Governor General lauds Johnston for ‘caring’

The Village of Big Valley is delighted to congratulate our own Allan Johnston, who has been selected by the Governor General

BOUNTIFUL CROP — A sprawling field of corn decorates the landscape last week east of Big Valley.

The Village of Big Valley is delighted to congratulate our own Allan Johnston, who has been selected by the Governor General to receive the Caring Canadian Award.

The award recognizes individuals who, through their volunteer efforts, have made significant, sustained, unpaid contributions to their communities. The award also brings to light the example set by our volunteers, who often work behind the scenes, offer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens.

Selfless, generous and compassionate, their quiet contributions lie at the heart of all our communities. These unsung heroes help to strengthen our communities and generate positive impacts through their hard work. Volunteers lie at the heart of all our communities, and it is appropriate that their extraordinary contributions be fully recognized. The Caring Canadian Award is the only award for volunteerism given by the Governor General of Canada.

One of six Albertans receiving this award, Johnston is indeed one of our unsung heroes. A galvanizing force behind the preservation and promotion of the rich history of the Big Valley area, he’s strongly committed to volunteerism. His contributions involve many years and innumerable hours of effort on behalf of our fine village. We would like to thank him for all his hard work over the years. Thank you also to Shawn Smith of Camrose and the Canadian Northern Society for recognizing and nominating Allan for the award.

His Honour, Col. (Ret’d) the Hon. Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, will present Johnston with the award at a ceremony at Government House in Edmonton this coming Tuesday. We look forward to learning about all the details next week.

The Big Valley 4-H Beef Club held its awards night a few weeks ago. All guests were treated to a fantastic supper courtesy of the parents. The club was thrilled to see such a great turnout from their sponsors.

The 4-H members and leaders would like to pass on a huge thank-you to the following for their support: Alta Link; Safeway; UFA; the Bilben & Fahey families; Big Valley Royal Purple; Dick Duncan family; Trevor Kirtley; the Jack Webster family; Darcy & Teresa Greig; Anita and Sandy Davie; Lloyd & Sharon Duncan; UFA Petroleum; JACE Cattle Co.; David and Tammy Webster; the Stormoen Family; Big Valley Elks; Laisnez Farms; Blomquist Family; Lori’s Leather; Barbwire Custom Hats; Fine Line Locating; Wilkie Charloias; Bryce & Verna Mailer; the Big Valley Ag Society (for the use of the arena for meetings); Dylan and Stacey Benjamin for their guidance and support; FESS — Mike & Carly Fahey for the donation of a bale feeder; and last but not least, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire Big Valley community for their support over the year.

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