Activity Afternoon: Tues Nov 20/2018

The Bezanson Golden Years Centre would like to invite members and prospective members to participate in an “Activity Afternoon” on Tues Nov 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm.  All the various activities presently available in the Centre will be set up, and you will have opportunity to try them.   We look forward to your feedback on any or all activities.

Military Whist:

Military Whist is held at 1:00 pm at Bezanson Golden Years Centre the 2nd Saturday of every month September through May, the next one being held on Saturday November 10/2018. Cost is $7.00 and includes lunch.

Cribbage, Whist, Pool, Shuffleboard, etc:

TUESDAYS – 1:00 pm   –   Come and participate in the activity of your choice!

Golden Years Monthly Meeting – Tues, Nov 27/2018

Monthly meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month at the Bezanson Golden Years Centre. This month’s meeting will start with POTLUCK at 11:30 am, MEETING at 12 Noon, and cards/activities begin at 1:00 pm.

Bezanson Golden Years Member Christmas Party:

A Christmas party for the Bezanson Golden Years members will be held on Tuesday December 11 at 5:30 pm at the Golden Years Centre, cost per member is $10 and is to be prepaid by Tuesday December 4th to Peggy Ross.

For further information on Bezanson Golden Years Centre or for memberships, please feel free to contact:

Hazel Westwood, President             780-957-2248
Peggy Ross, Secretary-Treasurer     780-518-5384

Local Couple Honour Veterans

Remembrance Day
Newsworthy Event From 1992
“Local Couple Honour Veterans”

With Remembrance Day fast approaching, it is certainly time to reflect on all the veterans who served our Country and more specifically, those who had served locally.

In 1992, a local couple, Allie and Earl Weegar along with Allie’s son Keith Patterson, decided to honour the local veterans by constructing an array of framed pictures complete with name plaques. The frames were then presented to the West Smoky Legion #244 to be displayed in the Bezanson Legion Hut. The couple had thought about and discussed the project for seven years before they actually seriously delved into it. The Daily Herald Tribune interviewed the threesome and published the heartwarming story on February 14, 1992.

Keith Patterson, Earl & Allie Weegar photo in Daily Herald Tribune’s article entitled:
“Photo History of War Vets”

Allie and Earl took it upon themselves to locate as many pictures of the local veterans as they could. There was a slow start to the project to begin with until the Community realized the importance of such a unique way of honouring the veterans. Leads were provided by family members or local old-timers who knew the whereabouts of several of the veterans who had moved away. The cost of the wood for the frames, glass, matting and backing material was borne by the Weegar’s. Ralph Selke constructed the five frames following which they were stained by Allie and the end product was nothing short of being a work of art. Each frame would hold 20 pictures along with gold identifying plaques. Plaques were still provided for veterans when a picture was not available. What an endeavor that would have been to collect over 100 photographs in the early 1990’s.

The Community thanks the family of Earl, Allie and Keith for the unique and remarkable way in which they honoured the local veterans. Keith Patterson passed away in 2015, Earl Weegar in 2001 and Allie Weegar in 2016. They are buried in the Glen Leslie Cemetery.


By Wanda Zenner – written October 30, 2018
Reference Val (Patterson) Williamson

Bezanson Halloween Party 2018

This last Friday at the community hall there was a halloween party hosted by the Bezanson Agricultural Society. The Ag Society has been putting on this event for almost 20 years. It is always a good time they have many fun things set up for kids and families. The dance started at 6 o’clock and it went until around 10 o’clock.

There was so many different fun things for kids to do. There was snacks available for everybody, and cookie decorating for the kids.

There was loco motion dancing as well as so many different types of dancing and fun. Some of the different activities included a photo booth, target hitting and a ring toss station as well as bowling.

There was also some bowling, as well as the mummy wrap and there was a spot dancing. Spot dancing is where there are numbers on the ground (the spot) and you dance until the music stops and you must find a spot, it is the same concept as musical chairs. The mummy wrap was very successful so many people wrapped their moms, their kids and friends too. Of corpse it was a good time 😉

Here are some of our local volleyball players wrapping a player up. (Left to right Laurel van der Giessen, Taneisha Humbke, Mia Wilson, Danika Cadieux)

Written By: Netisha Zacharias


Grand Opening

This past Saturday, October 13th, our wonderful community held the Grand Opening of our brand new Knelsen Center. It was a great turn out for the community. Many people from around the community showed up which was great, as it showed how supportive and great our community and surrounding area is. This past weekend there were lots of tables set up for our dinner with plenty of room for dancing and food tables. With this being the first formal event it was a great success and shows how many more events are going to happen in the future. Supper was done by Corinne’s Catering which was once again amazing food and the buffalo was donate by the Binns family. Prayer was led by Jeff Warkentin, and tables were called up and the eager hungry guests couldn’t wait for their food.

