Admiration for the important role of the Cochrane Historical Archival Preservation Society (CHAPS) has led to a donation by the United Farmers of Alberta (UFA).

Annually, Pauline Hjaite, a UFA delegate for the Calgary region, has the opportunity to select one recipient of a community grant. This year, she selected the volunteer organization that preserves the history of the Cochrane area. She presented a $500 cheque earlier today (Aug.14).

"I really like CHAPS connection to the history of the area and also the great work they're doing here at the museum," says Hjaite. "I think it's important to educate members of the community about our heritage."

CHAPS president Larry Want says the funds were unsolicited and was pleased when Hjaite reached out.

"Pauline contacted me and told me what she was doing. I think it's fantastic. We're very pleased that she chose us."

While no specific project has been earmarked for the funds, there is no shortage of ways it can be used.

The UFA has a history of giving back to the communities they serve, including Cochrane. In January, they donated $800 to the Cochrane Curling Club, $200 each for their men's, women's, mixed and youth bonspiels.