Awards

Award of Merit

The Bruce County Federation of Agriculture Award of Merit began in 1979 to be given to an outstanding farmer in Bruce County. A trophy was donated by Brian and Giselle Ireland to be used in perpetuity and BCFA provides a keeper trophy to each winner annually.

Criteria

  • Tommy Cooper recipients are not eligible
  • The person nominated should be a Bruce County OFA member, but an exception can be made by the BCFA Executive Committee
  • The committee shall look for examples of significant contributions to the agricultural industry
 

Past Award of Merit Winners

 

2015 - Allan Smith

2014 - Neils Munk

2013 - Don & Cathy Farrell

2012 - George Holm

2011 - Jenny Amy

2010 - Donna Spitzig

2009 - Dennis Watson

2008 - Jim Algie

2007 - Charlie Bagnato

2006 - Dr. David Biesenthal

2005 - Lloyd Graham

2004 - Elaine Lang

2003 - William (Bill) Goetz

2002 - David Walter Hellyer

2001 - Allan Smith

2000 - Stan Eby

1999 - Calvin McConnell

1998 - Tony Morris

1997 - Linda Freiburger

1996 - Byron Monk

1995 - Roy Pennington

1994 - Jayne Dietrich

1993 - Jack Cumming

1992 - Bill & Marlene Davis

1991 - Robert A. Bregman

1990 - Bert Caslick

1989 - Ted Zettel

1988 - Dr. Gary Gurbin

1987 - Beth Slumskie

1986 - John Mccauley

1985 - Harold Poechman

1984 - Jim Powers

1983 - Allen Wilford

1982 - Borden Fenton

1981 - Arnold Misch

1980 - No Award

1979 - Keith Weedon

 

TOMMY COOPER AWARD

The Tommy Cooper award is presented annually by Bayshore Broadcasting and The Sun Times to the person making the greatest contribution to agriculture and rural living in Grey and Bruce Counties.

Tommy Cooper was the Grey County agricultural representative from 1920 - 1959 and dedicated his life to agriculture. He played a major role in shaping agriculture in Grey County, and his influence continues today. He had a direct role in establishing the Federation of Agriculture. Tommy used newspapers and the radio to bring his message to the farm community. When Tommy retired in 1959, 700 people attended his retirement party highlighted by Grey County presenting him with a new car.

 

Current Tommy Cooper Winner

Dennis Watson with one of the piglets being raised this year in the Chesley District Community School’s specialist agricultural program. (Special to Postmedia)

Dennis Watson with one of the piglets being raised this year in the Chesley District Community School’s specialist agricultural program. (Special to Postmedia)

By Don Crosby, For The Sun Times
Monday, April 18, 2016 3:48:21 EDT PM

This year’s winner of The Tommy Cooper Award is teacher Dennis Watson who heads up the Chesley District Community School’s specialist high skills agricultural program.

The award was handed out during a dinner held at the Elmwood community centre on April 15. Four others were nominated for the award: Hugh Simpson a beekeeper from Feversham, Allen Hughes, former president of Grey County Federation of Agriculture, Mike Traynor head of the Saugeen and Grey Sauble, North Bruce Peninsula, Water Protection Committeealong with long time journalist and recently retired editor of this paper, Jim Merriam of Tara.

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Past Tommy Cooper Winners

 
John Gillespie (left) receiving Tommy Cooper Award from Manny Paiva (right) – Bayshore Broadcasting; 2014

John Gillespie (left) receiving Tommy Cooper Award from Manny Paiva (right) – Bayshore Broadcasting; 2014

 
 

2015 - Dennis Watson

2014 - John Gillespie

2013 - Brian Gilroy

2012 - Bruce Saunders

2011 - Barb Klages

2010 - Paul & Dorien DeJong

2009 - Jack Riley

2008 - Robert Emerson

2007 - Robert Pringle

2006 - Ruth Hamill

2005 - Doug Eadie

2004 - Kenneth Bridge

2003 - Karl Chittka

2002 - Roger Thorne

2001 - Bev Fry

2000 - Heather Parkin

1999 - Wayne Mccausland and Jack Westlake

1998 - Jayne Dietrich

1997 - Fran Farrell

1996 - Ray Robertson

1995 - Carman Hamill

1994 - Ken Furlong

1993 - Karl Braeker and
Jack Cumming

1992 - Gerald Poechman

1991 - Ralph Dietrich

1990 - Agnes Diemert

1989 - Grant Collins

1988 - David Inglis

1987 - Don Hill

1986 - Roy Pennington

1985 - James Mckinlay

1984 - Ron Wolfe

1983 - Ray Robertson

1982 - Borden Fenton and Lloyd Harris

1981 - Keith Davenport

1980 - Brian Ireland

1979 - Robert Taylor

1978 - Grant Preston

1977 - Bill Wolfe

1976 - Alfred Brunton

1975 - Dawn Brunton

1974 - Ronald Oswald

1973 - Barbara Riddell

1972 -Sherry Pollock

1971 - Harvey Davis

1970 - Linda Shouldice

1969 - Carolyn Riddell

1968 - Gordon Weeden

1967 - Dianne Mannerow

1966 - Louis Emke

1965 - Mrs. George Arthur

1964 - Mary Reid

1963 - Douglas Lemon

1962 - James Richardson

1961 - Frank Coulter

1960 - J.M. Hanbridge

1959 - Jaffrey Rutherford