All the above named awards are presented at the banquet following the Annual General Meeting during the Green Industry Trade Show each November. All AGGA members are welcome and encouraged to provide nominations. If you would like to nominate an individual for any of these awards, please contact any Director listed on the Board of Directors page. Deadline for nominations is October 31 of each year.
You can read about and see some photos from the 2006 Awards.
"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance" Farmers Almanac 2001
Nominations are accepted each year for the AGGA Scholarship Draw for secondary school students. Typically this award is in the amount of $500.00, and is awarded at the Annual Meeting in November. All nominations are checked for eligibility and once confirmed, are placed in a hat, and a name is drawn. Recently we have been able to award 2 scholarships each year, as our Foundation, which funds the scholarship, has earned enough interest in 1 year to do so.
- Parent must be a member of AGGA
- Membership dues must be paid in full by October 31
- A name is eligible only once - previous winners may NOT apply again, but parents may nominate a different child
- Letter of introduction required to include: field of study and name of institution attended.
- Although the field of study is immaterial in regards to eligibility, we still like to know what we are funding.
- Deadline October 31 of each year
What you need to do to apply:
In the year 2000, the AGGA awarded 2 Scholarships of $500.00, one to Leanna Prins, daughter of Ron & Tena Prins of TR Greenhouse in Lacombe. The other scholarship was awarded to Theresa Vis, daughter of Andy & Alice Vis, of Sunshine Greenhouse in Red Cliff. The ironic thing about these two are that they are both attending the same College, (Dordt College) in Iowa, USA!
In 2001, 2 scholarships of $500.00 each were given to Danny Howard, son of Jim Howard of Green Island Gardens in Fairview, and to Martin Vlugt, son of Bert Vander Vlugt of Aspen Greenhouses in Blackfalds.
In 2002, 2 scholarships of $500.00 each were awarded to Dirk Vis from Vis Greenhouses and Michelle Stigter of Stigter Greenhouses.
In 2003, one scholarship of $500.00 was awarded to Heather Zaleschuk, daughter of Larry Zaleschuk of Blue Sky Gardens in Carseland.
In 2004, 2 scholarships of $500.00 each were awarded to Matthew Thiel, son of Horst Thiel of Thiel's Greenhouse in Bruderheim, and to Liam Taylor, son of Bev Taylor of Summerset Greenhouses Ltd. in Thorhild.
In 2005, one scholarship of $500.00 was awarded to Elly Doef, daughter of Helen and Joe Doef of Doef's Greenhouses Ltd. in Lacombe.
In 2006, 2 scholarships of $500.00 each were awarded to Jeffery Pancoast, son of David Pancoast of Chinook Greenhouse (1990) Ltd. in Medicine Hat and to Meghan Taylor, daughter of Bev Taylor of Summerset Greenhouses Ltd. in Thorhild.
In 2007, 3 scholarships of $500.00 were awarded to Brad Fisher, son of Terry Fisher of Sunwest Greenhouses in Redcliff, Danja Verheul, daughter of Michiel Verheul of High Q Greenhouses in Morinville and Amanda Stigter,
daughter of Harry Stigter of Stigters Greenhouses in Redcliff.
In 2008, one scholarship of $500.00 was awarded to Carson Pancoast, son of David Pancoast of Chinook Greenhouses (1990) Ltd. in Medicine Hat.
In 2009, 2 scholarships of $500.00 each were awarded to Rebecca Bouw, daughter of John Bouw of Dentoom's Greenhouses in Red Deer and Darrell de Jonge son of Paul de Jonge of Broxburn Vegetables in Lethbridge.
In 2010, 2 scholarships of $500.00 each were awarded to Stacey Bos and Steffen Bos, daughter and son of Dick Bos of Majestic Growers Ltd. of Redcliff.
In 2011, 2 scholarships of $500.00 each were awarded to Christopher Rasimas and Stephen Rasimas sons of Ben & Mary Rasimas of BMR Greenhouses & Water Gardens in Beaumont.
In 2012, 2 scholarships of $500.00 each were awarded to Kendra Verheul, daughter of Michiel Verheul of High Q Greenhouses in Morinville and Rita Baumann daughter of Susi Baumann of Baumann's Flower House in Thorsby.
HERB KNODEL AWARD
The Herb Knodel Award is named for a Grower in the Medicine Hat area who began lobbying for greenhouse issues in the 1940's. He devoted a great deal of time and effort to have greenhouse needs considered whenever agriculture issues were being discussed. The Herb Knodel Award for years of outstanding service to the Alberta Greenhouse Industry is presented to a grower who has made a major contribution to the Industry. Sadly, Herb Knodel passed away in November 2000.
Past Winners of this Award include:
1983 - Herb Knodel
1984 - Tyler Family
1985 - Haddock Family
1990 - Ken Pedersen
1992 - Abe den Ouden
1995 - Harry Dentoom
1998 - Tom Krahn
1999 - Abe Van der Breggen
2004 - John Judge
2006 - John Bouw
2007 - Annalotte & Rudi Thiel
2008 - Berta Briggs
2009 - Bill Van Otterloo
2010 - Lynnette Westfall
2011 - Joe Doef
2012 - The Good Family
MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
The Meritorious Service Award for excellent contribution, service and dedication to the Alberta Greenhouse Industry is presented to individuals who are not growers but who have contributed to the Industry, primarily in the area of research.
Past Winners of this Award include:
Judith A. Butt
Dr. Edgar W. Toop
Dr. John Wiebe
Dr. Mirza Mohyuddin
2000 - Dr. Ken Fry
2001 - Dr. James Calpas
2002 - Dr. Mirza Mohyuddin
2003 - Denis Patry
2004 - Nabi Chaudhary
2008 - Allan Nielsen
2009 - Alfred Van Dam
2010 - Nicholas A. Savidov
2011 - Hans Johansen
2012 - Patricia Cote
GROWER OF THE YEAR
Chosen by their peers to recognize a grower member for their innovation, enterprise, hard work and accomplishments in the field of greenhouse production and retail.
2006 - Michael Verheul, High Q Greenhouses & Ron Prins, TR Greenhouse Ltd.
2007 - Albert Cramer and Cathy Knoblauch
2008 - Tam Andersen, Prairie Gardens & Greenhouses
2009 - Alissa & Jim Marles, Morinville Greenhouses
2010 - Lois Robocon, Birch Meadow Greenhouses
2011 - Jeff Stigter, JAMCO Growers Ltd.
2012 - John Clement, Arch Greenhouses