Delegates

Delegates

As a member of UFA, you have a voice in your co-operative.

UFA delegates represent members across 42 geographical districts in Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan.

Delegates are elected by eligible voting members and act as the representative voice of the members they serve by participating in the annual general meeting, attending other important meetings throughout the year and electing directors to serve on the Board.

As UFA ambassadors, our delegates share important information with our members while providing key input and feedback to the UFA Board of Directors.

Matt Sawyer

Matt Sawyer

from: Acme

Airdrie

Southern Alberta

Matt Sawyer

Matt Sawyer

from: Acme

Airdrie

Southern Alberta

I'm a fourth-generation farmer from Acme, Alberta. I graduated from the Ag Production program at Olds College in 1993. I've been very involved with ag politics, serving as a delegate, director and chairman for the Alberta Barley Commission (I was chairman for five years) and a vice-president of the Grain Growers of Canada. I am currently a director of the Alberta Grains Council. My wife and I have three children who all help out on the farm and are involved in the 4-H Beef Club. I've also been active in my community, coaching junior-high boys' volleyball for three years.

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David Salé

David Salé

from: Athabasca

Athabasca

Northern Alberta

David Salé

David Salé

from: Athabasca

Athabasca

Northern Alberta

I'm involved in mixed farm consisting of cow, calf, feeder operation, canola, coarse grains and export hay. I am also a member of French Creek Beef Club and Grain Club.

I became your delegate after discovering that UFA offered further opportunities to become involved beyond customer experience.

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Curtis Harbinson

from: Brooks

Brooks

Southern Alberta

Curtis Harbinson

from: Brooks

Brooks

Southern Alberta

Married with four children, my wife Heather and I both come from farming and ranching families in the rural Brooks area. I continued my studies in Agricultural Mechanics at Olds College (1983-85). Following college, I worked as a mechanic, prior to entering the oil patch where I've been involved for over 33 years in various roles. I am currently Sales Manager for Great North Equipment.

I have been farming and ranching, run a 300 head cow/calf operation as well as working with our family farms; Harbinson/Giles Ranches. My wife and I remain very active in the community.

Having lived in the community basically all my life, I understand it and am willing to listen and hopefully make a difference that will help grow UFA.

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Pauline Hjalte

Pauline Hjalte

from: Calgary

Calgary

Southern Alberta

Pauline Hjalte

Pauline Hjalte

from: Calgary

Calgary

Southern Alberta

I graduated from Mount Royal University Bissett School of Business in 2010 with and Applied Degree in Non-profit Studies. Growing up in Springbank Alberta, I was involved with my local 4-H clubs, first as a member and later as a volunteer leader, from 1997-2005. 4-H turned into a wonderful career opportunity for me when I joined the 4-H Foundation again from 2013-2015 as a Communications Coordinator. Suring my time with 4-H Alberta I often worked closely with UFA, a Legacy Builder Sponsor of the program. Given this, I am quite familiar with UFA’s community investment objectives and it long-standing partnership with the 4-H Alberta organization. In particular, I assisted with coordinating the 4-H Alberta UFA Alumni Service Award program.

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Brent Christensen

Brent Christensen

from: Holden

Camrose

Central Alberta

Brent Christensen

Brent Christensen

from: Holden

Camrose

Central Alberta

Born and raised on the farm we currently operate. I attended Olds College taking Agricultural Engineering Technology. With the exception of 2 jobs my whole employment history has been in agriculture. I have worked for feed and grain handling manufactures, farm dealerships in parts, grain elevator as assistant manager, farm store and building manufactures and penning cattle at the local auction market. For the past 17 years my wife and I have operated a mixed farm. We grain farm 650 acres and up until January of 2012 ran a 40 head cow/calf operation.

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Sydney Gray

Sydney Gray

from: Claresholm

Claresholm

Southern Alberta

Sydney Gray

Sydney Gray

from: Claresholm

Claresholm

Southern Alberta

My family and I currently ranch in the Foothills area west of Claresholm. My wife Sheila and I have five children. I was a 4-H leader for 10 years, have been heavily involved with the Anglican Church and am currently president of the Claresholm Fair Board. I feel that strong, viable businesses like the UFA Petroleum Agency and the Farm & Ranch Supply store keep our small community strong for families. With my community spirit and volunteer experience, I can help keep UFA viable in rural communities for years to come.

