special thank you to our band Night Ryder, the fabulous meal and midnight lunch provided by Corinne’s Catering, RBC Commerical Markets for best Dressed Guy and Gal, Alicia Beisel Photography for manning our photo booth.

Thank you to all of our silent auction donors and all those who purchased items and participated in our events throughout the evening.