For Joanne Schoff, an agronomist at Bashaw Crop Services, the best part of winning the #ThankARetailer contest was getting to share the good news with the community projects her company chose to support.
The agri-retailer chose to split its $15,000 prize between the Bashaw School Enhancement Fund and a project to restore the Meeting Creek community centre.
“It was hard to pick a recipient because there are so many worthwhile causes,” said Schoff. “We have customers from both communities, so we just wanted to support as many people as we could.”
Even though Bashaw Crop Services has been in business for a relatively short time, Schoff said they are very connected to the community.
“A lot of our customers either went to Bashaw School or have children or grandkids that go there,” said Schoff. That portion of the prize will go towards a new scoreboard for the school’s gymnasium.
The second recipient, Meeting Creek Community Center, is located in a hamlet with fewer than 50 people and, according to Schoff, doesn’t have the same access to funding as larger communities. They will be using the funds for building improvements.
“We have great customers,” said Schoff, adding that she believes it’s important for retailers to support their community. “To be able to give back in a way that benefits them, that’s a pretty great feeling.”
Bashaw Crop Services supports the Bashaw Ag Society by participating in the kids farm safety day camps. They also support the Bashaw School Green Agriculture Certificate, the Bashaw and Area Recreation Board, 4-H, Victim's Services, Bashaw School Kindergarten, Mecca Glen Kindergarten, Ferintosh Rec. Association, Bashaw, Calumet and New Norway curling clubs, Bashaw minor hockey and figure skating, Bashaw Boys and Girls Club and Bashaw and District Support Services.
Bashaw Crop Services would like to use the $15,000 from Adama to help fund the Bashaw School Enhancement Project and contribute to the Community Centre expansion in Meeting Creek. This would benefit many families from both communities and would allow Bashaw Crop Services to give something special back to the communities that support their business.