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Charles Martin

Charles Martin

from:

Drayton Valley

Southern Alberta

Charles Martin

Charles Martin

from:

Drayton Valley

Southern Alberta

I was raised on a mixed farm operation in the Drayton Valley area and after graduating from high school, I worked drilling rigs for a few years. I was employed with sour natural gas plants for over 40 years and hold a second class steam ticket. I decided to move home, purchasing the family farm that has continued to grow into a hay and grain operation. I’ve also served on boards related to agriculture including REA, Gas Co-op, Ag Service Board and Seed Cleaning boards both local and provincial.

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Darcy Jensen

Darcy Jensen

from: Drumheller

Drumheller

Southern Alberta

Darcy Jensen

Darcy Jensen

from: Drumheller

Drumheller

Southern Alberta

I currently own and operate a 2600 acre grain farm. I am the third generation on our farm.

I became your delegate because I wanted to represent UFA members and also further my understandings of co-operatives.

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Christine Lentz

Christine Lentz

from: Whitelaw

Fairview

Peace Country

Christine Lentz

Christine Lentz

from: Whitelaw

Fairview

Peace Country

My husband and I have a mixed farm in the Whitelaw area. I have been a board member on an ARECA organization, an Ag Society and am currently a board member for our local Recreation Society. I am also a member of the local Ladies Aid Society. While our children were in 4-H, I was an active parent volunteer, as well as being an assistant leader.

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Denis Guindon

Denis Guindon

from: Peace Country

Falher

Northern Alberta

Denis Guindon

Denis Guindon

from: Peace Country

Falher

Northern Alberta

Born and raised in the Peace Country in the Falher area on a farm near town, I have always had a passion for farming. I farmed with my dad until he retired in 1996 and went on to work as a parts person in a Ford dealership for 15 years.  I missed farming so when the opportunity came up I purchased my uncle's farm and have been farming for 12 years. 

As a delegate I am willing to learn new things and give back to the UFA in my area. I am currently serving on the Alberta Canola/Canola Grower's Association (CCGA) board and with FFC, a society which aids people with disabilities.

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Lydia Hittinger

Lydia Hittinger

from: Sturgeon County

Fort Saskatchewan

Northern Alberta

Lydia Hittinger

Lydia Hittinger

from: Sturgeon County

Fort Saskatchewan

Northern Alberta

I was born and raised on a farm in the Bon Accord area. My husband and I began our own farm in 1977. I am the mother of two boys. I began working for Alberta Hail & Crop Insurance (now AFSC) in 1989. Agriculture has been my life!

As my "day job" as an administrative assistant with AFSC is easing up somewhat, I am looking for something to keep me active in agriculture, outside of the home. I feel I have a wealth of knowledge to share, yet much to learn as well.

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Larry Holthe

Larry Holthe

from: Bonanza

Fort St. John

British Columbia

Larry Holthe

Larry Holthe

from: Bonanza

Fort St. John

British Columbia

I homesteaded my land in 1963, and have remained a fulltime rancher ever since. I have harvested grain and grasseeds in the past, but now concentrate on cattle and hay operations. I have been involved in the County of Saddle Lake Ag Service Board, 4-H and am currently the chairman of the Central Peace Natural gas Co-op.

I became your delegate because UFA is a co-operative and member participation is important, so I felt that I could contribute in some way, and also do my best to represent UFA members in the north.

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Nico Van Der Giessen

Nico Van Der Giessen

from: Bezanson

Grande Prairie East

Peace Country

Nico Van Der Giessen

Nico Van Der Giessen

from: Bezanson

Grande Prairie East

Peace Country

For the last 25 years of my career, I was in management positions requiring immediate and long term assessments, solutions and planning. Adaption to the working nature of agriculture requires that ideas and concerns must be effectively passed up and down the communication channels of organizations. 

With 35 years of farming experience, as a delegate, I feel I can help in this endeavour. 

