Farm Family

Congratulations to the Eady Family in La Glace on being named as the Farm Family of 2017. The Eadys have farmed in the County for five generations, and in addition to their commitment to agriculture, they were chosen because they have always made community service a focal part of family life.

Back row from left to right: Spencer Gordey, Tracy Gordey, Ryan Gordey and Jay Eady.

Front row from left to right:  Jack Gordey, Sherry Eady, Gerald Eady, Erin Eady, Kevin Eady and Brady Eady.

About the Eadys

In 1928, Wilfred and Annie Eady came from England to Canada and homesteaded northwest of La Glace. At age 10, their son Morris began farming by renting his own land, and in 1946, the Eadys purchased the home quarter where the family is still located. Morris set the family standard for community service by sitting on several boards and by helping construct many local buildings, including the La Glace Curling Rink.

In 1951, Morris married Margaret Goertzen, and soon their son Gerald was born.  Like Morris, community service and farming have always been important to Gerald, his wife Sherry, and their children Kevin and Tracy.  According to Gerald, “being named Farm Family of 2017 is a huge honour for which all of us are deeply appreciative. After so many years of farming in the County, it is so nice to be recognized.” Sherry adds, “Morris would be so proud!”

Kevin, his wife Erin, and their children Jay and Brady, continue to work on the family farm. Tracy, her husband and children help out whenever they are needed.

Over the years, Gerald has volunteered and sat on many boards including the UFA Advisory Board, the Saddle Hills Awareness Committee, Buffalo Lakes Hall, Grande Prairie District Rural Crime Watch, and the Sexsmith Seed Cleaning Plant where Kevin also currently serves. Sherry volunteers at Webster Hall and as a local Brownies / Girl Guides leader. Kevin is the current President of the La Glace Curling Club, where Erin also volunteers as Secretary Treasurer. Kevin is also a member of the La Glace Ag Society and the Mighty Peace Vintage Tractor Association. Erin, a school teacher at the local elementary school in La Glace, also volunteers as a representative for the Alberta Teachers Association for the La Glace School and for the Peace Wapiti school division. Jay and Brady have begun giving back to the community by volunteering for various football groups.

When the Eadys aren’t busy farming or volunteering in the community, they treasure their family time, often escaping to their cabin or going on camping trip with everyone in tow. The young cousins are very close, and all seem to share the excellent sense of humour and love of fun that their parents and grandparents do.

Farm Family Recognition

The County hosted a banquet at the Peace Country Classic Agri-Show at Evergreen Park on March 10, 2017 to recognize the Eady family and previous Farm Family recipients.

About the Farm Family Awards Program

The Farm Family Awards is an annual program hosted by the County Agricultural Service Board which recognizes a local multi-generational family that has made significant contributions to agriculture and the community.

The County in partnership with the Peace Country Agri-Show has been honouring multi-generational farm families since 1969. To express appreciation for the annual Farm Family, and accomplishments of multi-generational farming families and previous Farm Family recipients, the County hosts a banquet at the Peace Country Classic Agri-Show which takes place in March of every year.

The County Agricultural Service Board will be accepting nominations Farm Family Application Form.pdf [PDF - 22 KB] for the 2018 Farm Family in the fall of 2017. For further information, please contact the Agriculture department at 780-532-9727.

Congratulations to all past winners!