UFA Co-operative Limited

UFA Co-operative Limited

August 03, 2012 11:00 ET

UFA Small Town Heroes 2012 Top Ten Finalists Announced

Help decide the two UFA Small Town Heroes Grand Prize Winners by voting online

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 3, 2012) - UFA Small Town Heroes contest is heating up as UFA announces the top ten finalists today and re-opens online voting. For a third consecutive year, UFA's Small Town Heroes contest seeks out individuals in rural Alberta who go above and beyond for their communities.

Two of the top ten finalists will be named UFA's Small Town Heroes winning $10,000 for a community project and an exclusive Paul Brandt concert in their hometown. The other eight will each be awarded $2,500 for a community project of their choice. To help raise awareness and encourage online voting, the UFA Small Town Heroes team will be visiting the home communities of the top ten finalists the week of August 20 (see schedule). Communities are asked to publicly show their support for their hero as community engagement in each home town will play an important part in the selection of the winners.

"We received phenomenal nominations and choosing our top ten finalists was not an easy task," said Bob Nelson, President and CEO of UFA Co-operative Limited. "We are proud of the many heroes who make up the fabric of Alberta and were nominated in our contest. The Top Ten Tour gives us a chance to meet our UFA Small Town Hero finalists and experience the spirit of each community first-hand."

The Top Ten Finalists (in no order) are:

  • Alex Halat from Chestermere, AB
  • Angela Henley from Falher & the Smoky River Region, AB
  • Nick Ruigrok from Okotoks, AB
  • Abe Crawford from Olds, AB
  • Nathan Hardy from Devon, AB
  • Erin Steeves from Rimbey, AB
  • Mandeja Sargent from Alix, AB
  • Marilyn Wolfe from Champion, AB
  • Ed Boychuk from Smoky Lake, AB
  • Mack Erno from Teepee Creek, AB

Online voting will also play an important role in choosing the two UFA Small Town Heroes grand prize winners. The online polls re-open today and close August 31. People are encouraged to vote every day as the online votes for this second round are worth 30% of the overall score. The additional 70% is made up by the judging panel comprised of UFA's chairman of the board, two UFA executives, a UFA delegate and Canadian country music superstar Paul Brandt.

"Congratulations to all the finalists and the many nominees who were entered in the UFA Small Town Heroes contest this year," continued Nelson. "We're delighted to be able to provide each of our finalists with a minimum grant of $2,500. The question now is which two of the top ten will receive the $10,000 grants and the Paul Brandt concert?"

To keep up-to-date with all of the latest UFA Small Town Heroes Contest news and Top Ten Tour, "Like" us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/UFASmallTownHeroes and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/UFACooperative.

About UFA Co-operative Limited

UFA Co-operative Limited is one of Alberta's most dynamic enterprises. UFA has an unmatched network of 113 bulk fuel and cardlock petroleum outlets, 35 Farm and Ranch Supply stores and 24 outdoor adventure stores operating under the Wholesale Sports banner. Our employees and independent petroleum agents strive to provide products, services and solutions to farmers, ranchers, consumers and commercial accounts throughout Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Since its founding in 1909, UFA has grown from a small-scale local co-operative into a comprehensive enterprise with $2.1 billion in annual sales and nearly 120,000 active members. While UFA has grown and changed over the years, at our heart remains a commitment to agriculture and to the communities we call home.

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