Search is on for Albertans who make a difference in agriculture

The search is on for the cream of the crop - Alberta’s best - for the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame.

The search is on for the cream of the crop – Alberta’s best – for the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Nominations are now being accepted to honour individuals who have made significant contributions to Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food industry.

Every second year, Alberta’s Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes up to three Albertans who have shown outstanding leadership, innovation and best business practices that have advanced Alberta’s agriculture and food industry at the highest community, provincial, national or international level.

Since 1951, the hall has acknowledged those who have demonstrated innovative farming techniques, scientific accomplishments, created new value-added products and made other outstanding rural development contributions that have had a lasting, positive impact on agriculture.

There are currently 120 members of the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame – men and women who have dedicated their lives to agriculture and their rural communities. The 2010 inductees will be honoured in Edmonton in October at a celebration dinner.

More information and nomination forms can be found on Alberta Agriculture’s website at www.agriculture.alberta.ca/halloffame, or by calling 780-422-0492. Toll free, call 310-0000.

The deadline for nominations is May 10.

Alberta families welcome home adopted children from Haiti

Alberta families with adoption orders from the Haitian government for the children they are adopting have already started welcoming their children home.

A total of 24 children are expected to be united with their adoptive families in Alberta. The 21 families receiving the children have been involved in the adoption process for up to two years, waiting for their adoptions to be finalized in Haiti.

Children and Youth Services adoption staff have been in continuous contact with the parents from Alberta. They have been working quickly to provide the federal government with the confirmation needed to ensure that the children in the process of being adopted by families from Alberta are among the first to arrive in Canada from Haiti.

With assistance from Alberta Justice and Attorney General Alison Redford, a process is being put in place to ensure that the children who do not yet have adoption orders from Haiti have a legal guardian when they arrive in Alberta, until court orders finalizing the adoptions can be approved.

The Alberta government will ensure that the children will immediately be placed in the care of their adoptive families when they arrive in Alberta.

Athletes qualify for the 2010 Alberta Winter Games

Hundreds of young athletes from throughout Alberta have qualified to take part in the upcoming 2010 Alberta Winter Games.

The 2010 Alberta Winter Games, the province’s premier multi-sport event for youth, will take place at venues in the Town of Bonnyville, the Municipal District of Bonnyville, the City of Cold Lake and CFB 4 Wing Cold Lake from Feb. 4-7.

The games will involve approximately 2,300 athletes, coaches and technical officials participating in 24 different sporting events. Ranging from 11 to 17 years of age, these athletes qualified to attend the games through zone playoffs.

The games kick off with the opening ceremonies on Feb. 4. The next three days will be filled with exciting competition in events including alpine skiing, biathlon, figure skating, hockey and speed skating.

The Alberta Games take place every two years. The 2010 Alberta Summer Games take place in the Peace region from July 19-25. For more information, visit www.albertagames.com.

As the MLA for Drumheller-Stettler, I am always available to assist constituents. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Alberta Innovates, Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame nominations, Alberta Family adoption orders, the 2010 Alberta Winter Games or any other matter, please contact one of my constituency offices at Stettler 403-742-4284; Hanna 403-854-4333; Drumheller 403-823-8181; or in Edmonton at 780-427-2137. Also, please subscribe to my e-newsletter at http://hayden.mypcmla.ca/