Glen Leslie Church

& Cemetery


Alberta, Canada

GLEN LESLIE CHURCH PRESERVATION GROUP

SELECTED TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation

Announced the 2016 Heritage Awards Recipients

Recipient:       Glen Leslie Church Preservation Group

Project:           Glen Leslie Church Restoration

Category:       Heritage Conservation


Harold Bulford, County Councillor for Division I
Wanda Zenner, President Glen Leslie Church Preservation Group

The awards ceremony was held at the historic McDougall Centre in Calgary on October 14, 2016. 

The evening began with a hors d’oeuvre reception.   Opening greetings were provided by Dr. Laurel Halladay, Chairperson of the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation who stated that the awards are selected every two years to recognize the outstanding achievements of Albertans engaged in heritage preservation, protection and promotion. Mathew Wrangler, Executive Director, filled in for the Honourable Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services who was unable to attend the evening’s festivities, and extended greetings as well.  

The formal portion of the awards ceremony commenced with the Glen Leslie Church Preservation Group receiving the first award of the evening.  Wanda Zenner represented the Group and delivered a short speech on the history of the Church, the restoration process and the Centennial Celebration.  She emphasized how important the little log building was and still is, to the Community.  Wanda closed by thanking the Foundation for their support and presented them with one of the books that were compiled not only on the history of the Church but of the Glen Leslie area as well. 

The County had nominated the Group and ensured their representation at the event by the presence of Harold Bulford, County Councillor for Division 1.



Wanda's speech  |  Video of event

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INGRAHAM MEDITATION AREA

 In 2014, Evelyn Ingraham began to landscape an area in the Glen Leslie Cemetery in remembrance of her husband, Leon who had passed away in July.  The completed project is a beautiful spot for all to enjoy as they remember their loved ones.

 Suncrest Memorials’ owner, Wes Shartner from Crooked Creek, donated his services to engrave and install a special rock with “Ingraham Meditation Area”.   The rock was one of the original foundation rocks of the Church that was built in 1915.




                            Donor Wall
A brick for each business or person who donated to the restoration project (at the North end of the church building)
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The original organ in place for the July 19, 2015 celebration

Glen Leslie Church marks centenary

Charles Wales holds up a picture of him and his classmates back in 1920 when they were attending school at the Glen Leslie Church as well as a certificate honouring him as the Mayor of Glen Leslie for the day for his help in outlining the history of the church while celebrating the building's centennial on Sunday. The church has been restored and held a birthday celebration with some old photos similar to the on held by Wales. Jocelyn Turner/Daily Herald-Tribune

Charles Wales holds up a picture of him and his classmates back in 1920 when they were attending school at the Glen Leslie Church as well as a certificate honouring him as the Mayor of Glen Leslie for the day for his help in outlining the history of the church while celebrating the building's centennial on Sunday. The church has been restored and held a birthday celebration with some old photos similar to the one held by Wales.

Jocelyn Turner/Daily Herald-Tribune


One hundred-year-old stories came alive on Sunday when the Glen Leslie Church celebrated its centennial. 

Located on Highway 670, 21 kilometers east of Grande Prairie, the church was constructed in 1915 on a 10-acre church grant applied for by Thomas Leslie and Rev. Alexander Forbes. 

Charles Wales, who just so happens to be 100-years-old, shared some of his memories of the church, which was also a school between 1918 and 1928.

“I didn’t start school until Feb. 1, 1920... I went to school until I was in Grade 11,” he said. 

“They had to have eight kids to make a school. My brother wasn’t quite old enough but they put him in anyway.”

Wales said for the older kids, the teacher would teach them later in the day and give them lots of homework so they could stay home and do their chores.

“It was a way to keep (us) going to school,” he said. 

Altogether, Wales said there were about 35 students and just one teacher. 

“It was the only church in the county, the only church this big in the county,” said Wales of its importance. “And instead of building a school they used this.”

Wanda Zenner, president of the Glen Leslie Preservation Group said the community has been working for more than a decade to restore the church for the celebration on Sunday. 

“This little building and of course the adjacent cemetery is very important to this community and it really services a wide area now, all the way up to Grande Prairie, all the way up to the Smoky and into the Wapiti and quite far a ways north, up into Teepee Creek,” she said. 

Councilor Harold Bulford of the County of Grande Prairie and MP Chris Warkentin were on hand to help celebrate the prestigious milestone.

“When we see the community come together and really celebrate 100 years and also have this type of a building to celebrate around, I think it brings people together,” said Warkentin. “I think it reminds people of the values that the settlers brought. Not only were they concerned about coming here and building a future for their families but (it was) also important to build a community.”

Rev. George Malcolm, of Forbes Presbyterian, held a rededication ceremony for the church. There were old-fashioned games like three-legged races and sack races as well as cemetery tours and a barbecue for the dozens who turned out to celebrate the day. 

For more information about the church, visit www.glenleslie.ca.

Jocelyn.Turner@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @DHTJocelyn

By Jocelyn Turner, Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune

Sunday, July 19, 2015 6:12:14 MDT PM

 

Restoration Pictures click here

The old sign and the church before restoration

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Glen Leslie Church and Cemetery

On November 21, 1914, a meeting was held to consider building a church at Glen Leslie. A subscription list was drawn up with cash donations and volunteer labor promised. Alfred Olson was hired as the carpenter for $4.00 per day. The 20’ x 30’ log church was built on ten acres allotted for a church and cemetery on SW 6 72 3 W6. By March 1915, the logs were hauled and construction began after spring work. Total cost of the Church was $468.00. The first church service was held on October 30, 1915 and continued until 1964.

The Olson Family had a reunion on the weekend of the celebration. (Pictures)

The Historic Site

In the spring of 2011, the Glen Leslie Church was designated a Provincial Historic Resource by the Minister of Culture & Community Development. The church remains one of the few pre-1920’s structures left in the area.


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