Friesen, Leonard - 1998 Hall of Fame Inductee

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The cattle industry in Alberta is richer for Leonard Friesen. This livestock buyer, rancher and cattle feeder had always promoted excellence in raising and merchandising Alberta cattle. His encouragement of the cattle industry extended to young people with his involvement in the 4-H movement. He had been a role model to thousands of 4-H members. In 1981, he received the Premier's Award for his outstanding service to 4-H and the cattle industry in general.

Mr. Friesen judged hundreds of cattle shows, many of them in the U.S. He had been an effective ambassador for the Alberta cattle industry, and was one of Alberta's largest cattle brokers in the 1970s and early 1980s. His interests included the Calgary Stockyards, the Western Heritage Centre and the Calgary Stampede. Mr. Friesen had often been invited as a guest speaker at cattle banquets and functions. He had held office and been affiliated with local, provincial, federal and international livestock groups. A true champion of Alberta and its cattle industry. In 1995, Mr. Friesen published a book called Cows, Cowboys, Cattlemen and Characters. In addition, he had written a regular column on the cattle industry for 23 years. Mr. Friesen was a devout Christian and family man, with he and his wife Edna raising six children.

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