Alberta farmers receive jubilee medals

Several southern Alberta residents with agricultural connections were presented Sept. 6 with Diamond Jubilee Medals in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year on the throne.

Seed grower and cattle producer Leonard Haney of Picture Butte was recognized for his agricultural work and support in the education system.

Henry Bergen of Coaldale was recognized as an agricultural innovator whose efforts have reduced costs and increased crop yields for farmers.

Lloyd Olsen of Cardston was noted for the horses and carriages he maintains and uses in parades, rodeos and special events throughout southwestern Alberta.

Raymond Speaker, a former farmer from the Enchant area who had a long career in provincial and federal politics, was another recipient.

Also honoured was dairy farmer Conrad Van Hierden of Fort Macleod for his fundraising work to combat a rare genetic disease and for his volunteer work with rural crime watch.

Numerous other recipients received medals for their community and volunteer work or past political service.

About 60,000 Diamond Jubilee Medals will be presented to Canadians this year.

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