GLEN LESLIE CHURCH

NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
EVERY SATURDAY FROM MAY 5 TO SEPTEMBER 29, 2018
Noon to 4 pm

Saturday May 5 dawned warm and sunny; a perfect backdrop for the first day that the Church was officially open to the public. After a thorough cleaning, the little building shone and eagerly awaited for guests to arrive.

Anna Ladwig has generously volunteered to host the days that the Church will be open and looks forward to sharing her knowledge not only of the Church and Cemetery but also of the Glen Leslie District.

Although there were not as many guests as hoped for, it is still early in the spring and hopefully there will be more who will want to have a leisurely look at the little building. The original organ will now be permanently located at the Church and Anna played wonderful renditions of some of her favorite songs.

As well, there are permanent displays including pictures of all the teachers who taught when the Church was utilized as the school house for the Somme School District along with biographies of the teachers including an extract from the diary of one of them. There is a wonderful picture of Thomas and Margaret Leslie for whom the Church is named after.

An album with various pictures of the Centennial Celebration along with a photo of Wanda Zenner and Harold Bulford (County Councillor) taken when the Glen Leslie Church Preservation Group received the Heritage Conservation Award from the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.

 

Mark your calendars everyone – come out and see the Provincial Historic Site known as the Glen Leslie Church and all the treasurers that are inside.

By Wanda Zenner

Kleskun Hill Museum Summer Programming /Summer Maintenance Position

Do you have enthusiasm for history, weaving a good tale and talking to people from every walk of life? Are you creative, energetic, and looking for a unique summer position that you can return to next summer?  Does this sound like you? If so then you’re the person we want at the Kleskun Hill Museum.

When it comes to making local history fun and fascinating for visitors to the Kleskun Hill Museum, the Summer Programmer /Maintenance Person plays a pivotal role. You will be responsible for the following:

  • Opening & closing the Museum
  • Provide tours of the Historic Buildings
  • Work with Board to develop and deliver new programs
  • Provide information to visitors on Kleskun Hills very Unique History
  • Keep Heritage Buildings and grounds clean and inviting.
  • Accessioning, inventory, and data entry of Museum collection.
  • Accept donated items for the Boards review
  • Minor maintenance and painting in buildings as assigned by the board
  • Mowing trails
  • Aid in special events
  • Work with volunteers on building and artifacts
  • Aid in construction of exhibits

The Kleskun Hill Museum welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified Canadian students with a passion for history.   Superior communication skills, both written and presentation, is essential. The candidate must have a willingness to learn, to work independently and ideally, have experience creating and delivering public programs.  Due to the location of the Museum, the candidate must have a valid driver’s license or reliable transportation.

The position of Summer Programmer/ Summer Maintenance Person is a 16 week position, beginning on May 14 and ending on August 31, 2018. You will work a 5-day, 40-hour week, at $20.00 per hour, with a rotating schedule to allow for some weekends off.  This position will provide visitors with a memorable interpretive experience on the site during the 2018 summer season.

Please email your resume or inquiries to:  maxnjimr@gmail.com

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

 

10 Questions with Erika Backmeyer


1. What brought you and your family to Bezanson?
“My husband always wanted to move back to the family farm and when we decided to start a family we did just that.”

2. How long have you lived in the community? “Since 2010”

3. Are you involved in any organizations in the community? If so, which ones? “I am involved in the Bezanson Agricultural Society and have started a local Alberta Junior Forest Wardens club (Bezanson Brown Bears)”

4. What is your favourite part about this small community? “It’s a great place to raise kids -lots of activities for youth and families.”

5. What is your best/favourite memory from a Bezanson event? “The ladies Bonspiels are my favourite -they are always a great time with a great group of women.”

6. What are your interests and hobbies? “Camping, Yoga, and beekeeping 🙂 I also love the ocean and visit as often as I can. I’ve just got back into cross country skiing and have been really enjoying it.

7. What are some of your family’s favourite activities? “We like to go outside for camping or hiking, go to a museum or art gallery, and travel to new places. We enjoy listening to music, board games, and family dance parties :)”

8. It is a typical Saturday, what are you up to? “Outside for a walk or ski -doing our chores -enjoying family time.”

9. Where is your favourite restaurant? “I like ethnic food so enjoy the Thai, Greek, or Vietnamese restaurants in GP.”

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

“I’d enjoy a satellite library and a wellness centre that would see some Alberta health service available in Bezanson.”

