Scholarship Draw

Herb Knodel Award

Meritorious Service Award

Grower of the Year

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 15 of each year.

Scholarship Draws offered by AGGASCHOLARSHIP DRAW

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance" Farmers Almanac 2001

Nominations are accepted each year for the Dr. MIRZA EDUCATIONAL 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.

Criterion:

  • 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 15 of each year

What you need to do to apply:

Complete the application form and submit the required documents. The parent(s) of the student must be members in 'good standing' of the AGGA at the time of the draw. Mail, fax or email your application to the contact listed on our Board of Directors list or the AGGA office.  The application form is in pdf format and can be downloaded clicking here.

Previously Awarded:

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.

In 2015, 2 scholarships were awarded to Lotte de Herdt and Tracy Maier.

In 2016-2017 scholarships were awarded to Tanya Schriemer, Daughter of Trevor and Hendrina Schriemer of Precision Produce and to Janelle Kraushaar, Daughter of Judy and Cory Kraushaar of Moosebay Greenhouses.

In 2017-2018 scholarships were awarded to Dominique Drouin-Moreland, Daughter of Tim Moreland of Aspen Ridge Greenhouse and to Quinn Waterfield, Son of Laura Waterfield of F’Laura n’ Company Greenhouse.

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.  Deadline for nominations is October 15 each year.

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
2000 -
2001 -
2002 -
2003 -
2004 - John Judge
2005 -
2006 - John Bouw
2007 - Annalotte & Rudi Thiel
2008 - Berta Briggs
2009 - Bill Van Otterloo
2010 - Lynnette Westfall
2011 - Joe Doef
2012 - Good Family
2013 -
2014 - Doef Family
2015 - Lyle Aleman
2016 - Paul DeJonge
2017 - James McIvor

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.  Deadline for nominations is October 15 each year.

Past Winners of this Award include:

P.D. Hargrave
Judith A. Butt
Dr. Edgar W. Toop
Dr. John Wiebe
Buck Godwin
Dr. Mirza Mohyuddin
2000 - Dr. Ken Fry
2001 - Dr. James Calpas
2002 - Dr. Mirza Mohyuddin
2003 - Denis Patry
2004 - Nabi Chaudhary
2005 -
2006 -
2007 -
2008 - Allan Nielsen
2009 - Alfred Van Dam
2010 - Nicholas A. Savidov
2011 - Hans Johansen
2012 - Patricia Cote
2013 -
2014 -
2015 - Kwesi Ampong-Nyarko
2016 - Bill & Diane Tirrell                        
2017 - Dustin Morton

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.  Deadline for nominations is October 15 each year.

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
2013 -
2014 - Lia Schipper, Schipper Farms & Nadine and Bob Stielow, Thiels Greenhouses
2015 - Andrew Manns, Noble Spuds Ltd.
2016 - Christie Pollack and Keith Vis
2017 - The Tiemstra Family and Bert and Annelies Vander Vlugt