Member Spotlights

Welcome to our Member Spotlight Page. This special feature showcases GPVSB’s most valuable assets– our members! Spotlighting members from across the GPVSB spectrum. Our revamped Member Spotlight reflects the rich tapestry of our membership and Highlights information about our outstanding members.   For a complete list of current GPVSB Members click HERE.   Not a Member - join GPVSB today! Click here! for membership information.

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Bezanson Agricultural Society

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Mission Statement: To promote ownership in our community by encouraging community spirit and providing community activities.

Vision Statement: To will cultivate community spirit and well-being by providing facilities and recreational, educational, and community events within our rural area.

Incorporated in 1981, the Bezanson Agricultural Society’s purpose is to enhance the community. The Society’s facilities have been the centre of activities in Bezanson and surrounding area, which includes County of Grande Prairie No. 1, City of Grande Prairie, M.D. of Greenview, Wembley, and Sexsmith. In 2018 the existing hall was revitalized into a multi-use community centre now known as the Bezanson Community Centre. Bezanson Agricultural Society (BAS) Executive Director Audrey Hewings says the recent renovation, “includes an expanded/upgraded banquet space; gymnasium for sports, fitness and wellness activities; also, recreational, agricultural & education opportunities. This gym is a regulation size basketball court and can accommodate two volleyball courts or 3 badminton courts.” She adds, “The addition of a second commercial kitchen has enabled the centre to host and cater numerous functions & events. The Centre accommodates all local and the surrounding area groups hosting events, developing projects and providing essential community initiatives, the centre has the Knelsen Centre and Memorial Hall available for rental.”

The Ag. Society also operates and maintains the curling rink, ball diamonds, outdoor horse arena, and heritage of Bezanson and the Old Bezanson Townsite. The Community Centre is used for weddings, funerals, meetings, fundraisers, fitness programs, recreational and educational programs and the Ag Society hosts an annual ball tournament, horse events, children/youth soccer & softball programs, a variety of camps, Farm Safety, family activities, dances, the Bezanson Market, craft sales, and cross-country running, 4H, Parents & Tots and the Bezanson Recreational Society are housed in the Centre, which is also utilized by the local school for programs and initiatives. The centre encourages social and family interaction has weekly programs available for all ages, from toddlers to seniors.  

The Bezanson Community is a vibrant strong community due to its strong volunteerism. Without the volume of volunteers within the Ag Society and the community, the number of quality programs, activities and facility maintenance could not be achieved. BAS also works closely with other organizations within the community sharing ideas, volunteers and partnering together for the success of this community. Audrey says “A call out for volunteers for the many opportunities goes out through social media.  Many of the programs being offered are a result of volunteers approaching the Ag Society and offering their services.  Once a year, BAS along with its many partners, hosts a community information night that promotes opportunities within the community and area and volunteers have the chance to sign up in their areas of passion.”

Please note that due to COVID-19 ALL PROGRAMS AND EVENTS taking place at the Bezanson Community Centre have been suspended until further notice. This includes all Drop-In Programs, the Bezanson Market, all children’s and seniors’ programs, our Denim & Diamond fundraiser, our fitness classes and all rentals.

For more information on the Bezanson Agricultural Society call 780-538-3544 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also visit them online at discoverbezanson.ca and follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/bezansonagsociety. The GPVSB would like to thank the Bezanson Agricultural Society and Executive Director Audrey Hewings for being part of our Member Spotlight.

Kakwa Toastmasters Club #3068

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Mission Statement: The mission of a Toastmaster Club is to provide a supportive and positive learning environment in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Kakwa Toastmasters Members (Photo provided by Kakwa Toastmaster Club #3068)For many speaking in front of a room of people can be a daunting task, but with practice some can build their confidence and the skill to become a great public speaker.  To help residents in Grande Prairie and area they can join the Kakwa Toastmasters Club #3068.  Part of Toastmasters International, the local club has been helping past, present and future members improve their leadership and communication skills for over forty years in our community.

Club President Warren Miller says, “The Toastmasters program helps individuals overcome a fear of speaking; organize their thoughts; prepare and present their message; open presentations with engaging comments; recognize the needs of an audience.” The organization holds 40 meetings during the year. Lead by fellow members the group practices speaking on topics without preparation during a Q&A period called Table Topics, they also prepare & present speeches to the group and receive constructive feedback on how to improve their skills.  Members can take an online program called Pathways, that is designed to develop communication and leadership skills to help them and other members succeed. Warren states, “local Toastmasters have moderated panels and acted as Master of Ceremonies for a non-profit events with skills they learned through Toastmasters.”

Those interested in joining Kakwa Toastmaster can attend a meeting as a guest and become a member by filling out an application and paying club dues .For more information about Kakwa Toastmasters call 780-882-4188 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit them online at 3068.toastmastersclubs.org and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/3068.toastmastersclubs/.   

The GPVSB would like to thank Kakwa Toastmasters Club #3068 and their President Warren Miller for being part of our Member Spotlight.

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