The county recognizes contributions from all citizens make up our tremendous community. From small acts to massive undertakings, there is a huge variety in the way these contributions manifest themselves.

We routinely celebrate both families and individuals who consistently make positive differences.

See below for lists of past winners.

Farm Family of the Year

The BMO Bank of Montreal Farm Family Awards are given annually to outstanding southern Alberta farm families who best typify the value of the family farmer to our rural communities and society in general. The Cypress County winner is honoured both at the Calgary and Medicine Hat Stampede.

Citizen/Young Citizen of the Year

These awards have been established to recognize individuals who display continued dedication and perseverance to a cause or causes that have ultimately benefited the citizens of Cypress County and the public at large.

Farm Family Award

2023Beck Family
2022Gord and Patti Forbes
2021No nominations due to COVID-19
2020Jim and Cheryl Dick
2019Cash Cattle Co. (Arlin, Connie, Blaine, and Nolan)
2018Keith and Kody Traxel
2017Laverne Gill Family
2016Mark and Nicole Neubauer
2015Trevor and Janet Biemens
2014Herb and Matilda, Gerald and Dallas, Keith and Kim Weiss
2012Norman and Jean Bauer
2011 n/a
2007Gary Franz
2006Geoff and Melanie Watson
2005Biemans Family Farm
2004Gene and Pam Ehret
2003Jonathan and Arlene Aberle
2002Orville and Judy Yanke
2001Vern and Vivienne Pancoast
2000Shortgrass Ranches
1998 Brian, Betty and Andy Kirschenman
1997 Barry and Sandy Schorr
1996Keith and Ronda Reesor

Citizen of the Year/Young Citizen of the Year

2023Jody Phillips/Emma Baedke
2019George Russill
2018Nichole Neubauer
2017Diane Good
2016Leanne Dulle
2015Don Wong
2014Gary & Elaine Lehr 
2013Arvid & Evonne Kurpjuweit 
2012Leslie Nemeth 
2011David & Pat Dennis 
2010Darlene Doane 
2009Bill Matuska 
2008 N/A
2007Charmaine Wood 
2006Emmy Reesor 
2005Wilbur (Tub) Boettcher
2004Sandy Fahlman 
2003Emma Kajewski
2001Marion Haas 
2000Antonia Herman 
1999Susan Martin-Hudec 
1998Joyce Veale 
1997Shirley Rassmussen
1996Lorraine Mauch
1995Joann Paul
1994Sharon Good
1993Myrna Bushell
1992Bob Thompson 
1991Kathy Krause
1990Memory Myers
1989Ruth Stuber