Wall of Distinction Winners
In recognition of extraordinary leadership and significant contribution to LCU and our communities.Each year we recognize inspiring members who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and dedication to the communities in the Lakeland region.
In 2022, we honoured Victor as the first inductee of our Wall of Distinction. This wall will stand into the future as a permanent representation of our commitment to our communities and to our members who are committed to our communities.
We want to celebrate and honour those contributions and shine light on these individuals, and the amazing impact they have. Victor was raised in Bonnyville from a young age and always maintained hometown values and a community focus throughout his life. His kind nature, dedication to excellence, and entrepreneurial spirit merged when Victor ventured into business, creating what would become B&R Eckel’s Transport Ltd.
Victor always said, "You do what you do, and you give what you can." He was a man of his word.
Learn more about Victor Ringuette's unveiling.
Josephat (Joe) Hamel
On June 1, 2023 we were honoured to celebrate Josephat (Joe) Hamel, a community founder and businessman.
Josephat (Joe) was a pillar of the community in the early years of Bonnyville. Having moved to Bonnyville in 1929, just 14 years after the municipal district was formed, Joe started Hamel Meats and Slaughterhouse the same year. Joe was committed to making Bonnyville a vibrant community and was one of the founders of Bonnyville Gas Company and Council member of Bonnyville for 35 years proving his commitment to the area and the community. Joe was also a founding member of Lakeland Credit Union Board of Directors in 1940 (formerly St. Louis Savings and Credit Union). Joe was known for his kindness, and he treated everyone he encountered as equals regardless of their background.
Watch the Joe Hamel Legacy Video.