The LaValley’s were early pioneers in the Beznason area having arrived from International Falls, USA in 1917. Dusty, born on May 30, 1981, is the 3rd child of Bernice and Grant LaValley of Bezanson. Dusty has two sisters; Laura and Amanda and one brother, Trevor. They lived on the family farm where they raised horses. The children all attended Bezanson Consolidated School followed by High School at Sexsmith. Most young boys, at one time or another, have dreamt about joining the rodeo and Dusty was no exception. By the age of 10, he decided he wanted to be a bareback bronc rider. At age 14, Dusty crawled on his first bucking horse and knew immediately that this was what he wanted to do for a career.
Daren, born on May 30, 1971 at Grande Prairie, is the oldest son of Wanda Zenner. He has two brothers, Craig and Barry.
The Bezanson Bog, the local cross-country race held at the Old Bezanson Townsite, has became a huge community event for the hamlet and surrounding areas over the past 9 years. Racers from all over, including Peace River, Tumbler Ridge, Grande Cache and Valleyview, all came to run the muddy trail and try to conquer Buffalo Hill (a steep climb alongside the fence on the north end, which was not used in some of the previous years). This event has become very popular, but for now, it will have to come to an end.
What brought you and your family to Bezanson?
Bezanson School and Peace Wapiti Academy alumni Emma Doris has recently been given the 2019-2020 GPRC Students Association VP Social position. Emma has recently completed her second year at the Grande Prairie Regional College. In her third year, this job will entail Doris to handle multiple things, such as, “planning events (including the parties), ‘Brain Break’ weeks, orientation activities and more!” Doris says it will also include, “club coordination, running the website and social media, marketing SA events, and working with the rest of the Student’s association to advocate for our students.”
Corinne is a well known name around our community. She’s at many of our events feeding us her delicious meals. Corinne runs her own local business, Corinne’s Catering. She’s been around the community for a long time volunteering for the school, cooking for the students at Bezanson School, booster club and she does so much for our community.
1. What brought you and your family to Bezanson?
My family is from around here originally. So it’s home to me even though we have moved around a lot. I was even born in Grande Cache, but we always came back here.
2. How long have you lived in the community and what do you think your role is in the community?
I lived here probably 20ish of my 45 years and stayed here the last 14 or 15 years. I think this is a great place to raise a family. The community and the school has a quality you just can’t beat!
3. Are you involved in any organizations in the community? If so, which ones?
I try to be a part of as much as I can. I attend the school advisory council meetings, I catch the odd booster club meeting when I can. I like to do my part wherever I can. It’s important to me to help out wherever I can.
4. How long have you been Catering?
About 11-12 years, I started out in rig camps, did that for 11 years then went on my own.
5. What are your interests and hobbies? What are
some of your family’s favourite activities?
I love hanging out with friends and family, playing cards, golf, and watching movies, and watching my kids play sports.
6. What is your favourite part about this small
I love how we come together through the good times and bad, and work together to achieve a common goal.
7. What are some of your family’s favourite activities?
We like a good mudding trip on a rainy day with the side by side roasting hotdogs on the trail. A good poker rally don’t hurt either lol.
8. Where is your favourite restaurant?
It’s hard to pick obviously, cause I love food. In Mexico I love Carlos and Charlies, and Olive Garden. There is always something good about it whenever we go.
9. Typical Friday evening what are you up to?
Typical Friday….Always seems like I am getting ready for a catering job on Saturday. But if not I like to do something with my kids and hubby to celebrate the weekend. Dinner, Movies, Drinks with friends.
10.What would you like to see in this community in 5 years time?
Of course see our community center completed, but I would really like to see our adults come together more. Maybe meeting at the ball diamonds for a slow pitch game, taking better advantage of our center and playing sports more regularly.
Bezanson Ag Society looking for Financial Administrator for 8 -10 hours a week with the potential to grow as the organization grows.
- Have good working knowledge of Quickbooks Desktop. Experience with Jobs/Classes an asset.
- Good working knowledge of computers.
- Be able to complete all financial administration tasks including; accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, T4s, ROEs, payroll remittances, bank reconciliation, GST, WCB reporting.
- Experience with not-for-profit organization an asset, but not required.
- Government Correspondence
- Monthly Financial Reporting & Analysis
- Operational Budget & Planning
- Fiscal year end preparation
- Experience with Perfect Mind an asset, but not required.
- Candidate must be able to work as a team.
Now taking applications. Position start date for September 1 or sooner for suitable applicant. Only those considered for the position will be contacted.
Position is in Bezanson, 1-2 days a week. Wage is dependent on experience.
Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Three years ago, Erika Backmeyer was looking for something for her kids to be able to
attend and decided to attend a meeting in Grande Prairie about restarting the
Grande Prairie’s Junior Forest Warden club. Unfortunately, Erika was the only
one who showed up, so she decided to avoid the inconvenient driving that a
Grande Prairie club would entail. She decided to begin her own club in
Bezanson. She says, “I was a tree-planter
for many years, so the forestry part resonated with me, plus the camping and
hiking. It seemed like really great stuff to do with kids and other families!”
And so, the Bezanson Brown Bears Junior Forest Wardens began.
Some exciting news for the community is putting our small hamlet on the maps!
The Peace Country Historical Society, formed in 2009, is the newest and northernmost chapter of the Historical Society of Alberta. The Society is devoted to the preservation and appreciation of the history of north-western Alberta.