Bentley’s Martin Schneider continues to get recognized for the work he has done and is doing for his community.
On Dec. 21, Schneider, 84 was one of the seven recipients of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal presented by Blaine Calkins, MP for the Wetaskiwin riding, at the Kozy Korner in Lacombe that recognized contributions or achievements done for the “community and indeed the country.”
Calkins mentioned it was hard to award the medal to only 30 people in his entire constituency.
Some of Martin’s family, including wife Inga, son Kelly, grandson Carson, and daughter Cheryl, were able to be there to see the honor bestowed upon him.
Family friend, Bentley Mayor Joan Dickau, who had nominated him from the Bentley community, couldn’t think of anyone else more deserving who had done so much and been so involved in the community for so many years. Dickau and husband Derek also attended.
Schneider has supported so many local causes: the arena, minor hockey, cemetery maintenance, Elks, rodeo, Bentley Generals hockey team supporter and scorekeeper, has been a long-time Bentley businessman for over 51 years, and volunteers whenever and wherever needed.
Calkins mentioned Martins’ Barber Shop on Main Street Bentley is a mini-museum with pictures honoring teams, individuals, and country music star Dick Damron.
Also receiving recognition with the national honor at the same event was Edna Pratt of Rimbey with mention of her service in the armed forces and for her work overseas.
Other recipients recognized with the commemorative medal were Lacombe police chief Gary Leslie who is set to retire after nearly 30 years with the force; Judith Ann Carlton for the historical contributions she has made for Blackfalds; agricultural contributions by Lacombe’s Fred Knip, and the volunteerism of Sylvia Gillespie and Tony Saretsky also from Lacombe.
Refreshments and visiting was enjoyed by recipients and guests following the ceremony.
Another honour recently bestowed on Schneider was when he was presented with his 50-year Elks pin at the meeting of the Bentley Elks Lodge at their Jan. 2 meeting.