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 donated 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.
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!
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