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Loren Damer

Loren Damer

from: Spirit River

Grande Prairie West

Peace Country

Loren Damer

Loren Damer

from: Spirit River

Grande Prairie West

Peace Country

I have been working in the oil and gas industry for 25 years, for the last 6 years, I have been in a lead role and have had several operators working under me. I am in the position to make several decisions as far as budget costs, repairs, maintenance and personnel that need to be done for the Paramount Mirage area. I have been a member of Spirit River Legion Branch 72 for 20 plus years.

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Gerrit Monster

Gerrit Monster

from: Grimshaw

Grimshaw

Peace Country

Gerrit Monster

Gerrit Monster

from: Grimshaw

Grimshaw

Peace Country

I am currently farming in the Grimshaw area with my wife and four children.  I have a diverse agriculture background, having owned a hog operation, beef farm and dairy farm.  My family and I moved back to the Grimshaw area in 2011 to start our grain farm.  Currently I am Vice President of NPARA (research farm in Manning) and volunteer at Alberta Pond Hockey.

Being a famer and having run different operations, I feel I have a good understanding of what customers would like to see from their local UFA. 

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Glenn Groeneveld

Glenn Groeneveld

from: Blackie

High River

Southern Alberta

Glenn Groeneveld

Glenn Groeneveld

from: Blackie

High River

Southern Alberta

I was born and raised on the family farm north of Blackie. I started farming on my own in 1986 and now operate a mixed farm of 1,600 acres crop land and 50 Angus cross cows. Being involved in agriculture all my life, I believe I have an understanding of what farmers and ranchers need for their operations. I am looking for new challenges in my life and to meet new people.

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KINDERSLEY - VACANT

from:

Kindersley

Saskatchewan

KINDERSLEY - VACANT

from:

Kindersley

Saskatchewan

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Ernie Dyck

Ernie Dyck

from: La Crete

La Crete

Peace Country

Ernie Dyck

Ernie Dyck

from: La Crete

La Crete

Peace Country

I grew up on a farm a few miles from La Crete. When I was 18 I left the farm for "greener opportunities", but it didn't take long to figure out that I was a farmer. In my time off the farm, I worked in numerous fields including concrete, gravel, commercial and residential construction, and forestry. When I started farming on my own in 2006 I was still working off-farm in construction until 2013. Two years later we went into pedigreed seed production and are going full steam with that, growing every year.

As your delegate, I like to think outside the box to solve problems and enjoy a challenge. 

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Donald Sendziak

Donald Sendziak

from: Edmonton

Leduc

Southern Alberta

Donald Sendziak

Donald Sendziak

from: Edmonton

Leduc

Southern Alberta

I am a full-time farmer, specializing in production of cereal crop pedigree seed and commercial canola oilseed. I've been involved with the farming industry for the past 55 years, and I have over 40 years' experience with the oil industry. I have been a past delegate and director with the Alberta Wheat Pool, United Grain Growers and Agricore United. I am currently the president of the Alberta Seed Growers Association and president of the Friends of St. Basils Society. I've been in a leadership role in many organizations, and feel that my communication skills and ability to listen will lead to being a strong UFA delegate for many years to come. 

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Mark Sayers

Mark Sayers

from: Lethbridge

Lethbridge

Southern Alberta

Mark Sayers

Mark Sayers

from: Lethbridge

Lethbridge

Southern Alberta

We have been heavily involved with the Alberta 4-H program for the past 18 years and with the Coaldale Ag Society for eight years. We raised a small flock of sheep and now have a herd of mixed bred cattle.

I have always been impressed with the quality of UFA and its employees. Their customer service and farm store atmosphere makes you feel like part of the family. When I had the opportunity to become a delegate, I jumped at the chance to say YES!

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Rebecca King

Rebecca King

from: Kitscoty

Lloydminster

Central Alberta

Rebecca King

Rebecca King

from: Kitscoty

Lloydminster

Central Alberta

My name is Rebecca King, mother of three daughters. I am the sole owner/ operator of a grain farm near Kitscoty, AB. I also hold a degree as an educational assistant and am a partner/employee for F’Laura and Company Greenhouse.

