Wetaskiwin Art and Agricultural Festival

Special presentation at the Ag and Arts Festival

 

 
The sun was shining on Main Street of Wetaskiwin during the 2012 Ag and Arts Festival in Wetaskiwin on September 15th but the brightest beam to shine on the Festival stage was the smile of gratitude on Sylvia Larsen’s face. MC Brady Weiler called her up onto the stage to join Mayor Bill Elliott and MP, Blaine Calkins and soon looks of evident surprise and curiosity were replaced by a look of emotional happiness. Sylvia was awarded a national honour, the Diamond Jubilee Medal. The medal program is administered by The Chancellery of Honours, which is part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.
To be eligible for this medal, a person must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. They must have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.
Mayor Elliott remarked that Sylvia was an obvious choice for the medal.  "Having recently received this same honor, I know how proud, and humbled, Sylvia felt at receiving such a prestigious award. Her vision, to create a Heritage Museum, and the tireless efforts of Sylvia and Helmer, to make it a reality, preserves our very proud history for all generations”.
Sylvia is the eldest daughter of George and Edith Rasmuson. She attended Offerdale and Crooked Lake schools. Following graduation from the Wetaskiwin High School she attended the U of A where she majored in Music and English.  Married to Helmer Larson, as a couple, they have been committed to their community throughout the years. 
During the early eighties, Sylvia was asked by City Council to organize and open a Community Museum, focusing on local history. The museum opened officially on May 20, 1986 and Sylvia and Helmer were enthusiastic workers and supporters. Sylvia retired from teaching in 2000 and began volunteering full time at the museum. Through the hard work of the couple and many dedicated volunteers, the museum earned the 2002 Museum Association Provincial Award of excellence in preserving history. In 2004, the Museum Society purchased the vacant Montgomery Department Store and Helmer, who had retired from managing Kiwanis Kourt and Manor, took on the massive task of renovating the building and constructing exhibit cases on a volunteer basis. 
In 2005, Helmer and Sylvia were thrilled to be honoured with Distinguished Service Awards by the Provincial Museum Association and Recognition of Outstanding Contribution Awards by the Historical Resources Foundation. They were also honoured by the City of Wetaskiwin with Appreciation Awards. They both continue to contribute considerable time, energy and resources to the continued development of the Museum.
The Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum would never have happened without the vision and hard work of the Larsons who believed in community involvement and working together to 'make things happen'. 
Source and contact - wetaskiwinonline@gmail.com
More Stories:
  • Helping African Grandmothers Wetaskiwin Grands 4 Africa held a tremendously successful luncheon and program in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in its work to support grandmothers and community recovery in 15 of the African countries most affected ...
  • The Terry Fox Run Rocked the City of Leduc On average, 500 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer every day, making fundraising and awareness events like the annual and nationwide Terry Fox Run critical. This year marks the 32nd annual Terry Fox Run for cancer research. ...
  • Keep On Learning Foundation Launched In Maskwacis Submitted by Felisha Crier Hosein My name is Felisha Crier Hosein, the founder and president of the ‘Keep On Learning Foundation’, a non-profit organization created as a way to make a difference in the lives of First Nations’ ...
  • Meet N' Greet Summer Party Summer vacation is over, kids are back to school, gardens are cleared, lawns are mowed, and you don’t know your new neighbour. Well, have a Meet N’ Greet - Show N’ Shine. On Saturday September 13, 2014, Pat & Jean Trottier ...
  • Manluk Centre Officially Opens Although Wetaskiwin’s Manluk Centre Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness has been in operation since June 26th of this year, final touches such as the Donor Wall had to be completed. With great anticipation and careful ...
  • While You’re Making Plans, Life Happens — The One Welcomes A New Face That pretty well sums up Leduc’s 93.1, The One, radio station’s new morning man, James ‘Gruff’ Gushnowski. Gushnowski was born and raised in the small community of Innisfree, located about an hour and a half east of Edmonton, ...
  • Kimto Stage At Waterworks Theatre Brings In Kevin Roy Wetaskiwin and region is whirling in first class entertainment this summer; Loonstock, the RCMP Musical Ride, NASCAR racing, Jay Semko and Punchdrunk concert, Tour of Alberta, Wetaskiwin’s Summer Showcase, the RAM Harvest ...
  • Playhouse For Fun The Millet & District Lions Club of Millet, like many other non-profit organizations in our area, raise funds for community projects. Over the past few months, the Lions Club has been at various events selling raffle tickets ...
  • City Of Leduc More Dynamic Than Ever! The Annual Leduc Community Registration Day is an informative and fun day for the entire family. This year was no different. Hundreds of Leduc and area families converged in the Leduc Recreation Centre (LRC) on Saturday, ...
  • Parade Of Programs Kick Starts Fall And Winter Season On Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 the Wetaskiwin Drill Hall was a flurry of activity as community groups representing athletic clubs, arts, culture and educational opportunities were displaying their products and services. ...
  • Edward Wolfe Leduc can trace its earliest roots to individuals looking for a new start, and as a place that opened its arms and welcomed people from all over the world. At first, it was a refuge for early homesteaders seeking an opportunity ...
  • Salvation Army Outdoors The Wetaskiwin Corps of the Salvation Army held its church service as well as its annual BBQ and Corn Roast in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Lions' Campground on the last day of August. It was well attended by Salvation ...
  • Calmar Burger Bar - Gone For Now! The Burger Bar has been an icon on the main street of Calmar for decades and is known far and wide for its delicious burgers, green gravy (yes green!) and favorite fast food eatery for many of Calmar’s local residents. Fear ...
  • Sears Kids Cancer Ride Comes to Leduc On Sunday morning, September 10th, a little before 9:30am, a group of cyclists were greeted by Shawn Nawaz and his family, owner of the Leduc Sears Hometown store. They were part of the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride that ...
  • New Sarepta Demolition Derby On Sunday, September 7, 2014 in New Sarepta, a demolition derby in support of minor hockey entertained 1600 spectators despite Mother Nature’s grumpy mood. They were prepared for hard fun and did not care about a little rain. ...
  • Adding the Personal Touch to Healthcare The Wetaskiwin Healthcare Auxiliary provides many of the personal and homey touches and equipment that add to the comfort of mind, heart and body of hospital patients, especially those in Long Term Care (LTC). The funds it ...
  • A Unique Country Fair – Fusion Of Rural And Urban The Lakedell Country Fair is unique. The event is billed as the, “Join us for a fun-filled day at our 38th Annual Lakedell Country Fair, August 31st, Alberta’s Largest One-Day Fair”. This title becomes easier and easier to ...
  • Al Lund Memorial Bike Ride Supports Museum “The ride will be starting at the Wetaskiwin Fire Hall (5940 – 40 Avenue) on Highway 13 again this year”, stated Kathy Lund, widow of Al Lund and Chair of the Wetaskiwin Museum Board. “The riders and spectators will meet ...
  • Mayor Krischke’s Ice Bucket The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has swept across North America, found its way to Leduc and several area mayors took up the challenge— including Leduc’s. “I had seen it happening and was anticipating making a donation then Don ...
  • Leduc Farmer's Peach Festival The outdoor Leduc Farmers’ Market held its Peach Festival on Saturday, August 30th to large crowds. The Festival was one of the best attended this summer. Part of the reason, may have been, that the Farmers’ Market and the ...




 
  • Leduc Radio Ad
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia