The Calgary Stampede and BMO Bank of Montreal awarded 19 recipients of the 2009 BMO Farm Family Awards during Stampede earlier this month.
“These families are outstanding examples of how far farm management has come and the tremendous contributions these families make to enriching rural life in Alberta, not only historically at the Calgary Stampede, but as contributors to Alberta’s business success year-round,” said Ted McCarron, senior vice-president, Prairies Division, BMO Bank of Montreal.
The awards focus attention on the importance of farming as a diverse and compelling business sector, the unique ideals and opportunities of rural living and the manner in which farm families are actively involved in their community.
THE WINNERS ARE:
Coulson family MD of Willow Creek
Bectell family Cardston County
Bexte family Vulcan County
Caskey family Special Areas #3
Cyr family MD of Pincher Creek
Gardner family MD of Ranchland
Jackson family Mountain View County
Jeffery family MD of Foothills #31
Loewen family County of Newell #4
Losey family County of Warner #5
Main family Kneehill County
Malaka family Special Area #2
Murphy family Special Area #4
Redekop family MD of Taber
Richmond family Starland County
Risdon family Wheatland County
Schuld family County of Lethbridge
Scott family MD of Rocky View
Thurston family County of Forty Mile #8
Each family was presented with a personalized farm gate sign and had a professional photograph taken. The families will also receive admission to Stampede Park and tickets to the rodeo.