My co-operative experience comes primarily from being a member and my late husband’s involvement as past delegate. My community involvement includes member of Kitscoty Minor hockey, Kitscoty Minor ball treasurer/secretary, Kitscoty Hall Board grievance leader, Friends of Music secretary/treasurer and Paradise Valley United Church past Sunday school superintendent and teacher. In the past I have sat on many other boards and held numerous positions. As a child I was a member of the Paradise Valley 4-H multi club for 7 years. I have also worked as a DRO for many past provincial elections.

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Tom Thompson

Tom Thompson

from: Mayerthorpe

Mayerthorpe

Northern Alberta

Tom Thompson

Tom Thompson

from: Mayerthorpe

Mayerthorpe

Northern Alberta

Attended Olds College and studied mechanics. I have been operating a farm for 27 years.

I want to be able to address some of the concerns of people and help to promote UFA.

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Frank Crooks

Frank Crooks

from: Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat

Southern Alberta

Frank Crooks

Frank Crooks

from: Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat

Southern Alberta

I was born in Calgary, Alberta and grew up in a family with an extensive agricultural background. As a teenager, I worked in the summers for various neighbours in the Turner Valley area doing odd jobs and helping with hay production. Following graduation from Olds College with a diploma in Animal Sciences, I worked for a large feedlot and farming operation for several years. After my marriage, we moved to the Champion area to farm with family in a mixed agricultural operation. Indeed, we were the first farm in the area to install an irrigation system. Several years later, I decided to pursue my life-long love of horses and I returned to Olds College to obtain a certificate in Farrier Science. Since 1980, I have operated Circle C Farrier Service throughout southern Alberta. In 2005, I purchased a quarter section of irrigated farmland south of Medicine Hat, where my wife and I raise Arabian horses and grow forage. I also continue to engage in farrier work. 

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OLDS - VACANT

from: Didsbury

Olds

Central Alberta

OLDS - VACANT

from: Didsbury

Olds

Central Alberta

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OYEN - VACANT

from:

Oyen

Southern Alberta

OYEN - VACANT

from:

Oyen

Southern Alberta

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John Vallieres

John Vallieres

from: Fort Macleod

Pincher Creek

Southern Alberta

John Vallieres

John Vallieres

from: Fort Macleod

Pincher Creek

Southern Alberta

I was born and raised on the family farm in the Fort Macleod area. I graduated from Lethbridge Community College in 1987, and in 1989 I started farming full-time. I married my wife Linda in 1995, and we have two children and three step-children. In 2007, we decided to focus fully on livestock, so we now rent out the cultivated land and run 160 head of cows and 100 head of sheep. I have been a volunteer at the Fort McLeod Fire department, which was the most rewarding volunteer position that I have ever been a part of. I'm a people person and I like to do the best at everything I take on. My willingness to make a difference and be a good listener are what make me a strong UFA delegate.

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Allen Leighton

Allen Leighton

from: Ponoka

Ponoka

Central Alberta

Allen Leighton

Allen Leighton

from: Ponoka

Ponoka

Central Alberta

Together with my wife Isabel, we operate a mixed farm (cow calf and backgrounding, sheep/lamb finish lambs, grain, hay). I have more than 30 years of experience and a diploma in Agronomy. I do a significant amount of general construction and have taken many courses over time involving agriculture and construction. I have been heavily involved in minor hockey and have successfully coached badminton in local schools for many years. I spent 12 years on the board of the Ponoka Co-op, and if there is a co-op way of doing something, that is my greatly preferred method of doing it. If it is possible to direct my business to a Co-op/ Credit Union I go to great pains to do so.

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PROVOST - VACANT

from:

Provost

Southern Alberta

PROVOST - VACANT

from:

Provost

Southern Alberta

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Wendy Glover

Wendy Glover

from: Red Deer

Red Deer

Central Alberta

Wendy Glover

Wendy Glover

from: Red Deer

Red Deer

Central Alberta

I grew up in the Lousana area and currently live in Red Deer County on a small cattle/hay farm with my husband Rob.  Rob and I also own a small business which I have operated as a COR Auditor/Health & Safety Consultant for the past eight years. I graduated from SAIT with a Chemical Technology Diploma and have worked in the oil and gas industry for the past 25 years.  I coached ringette for ten years, served on the Red Deer Ringette Association Board for eight years and held a variety of positions from secretary to president, in addition to coaching for 10 years. 
 

