BMO Farm Family Awards

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Every year, the Calgary Stampede and BMO Bank of Montreal recognize outstanding farm families in southern Alberta. The awards program was created to promote a renewed urban-rural relationship and to recognize outstanding southern Alberta farm families who best typify the value of the family farmer to our society. The program, specifically, focuses on recognizing the contribution to the enhancement of quality of life as a family unit. Each year, the municipal districts in southern Alberta nominate one family. The families are brought to the Stampede for the BMO Farm Family Awards, which include a reception, greeting from Alberta's Minister of Agriculture, brunch, awards presentation, and family photograph session. The winning families are then treated to an afternoon Stampede Rodeo performance. The 2012 BMO Farm Family Awards will be held on Monday, July 9 at the Palomino Room in the BMO Centre.



Event Dates and Location

Event Date: July 9, 2012
Location: Palomino Room

This invitational reception will begin at 10:00 AM, Monday, July 9, 2012 and will take place at the Palomino Room in the BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Calgary.


To name and recognize outstanding Albertan farm families in the districts South of Red Deer.

Purpose of Award:

  • to promote the relationship between urban and rural people
  • to focus on Agriculture at the Calgary Stampede
  • to increase the awareness of the high ideals of Agriculture and the opportunities of rural living


  • farm families must be actively involved in both agriculture and their community
  • agriculture must provide the major source of income
  • must be active in primary agriculture and have members residing on farm

Who nominates:
Alberta Agriculture Service Board representatives from the various districts/ municipalities

On behalf of BMO Bank of Montreal, the Calgary Stampede is pleased to announce that twenty families will be recognized at the 2012 Farm Family Awards.

What happens next:
All nominees are honored at the Farm Family Award Ceremonies held in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede. The ceremonies and brunch take place on Monday, July 9, 2012. It is here that the families meet with BMO Bank of Montreal representatives, government officials, Calgary Stampede Board Members, and Stampede Royalty. Each family member receives free admission to the park, a Farm Family Awards limited edition pin, and an afternoon rodeo ticket. Professional family photographs will be taken and each family will be presented with a personalized farm gate sign.

Congratulations to all who were nominated for the award!!

The Winners for 2012 are: Click on the farm names for information. 



Farm Name
Family Name
Nominated by

Bauer Family

Norman & Jean Bauer
Cypress County

Bricker Family

David & Phyllis Bricker
Mountain View County
Allan & Ramona Chiliak
Special Area #3
Bruce, Drann, Norris, Devinn Hogg
Kneehill County
Julia, Todd & John Irwin
County of Newell
Doug Jensen Family
MD of Taber
Theo & Regina Krooshoop
County of Forty Mile
Charles & Doug Leeds & Families
MD of Willow Creek
Phil & Judy Madge
Special Area #2
Barry & Dawn Mason
Starland County
Donald & Marlene McCann
County of Lethbridge
George Mowat Family
MD of Pincher Creek
William Deitz Family
County of Vulcan
Barry Redel Family
Special Area #4
Phil Rowland Family
MD of Foothills
Dennis & David Rowney & Families
Rocky View County
Cameron & Janelle Schmitt
County of Warner
Terry Tower and Family
Wheatland County
Barry Webster & Family
Cardston County
Glen & Betty Wideman
MD of Ranchland