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Monsanto Canada Inc.

March 04, 2009 10:00 ET

Small, Rural Manitoba Curling Club Takes Home Grand Prize in "Imagine a Better House" Community Curling Club Program Sponsored by Monsanto

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2009) - The two-sheet Holland Curling Club located in southwest Manitoba is this year's $10,000 grand prize winner of Monsanto Canada's "Imagine a Better House" Community Curling Club program.

The 40-member curling club, established in 1892, came out on top after sharing their compelling story about the need for a facelift to their 116-year old club that is the cornerstone of social activity in this 1,200 person farming community.

"This is just fantastic news for a small struggling club such as ours," said an appreciative Tamara Greenlay from the Holland Curling Club executive. "The Monsanto prize gives us access to much needed outside funding and now we can move ahead with some renovations that will make our club more attractive and hopefully bring back former curlers and attract more junior curlers. Our heads have been whirling since we got the news!"

Four (4) other finalists were awarded secondary prize money of $5,000. The four finalists were the Mallaig Curling Club, Mallaig, AB; the Medstead Curling Club, Medstead, SK; the Strasbourg Curling Club, Strasbourg, SK; and the Theodore Curling Club, Theodore, SK.

In addition to the five finalists, another 25 rural curling clubs from across Western Canada were awarded $2,000 in prize money to assist them with improvement projects at their clubs. All applications received between Sept. 15, 2008 and Jan. 15, 2009 were reviewed by an independent panel of judges that included: Cathy Bowman from ProMar Management Services; Resby Coutts from thecurler.com; Trish Jordan, from Monsanto Canada; and Jennifer Strath from Strath and Company Inc.

"It is incredibly difficult to go through all the applications and select an overall winner" said Trish Jordan, public affairs director with Monsanto Canada. "All the entries we received had compelling stories but our judging panel was influenced by the dedication and commitment of the Holland Curling Club membership and the efforts they are making to keep curling alive in their community. They have some great ideas to make their house greener and hopefully the contribution from Monsanto will help make those dreams a reality."

Monsanto launched its "Imagine a Better House" Community Curling Club program in November 2008 with the aim of assisting small-town curling clubs in Western Canada with local improvement projects. Applicants were required to provide information about their club, the community in which it resides and why the curling club was in need of assistance. In the past two years, $160,000 in cash awards has assisted 60 different rural community clubs across the Prairies.

Monsanto is an agricultural company and a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. You can learn more about our business and our commitments at www.monsanto.ca.

Note to Editors: The complete list of winning curling clubs is attached and will also be available online at www.monsanto.ca after March 4, 2009.



Monsanto Canada's
"Imagine a Better House" Community Curling Club Program
2009 Winners

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Grand Prize Winner ($10,000)

Holland Curling Club - Holland, Manitoba

Runners Up ($5,000)

Mallaig Curling Club - Mallaig, Alberta
Medstead Curling Club - Glaslyn, Saskatchewan
Strasbourg Curling Club - Strasbourg, Saskatchewan
Theodore Curling Club - Theodore, Saskatchewan

Winners ($2,000)

Acadia Valley Curling Club - Acadia Valley, Alberta
Baldur Curling Club - Baldur, Manitoba
Bezanson Curling Club, Bezanson, Alberta
Biggar Curling Club - Biggar, Saskatchewan
Binscarth Curling Club - Binscarth, Saskatchewan
Bjorkdale Curling Club - Bjorkdale, Saskatchewan
Broadview Curling Club - Broadview, Saskatchewan
Brooks Curling Club - Brooks, Alberta
Carstairs Curling Club - Carstairs, Alberta
Churchbridge Curling Club - Churchbridge, Saskatchewan
Denholm Curling Club - Denholm, Saskatchewan
Falher Curling Club - Falher, Alberta
Innisfree & District Curling Club - Innisfree, Alberta
Lafleche & District Curling Club - Lafleche, Saskatchewan
Madden Curling Club - Airdrie, Alberta
McCreary Curling Club - McCreary, Manitoba
Morse Curling Club - Morse, Saskatchewan
Norquay Curling Club - Norquay, Saskatchewan
Oilfields Curling Club - Black Diamond, Alberta
Preeceville Curling Club - Preeceville, Saskatchewan
Russell Curling Club - Russell, Manitoba
Strathclair Curling Club - Newdale, Manitoba
Swan River Curling Club - Swan River, Manitoba
Togo Curling Club - Togo, Saskatchewan
Wolseley Curling Club - Wolseley, Saskatchewan


Contact Information

  • Media inquiries should be directed to:
    Monsanto Canada
    Trish Jordan
    (204) 985-1005
    Website: www.monsanto.ca