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Roland Grutterink

Roland Grutterink

from: Rimbey

Rocky Mountain House

Central Alberta

Roland Grutterink

Roland Grutterink

from: Rimbey

Rocky Mountain House

Central Alberta

I currently run a cow and calf farm in south Rimbey. 

I became your delegate because I believe in co-operative's values, and I have a great deal of respect and passion for UFA. I like to be able to speak on behalf of members concerns. 

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Ken Wagner

Ken Wagner

from: Duffield

Spruce Grove

Central Alberta

Ken Wagner

Ken Wagner

from: Duffield

Spruce Grove

Central Alberta

My name is Ken Wagner and I have lived and farmed in the Keephills area all my life. My wife, Cathy, and I have been married for 32 years and we have two married children, both living in Edmonton. I am the third generation to farm the land that my grandfather homesteaded in 1905. After graduating from high school in Stony Plain, I joined my brother Albert on the farm as well as working full time off the farm for the next 14 years. We ran a mixed farm of cattle and grain, at one point running a herd of 250 cows. After BSE hit the Alberta cattle industry, we made the move to grain farm and sold off all the cows. In 1989 we became the first in the area to start to direct seed. Today we farm 5000 acres of peas, canola, wheat and barley. For the past 40 years and more we have bought all of our fuel from the UFA as well as a significant amount of our crop inputs. For the last four years, I have served as a delegate on the Alberta Barley Commission.

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John Wozniak Jr

John Wozniak Jr

from: St. Paul

St. Paul

Northern Alberta

John Wozniak Jr

John Wozniak Jr

from: St. Paul

St. Paul

Northern Alberta

I started farming in 1983 when I purchased my grandfather's farm. I married my wife Ui on September 3, 1994 and have 4 loving children: Ashley Dawn, Ryley Brandon, Corey Alex and Dimitri John. I also have a son Bailey Mike from a previous marriage. I worked off-farm for 18 years, 7 years for Alberta Hall & Crops Ins, now AFSC; then for Alberta Wheat Pool, Agricore and Agricore United for 5 years through merger and acquisitions; 4 years for an Independent Agri Retailer and 2 years with UFA in sales/agronomics.

Today I farm with my wife, children and brother - with over 4,000-grain acres, 250 cows and 1600 of hay/pasture acres. I enjoy watching my boys play hockey in the winter, fishing, and summer camping with the family.

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Guy Neitz

Guy Neitz

from: Stettler

Stettler

Central Alberta

Guy Neitz

Guy Neitz

from: Stettler

Stettler

Central Alberta

I was born and raised on the family farm west of Erskine. My wife and three children currently have a mixed farm consisting of 250 head of cattle and 1,000 acres of crop. I have a post-secondary education in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture Economics. I currently sit as a director for the Drumheller/Stettler Wildrose Constituency Association. I am currently the offensive coordinator of the Stettler Wildcats High School Football team, a basketball referee and a long-time member of the Stettler Agricultural Society. In 22 years of coaching football, I have developed strong relationships and contacts with many families throughout the Stettler area, and I hope to bring my strong economic, communication and leadership experience to my role as a UFA delegate. 

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Joseph Van Bavel

Joseph Van Bavel

from: Strathmore

Strathmore

Southern Alberta

Joseph Van Bavel

Joseph Van Bavel

from: Strathmore

Strathmore

Southern Alberta

I live outside of Strathmore with my wife and three children, and farm 1,000 acres of irrigated and dry-land hay with my parents. I graduated from Olds College in 1998 with a major in Agricultural Business and Entrepreneurship.

I became your delegate because I feel that I can represent UFA members by being accountable and open to discussion. I have some knowledge of different aspects of agriculture and cattle and I understand what the young generations of farmers face and need, while also respecting the established members. I also want to be a part of UFA and strive to help it grow so that it is something my children and their children can be a part of in the future. I want to look at ways to recruit new members while keeping a strong connection with the existing members.

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Larry Caswell

Larry Caswell

from: Swift Current

Swift Current

Saskatchewan

Larry Caswell

Larry Caswell

from: Swift Current

Swift Current

Saskatchewan

I am currently farming my grandfather's homestead as a third-generation farmer with a plan to bring my youngest daughter and her husband into the operation as a fourth generation. I have been operating a mixed farm since 1974. 

