The Sheila Stephen Memorial Scholarship

 The Stephen family had a long history in the sheep industry in Canada. Sheila Stephen, daughter of long time sheep breeders Bill and Marian Stephen of Strathmore area, was killed in a tragic industrial accident in May of 1999. 

The Memorial scholarship is for young sheep producers pursuing post secondary education. 

Sheila’s grandfather Jock Stephen came to Canada from Scotland in 1921. In 1926 he secured a Shepherd position on the CPR farm in Tilley, Alberta. In 1935 the CPR moved his family to the CPR farm near Strathmore after they sold the Tilley farm to the Eastern Irrigation District. The farm was home to at least 100 ewes each of registered suffolk and registered hampshires. 

Stud suffolk rams were imported from England and the hampshires from the USA. Their sheep travelled to many shows and sales. Each fall about 40 rams were sent to the Salt Lake ram sale in Odgen, utah (a prestigious sale in western North America) where they sold very well. 

Jock was also successful at the Royal Winter Fair winning many classes. 

In 1944, the CPR sold the livestock from the Strathmore farm. The purebred percheron horses, yorkshire pigs and holstein cattle were dispersed as well as other livestock and sheep. Harry Viner bought the sheep farm and the sheep. The sheep eventually were sold to Phil Rock of Rockville stock farm. (memories of Charlie Stephen Aug 2011). 

Jock’s son Bill Stephen followed his father’s footsteps and after marrying Marian they became well known for their solid, sturdy and dependable lines of north country cheviots and suffolks. They were also successful in the various shows in Canada. Bill was also asked to judge various shows in western Canada. 

Sheila, Bill and Marian’s daughter, learned showmanship and other shepherding skills from her parents and was preparing to take a more active role in the farm when her tragic accident ended her life in 1999. 

When Sheila died, the need to emphasize youth in agriculture became apparent. The Alberta Sheep Breeders Association took donations in her memory and the “Sheila Stephen memorial scholarship” was started.  


Donate to the Scholarship Fund

 Donations to the Sheila Stephens Memorial Scholarship may be made at any time using PayPal. 

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

How to Apply


To apply for the ASBA Scholarship:    

1) Download and print the application form below

2) Fill out the application form as requested. 

3) Send the completed and signed application form, (3) completed and signed recommendation forms, your recent transcript, and a recent digital photo (at least 2 MB) by mail to:  ASBA Box 7  St Albert AB   T8N 1N2     or by email to

The Alberta Sheep Breeders' Association would like to acknowledge the generous sponsors who make the ASBA Memorial Scholarship possible. 

The ASBA Memorial Scholarship maintains its fund through the proceeds of the Silent auction held biannually at the ASBA Symposium. Items for the auction are generously donated by industry members and producers. t is through the auction of the donated items that the Memorial Scholarship Fund is maintained and the awards are presented.

If you would like to make a donation to the Memorial Scholarship Silent Auction please contact the ASBA office either by e-mail at or by phone at 866-967-4337.

The Good Shepherd Award


The "Good Shepherd Award" is intended to recognize sheep producers who have made valuable contributions to the sheep industry in Alberta.​​ To nominate someone, please fill out the application below.

Shepherds Honoured in the Past

1992 Chester Fowler

1993 Jack Francis

1994 Helen Annis

1997 Ross Mouser

1997 Joyce McCart

1997 Bill and Marian Stephen

1999 Gordon Fulton

1999 Mike Rieberger

1999 Lana Cadsand

2001 Peggy Newman

2005 Gerry Schneider

2009 Clarence and Karen Jones

2009 John and Edith Williams

2013 Alan and Liz Breakey

2013 John and Nel Haarman

2013 Sue Hosford 

2015 Gwen Hopkins

2017 Glen and Kathy Parker

2019 Dr Ileana Wenger & Dan Sinclair, Dr Chris Clark, Roger Albers

Shepherds Past Memorial

This memorial came into being as a way to recognize and honor those who have made a contribution to the Canadian sheep industry.   

Canadian Co-operative Woolgrowers in Lethbridge has agreed to donate wall space in their store to hang the board.  

If there is a past producer who you feel has made a contribution to the Canadian sheep industry or who has positively influenced or helped you personally you are welcome to include them in this memorial.  

To have someone’s name added simply fill out the form  and send it to Warren or Norine along with $10.00 to cover the cost of having their name put on the board.   

Please forward your request to:  


Warren & Norine Moore Box 203, Stavely, Alberta T0L 1Z0  

Phone:  (403) 549-2464    FAX:  (403) 549-2465 email: 

Make your cheque payable to: Warren and Norine Moore 

2018 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Garret Crawford!


"My name is Garret Crawford, I grew up in the town of Didsbury but we farm west of Carstairs. We have a mixed farming operation consisting of cattle and sheep. My mom has purebred Charollais sheep and a commercial flock and I have my own purebred Romanov flock of sheep. I have been active in 4-H for 10 years, where I’ve shown cattle and sheep. My real passion is with the sheep and I really enjoyed showing the sheep at the 2017 Canadian Sheep Classic for my family and Half Diamond Farms. I’m presently attending college out at Three Hills Alberta where I’m taking the EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) program. I would like to thank the ASBA for picking me to receive this scholarship which will help me accomplish my schooling."    Garret