Press Release: ALUS Canada Presents 2019 Dave Reid Awards - ALUS Canada
PRESS RELEASE FOR RELEASE 1 p.m. MT, JUNE 4, 2019
Red Deer County, Alberta, June 4, 2019 | ALUS Canada presents the 2019 Dave Reid Awards to farmers and ranchers for innovation in producing ecosystem services.
During a special event held today at Rolyn Ranch in Alberta, ALUS Canada presented the 2019 Dave Reid Award, worth $10,000, and two runner-up awards, worth $1,500 and $500 respectively, to Canadian farmers and ranchers who are excellent stewards of the land and who have done innovative work in producing ecological services through the ALUS program.
The 2019 Dave Reid Award was presented Tom and Margaret Towers, of Tamara Ranch in Red Deer County, Alberta. Towers has been an ALUS PAC member and Farmer Liaison since 2016 and, as ALUS Red Deer County participants, the Towers maintain 45 acres of ALUS projects, including wetlands and riparian zones, native trees and shrubs, wildlife-friendly fencing and alternative watering systems for livestock.
“For their outstanding land-stewardship ethic, their commitment to innovation as producers, for their longstanding dedication to rebuilding Canada’s natural heritage, and for the impressive legacy they have created for future generations, Tom and Margaret Towers are very deserving recipients of the 2019 Dave Reid Award,” said ALUS Canada CEO Bryan Gilvesy.
“We are honoured to receive this Canada-wide recognition,” said Tom Towers. “We will continue to produce ecological services, and be the change we envision in the world, one acre at a time.”
A special Runner-Up prize went to ALUS Mountain View participants Jerremie and Rita Clyde, of Little Loaves Farm, “for their role as proud, vocal, and effective advocates for ALUS,” said ALUS Canada’s Western Lead, Rhonda King, who presented them with the prize.
Darren and Maria Smith, of Good Land Farms in Parkland County, Alberta, received an Honourable Mention prize, presented by ALUS Canada Agrologist Howie Bjorge.
Formerly known as the ALUS Canada Producer Innovation Award, the Dave Reid Award has previously been presented to Joe Csoff (ALUS Norfolk) in 2018 and Gerry Taillieu (ALUS Parkland) in 2016. The award is supported by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, ALUS Canada’s primary philanthropic partner.
ALUS Canada congratulates all 2019 award-recipients. Thanks to ALUS Red Deer County participants Rob and Lynda Purdie for their kind hospitality, as well as to ALUS’ supporters and partners, such as the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and Innotech Alberta, for their presence at the event.
All ALUS supporters, program coordinators, PAC members and participants are to be congratulated for helping to rebuild Canada’s natural heritage for the benefit of Canadian communities.