There are three nominees for annual Tommy Cooper award.
Nominations have closed for this year's Tommy Cooper award, and there are three nominees.
The award goes to the person who has made the greatest contribution to agriculture and rural living.
It commemorates the late Tommy Cooper, a well known provincial government agricultural representative in the area who was instrumental in founding the Grey Bruce Livestock co-operative.
The nominees this year are:
Barb Klages of RR # 1 Elmwood. She is nominated by the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture. Barb is a co-founder of the Bruce county 4-H Leaders council in 1980. She is a facilitator of "Ten Steps to Community action in Saugeen", and is an Organizer and leader for the "Agricultural Awareness" workshop for the Georgian bay Conference of the Lutheran Church of Canada. Klages has been a Past President 3 times in her 25 year membership in the Malcolm Women's Institute. She was involved in 3 local International Plowing Matches in 1976, 1993 and 2008.
Paul Wettlaufer of RR 1 Neustadt. He was nominated by both the Grey and Bruce County Federations of Agriculture. From 2003-7 Paul represented the Grey county Federation on the OFA Board of directors. In 2008 he was elected as the Region 2 representative to the OFA's newly restructured Board of directors. Paul coached hockey for 23 years, and one year he coached 3 teams at the same time. He was chair of the Normanby Minor hockey association 1990-92. Paul is a 5th generation farmer in Normanby township.
Warren Weppler of Ayton. He is nominated by the Grey County Federation of Agriculture. Warren is a member of the Grey County Federation of Agriculture, a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Ayton and was director of the 1990 Wellington county plowing match committee. He assisted annually to organize the Wellington County Plowing Match and put together a program book for distribution. He was a mentor to several Queens of the Furrow, preparing them for the International plowing match competition. Warren was a dedicated Sunday school teacher for 13 years in Ayton.
This year, the Award Ceremony will be held Friday, April 13th, starting at 6:30 PM at the Elmwood Community Centre.