Hard work was celebrated at the Sturgeon Proud Awards on Wednesday night (Apr.10).
 
Community members joined together at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre for dinner and an awards ceremony.
 
Awards were given out based on a level of contribution to the community through volunteer efforts or good practices.
 
"I was honoured to be here tonight," said Connor Van Brabant, a member of the Sturgeon Youth Council. "It's really nice to see all these volunteers together and hear about all the good things that they're doing."
 
The Youth Council was responsible for selecting and presenting the Community Building Blocks awards, which recognize community members for their contribution to developing the county's youth. They chose high school welding teacher Lucas Case and long-time 4-H leader Leona Petherbridge.
 
"It's quite an achievement because working with these kids, you see their achievements and the gleam in their eyes, as if they've achieved something for themselves," Petherbridge said in response to receiving the award.
 
Several farms in the area were also recognized for the Excellence in Agriculture Award. One of the farms nominated was North Bank Potato Farm Ltd.
 
"It feels good to be recognized for taking care of the land, being good stewards and forward thinking of growing crops in years to come," said Kevin Goutbeck, who runs the farm alongside his brother and cousin.
 
The county also celebrated 16 volunteers for their excellent service and four families for the 100 Years Farm Awards.
 
A full list of winners can be found below.
 
100 Year Farm Award:
Kieser Family
Victoor Family
Hebert Family
Meunier Family
 
Excellence in Agriculture:
Cheslen Dairy Ltd.
Groot Farms Ltd.
North Bank Potato Farm Ltd.
 
Building Blocks of the Community:
Lucas Case
Leona Petherbridge
 
Volunteers of the Year:
Janet Altmiks
Lee Anderson
Judy Baker
Charlene Biollo
Calvin Borle
Chad Brenneis
Robert Chapman
Bob Frey
Marion Friedrich
Lisa Fuhr
Mary Giguere
Laurie Low
Ken McGillis
Tom Soetaert
Terry Whitson
Rick Zadunayski

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