Laurie Maetche from Lacombe and a group of her music students help entertain those attending the annual Ponoka Agricultural Society’s volunteer and sponsor appreciation dinner at the Kinsmen Community Centre on Nov. 26. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Ponoka Ag Society recognizes those who make things possible

Volunteers and sponsors thanked at annual dinner

Without volunteers and sponsors, the Ponoka Agricultural Society couldn’t do what they do.

And that’s the reason behind the society’s annual appreciation dinner, held this year Nov. 26 at the Kinsmen Community Centre, attracting around 50 people for a catered dinner and some recognition.

Among those that were called to the podium to accept some words of praise and long-term service certificates were Marion Carter and Ken Pohl (five years), Janet Hatala (10 years) and Cec Dykstra (15 years).

There was one more — Kathleen McKelvie, who was honoured for her 20 years of being a part of the Ponoka Ag Society activities. She has been a big part of the annual agricultural fair hosted in the fall, but would rather have remained in the background.

“I started out because I felt that if one was able to help, they should,” she said, noting it helped that her kids were involved back then.

“I think it’s important that everyone knows where their food comes from and helping keep the agricultural fair going shows how important it should be to the community and especially our youth.”

McKelvie added that, while the entries at the fair now are over a wide variety of categories, it’s been great seeing the number of young people getting involved.

“The fair is a great thing for the entire community. It shows how great all agriculture is and how we need it,” she said.

The dinner, and the ag society as a whole, wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and commitment of the volunteers and the various sponsors the group has, especially Ponoka Family and Community Support Services — whose Canada 150 Volunteer and Youth grant partially paid for the event.

ponoka ag societyVolunteer appreciation

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Ponoka Agricultural Society board chair Dennis Ecklund presents a 10-year volunteer certificate to Janet Hatala, one of several long-term volunteer service awards handed out Nov. 26 at the annual volunteer and sponsor appreciation dinner at the Kinsmen Community Centre. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Just Posted

Homeschool play to take audience for a ride

Ponoka Thespians showcase a feud, a twist and a wedding

Bridges, Bobtail are county’s big projects in 2020

Paving and replacing pair of bridges are scheduled for the summer

Chamber receives update from Ponoka County

CAO speaks on items of interest over the past year

Patients to take hit as doctors’ deal killed

Cuts may force Ponoka clinic to make changes, makes recruiting harder

Province commits long term to 4-H in Alberta

10-year funding commitment will sustain re-structured 4-H organization

VIDEO: Minister says consider coronavirus outbreak when planning for spring break

Foreign Affairs minister points to rash of new cases appearing in places like Italy and Iran

Prepare for new coronavirus like an emergency, health minister advises

About 81,000 people around the world have now become ill with COVID-19

B.C. residents in Wet’suwet’en territory have right to police presence: Public Safety Minister

Nevertheless, Bill Blair said officials remain ‘very anxious’ for the barricades to come down

Winnipeg police investigating graffiti on RCMP and other buildings

Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen denounced the vandalism

Alberta government asks court to stay judge’s order regarding oilsands decision

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Barbara Romaine gave Alberta 10 days to make a decision on the Rigel projec

Alberta must juggle sluggish economy, big deficits, lost jobs in upcoming budget

Premier Jason Kenney won last spring’s election on a promise to boost jobs, grow the economy

Calgary father convicted in toddler’s death from staph infection granted parole

Court heard that John was never seen by a doctor until the day before he died in November 2013

Premier, health minister announces first phase of Red Deer Hospital expansion

Alberta government is committing $100 million to begin expansion

Most Read