 

Assembled by Ally Pilgrim

Have Your Say!

The County of Grande Prairie is developing a new strategy that will improve public participation at the County.  They want to hear from residents on how to better connect you with the decisions and services of your local government.

Specifically, the County wants to know:
– what issues are most important for you to have your stay on.
– how you prefer to provide feedback to the County.
– what times and days of the week work best for you to participate and
– the ways you prefer to stay informed on local issues.

Get involved!

There are two main ways for you to have your say in this project:

1.  Complete the online survey by April 15, found at engage.countygp.ab.ca

2.  Participate in a focus group discussion.  There are three focus groups at the following time/day slots:
Monday, April 9 – afternoon
Monday, April 9 – evening
Tuesday, April 10 – evening

Register for a focus group by emailing communications@countygp.ab.ca with your name, referred time-slot and location or area of residence.

This is a great chance to help shape the future of public participation at the County, creating a stronger and more connected community.

Ignatius But, Engagement Coordinator

10 Questions with Chad Marthaller

1) What brought you and your family to Bezanson?

“I came to Bezanson because my wife, Amanda LaValley, was born and raised out there, As many are aware LaValley’s don’t go far from the nest.”

2) How long have you lived in the community?

I moved to Bezanson in 2003”

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

“I have been the general Leader of the Bezanson 4H Multi Club for 3 years now.”

4) What is your favourite part about this small community?

“I think the best thing about Bezanson is how close of a community we all are, yes there is a lot of family but even new people that come to Bezanson are treated like family. I like how we have all come together to make Bezanson better. Firehall, skating rink and of course our new community hall that is being built.”

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

“I really enjoy the ball tournament, I will also add that the hypnotist that was just in Bezanson was really good too”

6) What are your interests and hobbies?

“Work is a big interest for me lol, that is what I do the most. I enjoy playing hockey and watching my kids in all the sports they are involved in.”

7) What are some of your family’s favourite activities?

“My wife and daughter’s are very big into barrel racing so our summers are very busy driving up and down the road to all the barrel races they attend. My son plays hockey in Sexsmith so in the winters we stay pretty busy watching him play hockey.”

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

“Hockey in the winter and of course barrel racing in the summer.”

9) Where is your favourite restaurant?

“I enjoy a good steak and seafood so I would have to say the Keg or Sawmill but I definitely can’t rule out Monty and Katherine Cissell’s Christmas party.”

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

“Not a bunch more as I think that’s what makes Bezanson so great. We are a small community that has what in my opinion we need. If we start bringing too much to the community It would take away from the small town living.”

10 Questions with Lianne LaValley


Lianne LaValley (Stierle) was born in Slave Lake, AB and moved around Alberta until grade 2. She moved to Sexsmith until she got married to her high-school sweetheart, Travis which led to her moving to Bezanson and having 4 kids, two girls and two boys.

She now lives on the Smoky River Banks.

1)What brought you and your family to Bezanson?

“My husband grew up here, he loved Bezanson and in no time so did I! Best place to live!”

2)  How long have you lived in the community?

“22+ years”

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

“Ag society (former treasurer, current entertainment director, on the building committee), West Smoky Legion-AGLC Chairperson, PWA Grad chair, President of the Sexsmith Football Club and founded and run a support group for Lyme Disease in the Peace Country.”

4)  What is your favourite part about this small community?

“How the whole community is there for the kids, no matter what age and stage of life people are at…Bezanson kids are so important to everyone.”

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

“Grant Moon telling Travis that he was wrong and that he shouldn’t skip my shots from behind the glass because he underestimated me!! Haha Oh, and any air band performance with Leah Binns!”

6)  What are your interests and hobbies?

“Water skiing, downhill skiing, river floats, bonfires, scuba diving, watching my kids in sports, my ladies run group!”

7)  What are some of your family’s favourite activities?

“Camping, bonfires LaValley style….with guitars and singing, family movie nights, visiting great people.”

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

“Freezing watching my man cubs play football, watching basketball, visiting friends, board games with the kids, Martini Maniacs dance parties”

9)  Where is your favourite restaurant?

“In Mexico, tiny place only the locals know of….unreal food and even better people!”

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

“Our building all complete and the hub for all the kids.”

 

Compiled by Ally Pilgrim