Curtis Dawydiuk – President & Sponsorship Director
Curtis has been serving as a director on the Hanover Agricultural Society since 2007. He came to us in 2005 as a rodeo volunteer and was elected as a director in 2007. Employed by Barkman Concrete Ltd., Curtis loves to spend time with his wife and two children, serve in his church and work with the team of dedicated directors on the Hanover Ag Society. Curtis served as a member of the Grunthal Community Center Board from 2010-2015 and the Manitoba Rodeo Cowboys Association board of directors in 2010, 2011 and 2014-present. Curtis is a team player who has a strong passion to see Rodeo in southeast Manitoba grow and flourish, with Grunthal and of course Hanover Agricultural Society as a flagship. Curtis comes to us with four years experience in rodeo rough stock as a bull rider in Heartland, MRCA and CCA rodeo associations. Curtis was the recipient of the prestigious MRCA Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010 and the RM of Hanover Volunteer Recognition Award in 2015. Curtis has a strong passion for the community and can be found helping out at almost any function he attends. Curtis would like to thank all the dedicated volunteers who sacrifice their time to help us put on our annual events.
John Martens – Vice-President, Fair Committee Vice-Chairperson
John has eighteen years of construction experience, ranging from concrete to framing and continues to run a crew with several employees. John also farms with his Dad on a 100 cow/calf herd five miles from Grunthal. He started helping at the Fair in 2006 and enjoyed the friends that he made there. In 2010, John decided to join the board of directors at Hanover Ag serving as assistant Rodeo director for a few years. He has now taken on the role of Rodeo director. John really looks forward to all the events that the Hanover Ag Society plans every year as they grow the organization to promote agriculture and rural living. John enjoys meeting all the competitors and spectators that come out to the events. Lastly, John says thanks to the rest of the board of directors for all that is done to make this organization the best Ag Society in Southeast Manitoba.
Chris Reimer – Facilities Director
Chris was born and raised in Blumenort, MB. He married Shirley Reimer in ’97, and made Grunthal their home. Chris has a construction business. They were blessed with 5 children and he loves to give a hand wherever he can. The love for the Hanover Ag Fair has given Chris the desire to be involved in helping set up and get all the behind the scenes stuff together.
Allissa Empson – Spring Rodeo Chairperson
Allissa has always enjoyed the Hanover Fair weekend. It is a time where friends, that are more like family, gather together and have a good time. As those friends got older and started doing their own things the tradition became smaller. With more time on her hands on that weekend, Allissa decided it was time to become a part of the excitement. In doing so she found a new, amazing group of people that have now become like family. In 2013, Allissa organized the return of the Demolition Derby. She is often found on the Hanover Ag grounds helping the guys with anything she can, usually making them laugh with her attempts at being strong. Allisssa loves all aspects of rodeo and enjoys taking pictures and being behind the scenes where all the action is. For Allissa it makes all the hard work that is put into it worth it when the weekend of events come along and she gets to see how many people are enjoying themselves.
Ash Wiebe – June Classic Demo Derby Chairperson
Ash enjoys playing sports, skeet shooting, hanging out with friends and watching movies. In the past, Ash has volunteered on the Roseau River Bible Camp board for two years and has volunteered as trainer for both the Junior and Senior Red Wings’ hockey teams. Ash serves as Sponsorship director and has been doing so for two years. Before moving into the sponsorship role, he served on the Hanover Ag Society as a director for four years and volunteered on the Rodeo committee for two years.
Jillian Ray – Director at Large
Laurie Dyck – Treasurer
Crystal Friesen – Secretary
Nathaniel Martens – Junior Director