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Rooted in the Prairies Project winner Dan Richards amplifies $2,500 donation with seed to donate toward new La Glace, AB hockey arena

Photo: CANTERRA SEEDS' Peace Region Territory Manager, Candace Reinbold, poses with Dan and Kim Richards.

Hockey players and skaters of all ages in the La Glace, Alberta area will soon lace up their skates in a brand-new hockey arena partly funded by Dan Richards of Scenic Heights Farms after he nominated the La Glace Ag Society through the Rooted in the Prairies Project by CANTERRA SEEDS.

The La Glace Ag Society has been working on fundraising to construct the La Glace Regional Recreation Centre, a new building that will act as a hub for the community and provide a space for sports, concerts, markets and other community events.

“Our current hockey arena has reached the point of needing to be replaced,” says Richards. “It was built quite early and we’re just having a lot of problems with keeping it open.”

Having grown up in La Glace, Richards and his family have been involved with the existing recreation centre for years in multiple capacities.

“We’ve done some coaching and volunteering over the years,” says Richards. “My brother and I grew up playing hockey there, my daughters have played hockey and curled up there and some of our family members have been part of the executive board.”

To celebrate 25 years in the seed business, CANTERRA SEEDS launched the Rooted in the Prairies Project in March 2021, with the goal to award ten $2,500 donations to local causes nominated by CANTERRA SEEDS seed grower shareholders and farmers throughout Western Canada.

Rather than simply donate the funds awarded from the Rooted in the Prairies Project, Richards decided to amplify his donation. CANTERRA SEEDS provided $2,500 worth of canola seed to Richards in lieu of a donation, which will exponentially increase the final amount donated once the harvested crop is marketed.

Richards planted CS2600 CR-T canola seed on donated land earlier this year as part of the La Glace Ag Society’s Growing Our Community fundraiser, where all land, labour and inputs are provided by the community and all profits from the harvest are donated to the La Glace Ag Society’s Regional Recreation Centre project.

“It’s a nice way for the whole community to get together and raise money by growing a crop for the Ag Society,” says Richards.

All winners from the Rooted in the Prairies Project will be featured in coming weeks on the CANTERRA SEEDS Behind the Seeds blog at canterra.com/blog. For more information about our silver anniversary celebration and company history, visit canterra.com/roots.

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