Photo Cred: Facebook

There was many special guests in attendance. MP Chris Warkentin, Minister Margaret McQuaig- Boyd, MLA Todd Loewen, Reeve Leanne Beaupre, Deputy Reeve Ross Sutherland, Councillor of Division 1, Harold Bulford and Councillor Tom Burton (M.D. of Greenview).  After supper was finished they began their speeches which were by Chris Warkentin, Todd Loewen, Minister McCuaig Loyd, Reeve Leanne Beaupre, Building Project Chair Rick Friesen, and Capital Campaign Manager Laura LaValley. We thank everyone who came out and supported our community.

It is with great anticipation and excitement that the Bezanson Agricultural Society is announcing the Grand Opening to their recently completed project – the new Bezanson Regional Community Cultural Centre which is officially known as the Knelsen Centre!


Photo Cred: Facebook

In our new centre there are two fixed basketball nets and two portable ones, hockey equipment, pickleball equipment, dodgeball and volleyball equipment. Many people in our community will enjoy all of these new activities available to us. There are men and women’s washrooms with change rooms and showers for each. There are two offices and a reception area in the lobby along with a donor wall, historical wall, and a tv for displaying community news and events. The new centre also has a new accessibility lift, this allows access for all abilities to go between the existing Memorial Hall as well as the Knelsen Centre. Many thanks are given to the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie and the West Smoky Legion #244 for their $19,000 contribution which fully funded this important piece for our community.

A few words from young members of our community.

“It’s good the food was really good the music is nice this is really great, it’s cool seeing it put all together and done because I’ve been watching it be put together, seeing how big and it’s really great to see, especially with such a big turn out it’s really great for our community and proves how great we are”- Eden Hatch.

“I think it’s kinda surprising to have such a great centre like this is a small town. I feel like we are setting a good example to other small towns” -Sierra LaValley.

“I am so happy to live in Bezanson and be apart of the community. I am definitely looking forward to the future events in this new facility and playing sports in such a great building” -Laurel Van der Giessen.

Written by Netisha Zacharias



September 29, 2018

By Wanda Zenner

September 29, 2018 brought to a close the summer-season that the Glen Leslie Church would be open to the public. As such, it was decided that an event should be planned for the last day and what would be more fitting than a “Remembrance Tour” of the Cemetery. In preparation for the tour, the Cemetery grounds had been manicured to perfection and the Church had been cleaned and decorated.

As it would not be possible to include all of the veterans’ graves in one tour, a poppy was placed on each headstone in an effort to honour all of them. A list was taken from the Smoky to Grande Prairie History Book and cross referenced to the burials in the Cemetery to come up with 40 veteran names.

As there were originally five school districts in the area, it was decided to pick one veteran from each school district to research and present on. As well, it only seemed fitting that the tour would start with a member of the Leslie family. It was very interesting to trace the history of the veterans chosen – although each had a specific story to tell, there was a common thread amongst all of them – to answer the call of duty to Country to uphold freedom.

Corporal Norman Leslie (1888-1972) – Regimental # 101212, 66th Battalion/4th C.M.G.Coy, enlisted in September 1915, served in France. He received the British War Medal & the Victory Medal. Norman was discharged on demobilization on April 5, 1919. During WWII, Norman became a member of the Veterans Guard of Canada.


Private/Lance Corporal Vernon (Bud) Patterson (1917-1958) – Regimental # M/56286, enlisted in the army in February 1942 and served his country in Sicily, Italy, France, Holland and Germany. Bud was 2

discharged on demobilization in January 1946. Bud received the 1939/45 Star, Italy Star, France/Germany Star, the Defense Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal & Clasp. Bud passed away in a farm accident in 1958.


Sapper John (Jack) Wales (1916-1985) – Regimental # M/67154, enlisted in January 1942 and trained as an engineer. Jack served in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. He was sent to France with the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Jack was discharged on demobilization in November 1945. He received the Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.


Private Roy Robideau (1889-1984) – Regimental # 3207274, enlisted in June 1918. He served in England with the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Roy was discharged on demobilization on October 24, 1919. Roy received the British War Medal. During WWII, Roy was an orderly for 1 . years in the hospital of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps at the Barracks in Grande Prairie following which he became a Veteran Guard.

East Kleskun

Private Ray Boyer (1924-2012) – Regimental # K737, enlisted in November 1943 with the Seaforth Highlanders. He served in the United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands and Germany. Ray was discharged on demobilization in May 1946. Ray received the 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, France & Germany Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal & Clasp.


CWAC Bertha Dillabough (1919-1986) – Bertha enlisted with the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. She received her training in Kitchener, Ontario where she met and married Jeff Dillabough. Upon demobilization, they returned to the Fitzsimmons area in 1946.

