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!”

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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 admin@bezansonagsociety.ca 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

Skills:

  • 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 admin@bezansonagsociety.ca

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 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 donars and all those who purchased items and participated in our events throughout the evening.

2019 West Smoky Legion Ski Bus

It’s ski season again! The West Smoky Legion #244 is taking registrations for the 2019 season for Bezanson children and their parents.

The Legion will be subsidizing 3 outings; January 18th, February 1st and February 15th, 2019. Please download the information and signup packages here and submit to the school with payment by December 13th. Packages will also be distributed at the school. It is important to note that all children grades 3 and under require a parent to attend as well. The program requires at least 5 additional parents to supervise, and yes all students are required to take a lesson. Join our facebook group for up to date information.

The Legion is also recruiting new members. We are looking for members that are interested in board positions including the memberships chairperson, as well as event and youth programming. The ski bus in particular requires a new volunteer co-ordinator for 2020. Membership is $30 annually and we meet monthly September until May.

To submit your forms or enquire about membership or the volunteer coordinator position, please contact Katherine Cissell, kat@wildwestventures.ca

Ski Form 2019

SkiBus Info 2019