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 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 includes a reception, greetings 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 2017 BMO Farm Family Awards will be held on Monday, July 10 at the Palomino Room in the BMO Centre.

Event Dates and Location

Event Date: July 10, 2017
Location: BMO Centre

This invitational reception will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 10, 2017 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

What happens next:
All nominees are honored at the Farm Family Award Ceremonies held in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede. It is at the ceremony and brunch 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 the families who were nominated for the 2017 Farm Family Awards!

Cardston County - TR Cattle Corp., Roger & Lori Thomson

County of Forty Mile - A and B Acres, Andrew & Bev Dykstra

County of Newell - Henrickson Ranching Ltd., Will Henrickson

County of Warner - Snow Land & Livestock, Dale Snow

Cypress County - L. Gill Ventures Ltd., Laverne & Launa Gill & family

Kneehill County - Dau Farms, Bill and Dallas Dau

Lethbridge County - Double Diamond Farms, Wayne & Dianna Michaelis

MD of Foothills - Stimson Creek Ranches, Roy & Lenore McLean

MD of Pincher Creek - Turnbull Charolais, Curtis & Nanette Turnbull

MD of Ranchland - Webster Ranch, Tony & Debbie Webster

MD of Taber - Reynolds Family, Murray & Helen Reynolds

MD of Willow Creek - Cudlobe Farm, Dyce & David Bolduc & family

Mountain View County - Rafter TX Livestock, Bertram & Patricia Ann Pringle

Rocky View County - The Gallelli Family, Darcey & Leisa Gallelli

Special Areas #2 - Majestic Ranches Ltd., Marg & Simon Schonhofer & family

Special Areas #3 - Kulyk Family, Russel & Carla Kulyk

Starland County - Heck Family, Brian & Kim Heck & family

Vulcan County - Tharle Family, Glen & Marsha Tharle

Wheatland County - Kaiser Charolais Farms, Randy & Wendy Kaiser

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