As a long term farmer who has hopes to pass the operation down yet another generation, I have a vested interest in as wide a field of service providers as possible and co-ops offer flexibility and community responsiveness. I like to understand the inner workings of complex organizations and I would hope to gain this insight while offering some service and knowledge to UFA. I do like to work in group settings towards a common good or goal. 

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Leroy Holthe

Leroy Holthe

from: Taber

Taber

Southern Alberta

Leroy Holthe

Leroy Holthe

from: Taber

Taber

Southern Alberta

I'm the owner/operator of a half-section of irrigated farmland in the Taber area. I have a mixed operation with row crop, grain and livestock. I have 25 years of experience in the oilfield, where I started as a labourer and finished as an oil battery polymer plant manager. I was also a farm equipment salesman for three years, and this is when I realized I loved dealing with people. I believe if you deal with people openly and honestly, you earn their support. I developed a sense of pride for UFA after finishing high school, when I worked for the Farm Development Division. I feel my skills and experience make me a good representative for UFA and for the members in my district.

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Norene Page

Norene Page

from: Three Hills

Trochu

Southern Alberta

Norene Page

Norene Page

from: Three Hills

Trochu

Southern Alberta

Positive rural lifestyle values were instilled at a young age as I grew up on a small mixed farm northwest of Trochu. For over 40 years my husband and I have had the pleasure of being the UFA petroleum Agents in Three Hills and Trochu. Raising our two children and running a successful business gave us much pride. Serving our valued customers in Kneehill County and surrounding area has been an honor and created lifelong friendships. We reside on a quarter section southwest of Three Hills, and recently made the tough decision to retire as the petroleum agents, hoping to spend more time with family and friends.

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Lance Giebelhaus

Lance Giebelhaus

from: Vegreville

Two Hills

Central Alberta

Lance Giebelhaus

Lance Giebelhaus

from: Vegreville

Two Hills

Central Alberta

I am a 5th generation farmer on our family farm south of Vegreville, we currently farm 1800 acres of cropland.  I also attended SAIT and Lakeland College, and am currently farming and operating my own mechanic business.  I am an active member of our local Ag Society, Beaver County Seed Plant Co-op, Salem United Church and the UFA Co-operative Leadership Council (CLC).  My wife and I, along with our children, also volunteer around the community throughout the year. 

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VERMILION - VACANT

from:

Vermilion

Central Alberta

VERMILION - VACANT

from:

Vermilion

Central Alberta

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Noel Flitton

Noel Flitton

from:

Vulcan

Southern Alberta

Noel Flitton

Noel Flitton

from:

Vulcan

Southern Alberta

I farm 12,000 acres with my father and brother near Vulcan, which I've done since I returned to the farm in 2000. I'm a member of the Champion Lions Club, on the board of the Champion Congregational Church and an advisor to the Alberta Pulse Growers Commission. 

I'd like to represent UFA members in my community because I believe community involvement is important. I enjoy public speaking and have no problem voicing my opinion in a public forum.

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Kerry Degenhardt

Kerry Degenhardt

from: Hughenden

Wainwright

East-Central Alberta

Kerry Degenhardt

Kerry Degenhardt

from: Hughenden

Wainwright

East-Central Alberta

I am a seed and angus beef producer, as well as being a former delegate for the Provost region. I am a member of several co-ops and believe strongly in giving them my patronage. As well, I am a former employee of a local seed cleaning co-op and on in the process of building my own seed cleaning plan.

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Lonnie Brown

Lonnie Brown

from: Westlock

Westlock

Central Alberta

Lonnie Brown

Lonnie Brown

from: Westlock

Westlock

Central Alberta

For the past 30 years, my wife and I have run a mixed farming operation north of Westlock. We have been UFA supporters and long-time members since we started farming. I currently sit on the board of the new generation Co-op Westlock Terminals. With my vast experience, it has allowed me to be an integral part of many boards within the Westlock area. I run a very successful farming operation and want UFA to succeed as a viable option for the rural landscape for many years to come. 

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