It is that time of the year once again, when the DCA honors our long standing contributors to the community with the A. Walter Turnbull Award.

For 2022, the DCA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Robert and Donna Poffenroth have been named as recipients of the A. Walter Turnbull Award.

Robert and Donna Poffenroth

Robert and Donna have been pillars of the community for many, many years, having attended the first DCA Canada Day Celebration in 1980. They have remained active within not only our community, but other areas as well. During their volunteering days on the Calgary Stampede Board, they arranged for the Stampede Queen and Princesses to attend our Canada Day festivities, bringing an added level of magic to the day.

Robert has helped the DCA and the community over the years with much legal support. He was critical in setting up the Digby-Hughes estate arrangement, where the De Winton Community Association and Davisburg Community Association were bequeathed a parcel of land to manage. Both associations enjoyed proceeds from an oil well on it for many years.

Robert is also on the Pine Creek Cemetery Board, where he was recently involved in transitioning the maintenance and administration of the cemetery over to Foothills County.

For years, Donna volunteered to lead a weekly stretching class at the Community Hall, bringing her experience and learnings from other classes to help keep participants limber and healthy.

Donna is also a very active member of the Okotoks & District Historical Society. Her keen interest and knowledge of local history were critical to the success of the 2018 De Winton 100-year celebration. Both her and Robert’s efforts on this ambitious project helped ensure that the celebration was a resounding success.

Robert and Donna were both involved in the Old MacLeod Trail project, where wagon-wheel inspired signs mark spots where 19th century wagon ruts are still visible from the original trail that ran between Calgary, Fort MacLeod and Fort Benton, Montana. Robert and Donna donated the plaque marking the trail along 258th Ave West.

And both have volunteered numerous times at the DCA Casino fundraiser, one of our most important fundraising efforts. (2011, 2014, 2017 & cancelled 2020 event).

Some of you may have noticed another Poffenroth name on the Walter Turnbull plaque. Walter and Jenny Poffenroth were original homesteaders in the area and helped build up the community right from early on. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

Robert and Donna’s contributions to our community, and the area, are measured not in months, or even years, but in decades. They are regular attendees of the DCA’s Annual General Meeting, and can be found contributing to the DCA and community on a regular basis.

Thank-you, Robert and Donna, for all you have done for your friends, neighbours, DCA and community in general. You two make the area a better place!