ROCKY VIEW COUNTY, AB – Canadian Angus Foundation award recipients were announced on Saturday, June 6th, at the Angus National Convention in Calgary, AB. just before the fourth annual Building the Legacy Sale. The 2015 Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador is Patrick Holland of Montague, Prince Edward Island. The Dick Turner Scholarship recipient is Allison Speller of Monte Lake, B.C. The Outstanding Young Angus Breeder is Michael Wheeler of Saskatoon, SK. The first Junior Angus Stockman of the Year is Tyler Dietrich of Forestburg, AB.
The Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador program selects one Canadian Junior Angus Association member to be an ambassador for the Canadian Angus Association at events across Canada and one international experience. Four other CJAA members competed for the award: Brooke Bablitz of Cherhill, AB; Raina Syrnick of Gilbert Plains, MB; Micheala Chalmers of Shanty Bay, ON and Katie Wright of Melfort, SK. All the juniors deserve recognition for their impressive efforts in the competition.
The Dick Turner Memorial Award was established after the passing of legendary Angus icon Dick Turner in July of 2010. During his lifetime, Dick committed 55 years of his career to livestock publishing and successfully promoted and advertised the Angus breed specifically through the Canadian Aberdeen Angus News magazine. It was Dick’s ability to foster relationships that led to his successful tenure. Dick was a hard worker and recognized the quality of life and relationships as the most rewarding part of his job.
The Outstanding Young Angus Breeder Award started in 2014. The award recognizes an Angus breeder between the ages of 22 and 30 who has demonstrated a desire to stay involved in the Angus business for years to come based on their involvement within the breed up to this point in his or her career. The award comes with a cash prize.
The Junior Angus Stockman of the Year Award is a new initiative of the Canadian Angus Foundation. This award was developed to recognize those outstanding young cattlemen who are constantly growing their ‘stockmanship’ capability by actively working with their Angus cattle. The first recipient, Tyler Dietrich, will receive his award at the National Junior Angus Showdown hosted in Olds, AB this July.
Congratulations to all of the Foundation award winners for 2015.
The Canadian Angus Foundation was incorporated in 1993 and is the charitable arm of the Canadian Angus Association.