Following the walking portion of the Remembrance Tour, everyone congregated in the Church where information was presented on the six men who never made it home. Framed certificates that are available from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission were displayed. The certificates included pictures of the exceptionally well-maintained cemeteries that they are buried in. It was a very poignant display as you realized the magnitude of the ultimate sacrifice these young men had made. 3

During WWI, 620,000 Canadians enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force with 420.000 serving overseas and 200,000 in Canada. 60,000 lives were lost with 172,000 being wounded. Many more returned home broken in mind and body. During WWII, 1.16 million enlisted with 42,000 casualties and 60,000 wounded. It is interesting to note that during WWII more men enlisted per capita from the Peace Country in Northern Alberta than anywhere else in the Dominion.


Private Donald Rooney – Regimental # M/105982, served with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Division, R.C.I.C. Killed in action in France on August 12, 1944 – three weeks after his 21st birthday. Buried in the Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, France.

Sergeant Paul Smashnuk – Regimental # M/4075, served with the Royal Canadian Artillery Unit. Killed in action on November 24, 1943 and buried in the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Italy.


Cook George Fish – Regimental # V/49455, enlisted with the Navy and served on the H.M.C.S Chegogue that was torpedoed by a German U-1227 submarine on October 5, 1944. George was one of the seven casualties. George is commemorated at the Halifax Memorial, Nova Scotia.

East Kleskun

Lance Corporal John Purves – Regimental # M/17199, enlisted with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps. He was killed in action on December 16, 1943 during the Ortona Battle. He was only 22. He is buried in the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Italy and left behind a wife and young son.


Sergeant Charles Dorscheid – Regimental # M/45559, enlisted with the 2nd Armoured Brigade Head Quarters Squadron, 7th/11th Hussars R.C.A.C. Was killed in action on August 19, 1944 and buried in the Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, France.


Corporal Willis Johnston – Regimental # 18208, enlisted in August 1914 with the 101st Edmonton Fusiliers. Transferred to 9th Batallion then to the Canadian Army Service Corps. Died from the Spanish Flu on January 3, 1919 and is buried in the Kortrijk Communal Cemetery in Belgium.

Following the presentation, 10-year-old Nelson Zenner who is the grand, grand, grand-nephew of Corporal Willis Johnston read “In Flanders Fields” that was written by Lieutenant Coronal John McCrae of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. 4

The afternoon continued with Anna Ladwig and another member of the “Christensen and Friends” group singing several old-time songs. All those present joined in.

The door prize of a basket filled with home-made jams and pickles was won by Anna Ladwig.

The afternoon concluded with coffee and a large selection of desserts that were enjoyed by all.


10 Questions with Lisa Zacharias

A new school year and the kids are back to school, what better thing to do than get into a new workout! This year starting September 10th our local Kickboxing and Insanity instructor Lisa Zacharias started up her workouts at Bezanson Hall again. Lisa has been teaching her classes for a few years now. This year she is doing senior workouts. If you want to register for a class or have any questions about any of Lisa’s workouts you can contact her at (780)-518-4875.

4 weeks 8 classes


How long have you been in the community

16 years.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Staying Active ,exercising, jogging, cooking, gardening.

What got you started into working out?

My mom has always stayed active I remember as a kid and it just grew on me. I love it.

Why did you decide to become a fitness instructor?

With my love for working out, I might as well instruct it. Love the excitement it brings to others when they increase their strength and cardio.  Such as not being able to do a push-up and then doing 10 a month later! Awesome!

Do you have fitness goals for yourself? If so, what are they?

Keeping my cardio up. And building strength always. I have be doing lots of virtual runs this last 3 months. I logged 480 km since July 01st 2018 and start another virtual challenge on Jan 01 2019. I have till Dec 31 2019 to log 1920 km.

What group classes have you taught? In your group classes, can you explain how you accommodate varying skill and fitness levels?

I instruct Insanity Live, Fitness Kickboxing, and Bootcamp. All levels are taken into consideration.  I can modify each exercise to a level that suits each individual. From low impact to high impact.

What is your schedule for your classes?

Monday & Wednesday mornings kickboxing/ bootcamp at 8:30am. Tuesday and Thursday Insanity class at 5:30pm and Kickboxing/ bootcamp 7:00pm.  I am starting a seniors bootcamp class in October,  Monday and Wednesday mornings, 10:00am. Each class is 60 min.

Many people ask “What should I eat before a workout?” and “What should I eat after a workout?” What do you tell you classes?

This can be different for every individual.  Some need to eat just before to sustain their energy. Others can not eat before class as it can make them feel sick during cardio or get cramps. A fruit before class usually enough to sustain 60 min. A protein bar or protein meal after workout to replenish.

What is your favorite part about working out?

The adrenaline rush, especially after cardio!

How long are you planning to be teaching classes in Bezanson?

As long as I’m staying active I will continue to do what I love!

Assembled by Netisha Zacharias