On the occasion of receiving honorary life membership,
President Ron Hall addressed the awards
luncheon as follows:
Last year, the Association received a letter from John Horn, ALS
(Ret.). We get a phone call or a letter from John at least once a
year and it is always special. This letter read:
has come to my attention, through ALS News, that the
aforementioned Mr. Loeppky, is or soon will be officially retired. I
have known Syd Loeppky for a good number of years and during that
time have seen him donate countless hours of time and effort towards
the improvement and running of our Association. His record of his
time and effort are on file. I hereby propose he be made an honorary
life member.” Council agreed wholeheartedly. Thank you John Horn.
For those of you who don’t know Syd, he received his diploma in
survey technology from SAIT in
after articling to Jack Lamb,
Ron Stothers and
Skinny Bright, received his commission
as an Alberta Land Surveyor on August 19,
He has served on many ALSA committees throughout his career, serving
as president in
Syd received the Association’s Professional Recognition Award in
received the Geomatics Award of Excellence in May
behalf of Stantec Geomatics Ltd - for the
Renaissance Project at the Calgary North Hill Shopping Centre; being
a multi-phased condominium development.
Syd is the recipient of the President’s Award and the Maple Leaf
Award (CHBA), 1986
and received the SAIT Distinguished Alumni Award in
1993 for his
contributions to industry.
Outside of the land surveying community, Syd has been involved in
many different development projects and other initiatives.
Syd, in this introduction I mentioned a number of your professional
accomplishments. Before we actually give you your honorary life
membership, I think it is only fitting that we find out more about
President Ron Hall called upon Syd Loeppky’s daughter, Lona Loeppky-Hickman,
who addressed the awards luncheon as follows:
With the kind permission of the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association,
it is my pleasure and, indeed, my honour today to be able to address
would like to congratulate all the members of the Association here
today on your 100th anniversary and wish you continued success.
would like to pay tribute to a person who has been truly an
inspiration in my life, my father, Mr. Syd Loeppky. Those of you
sitting here at this moment will have the rare opportunity to
witness my father in a moment of surprise. He had no idea I was to
be speaking here today.
am certain that a great many of you here today are aware of the many
awards and accolades that he has received over the years. As his
daughter, I have the unique and special privilege of knowing the man
behind those awards. These awards do not only speak of his
outstanding contributions to his profession, but to the high regard
which he has learned from his family, friends and colleagues over
man of many passions, my father has always been enthusiastic about
everything he does, whether in business or leisure activities. He
has a true love of his craft, that of land surveying and I have many
fond memories of his surveying stories and adventures. When
travelling, he never misses an opportunity to seek out and
photograph survey monuments and brass caps and talk about how it’s
done best in Alberta.
Indeed, all of us possess numerous character traits. Those familiar
to us, would often describe us differently when asked about our
moral fibre. I venture you would find a common thread in my
father—those qualities that are so imbedded in his nature, that they
affect his every action. He strives to be the best always and in
every task that he performs. He has interwoven a thread of strong
integrity and accumen for excellence throughout his character which
does not command but asks for our respect.
My father is a true businessman in every sense of the word, but
those of us close to him know him for his generosity and his
fun-loving sense of humor. I recall one Christmas, when we headed in
to work together and realized, to our shock and dismay, that the
office had been burglarized. The entire front office was a
shambles—paper everywhere, furniture upturned and our beloved Santa
Claus figurine was missing. What I failed to immediately grasp
however, was that the shoe prints on the floor were actually cut out
of paper. A ransom note we received later that day demanded we
collect food for the food bank to which my father rallied our
support. Lo and behold, our beloved St. Nick was eventually returned
safely. The value of charity had new meaning for many of us that
year, thanks to a very kind-hearted kidnapper. Indeed, on many
occasions since, I’ve asked my father about the identity of the
kidnapper and he has always been able to claim ignorance with a
My father has made a profound and deep impact in the lives of others
as a result of his readiness to share his knowledge, experience and
wisdom. There was a time that I came to work for him and I can
honestly say that I have never experienced a more difficult or more
rewarding job. One afternoon, he assigned me the unusual job of
researching the meaning of Julius Caesar’s famous quote “veni vidi
vici.” He pinned the principle on the bulletin board above his desk
and often referred to the adage. Not until some years later did I
come to understand the motto, “I came, I saw, I conquered,” was not
intended for him, but for me.
Always leading by example, he has allowed me and others the
privilege of learning from someone who is not afraid to fail. He is
always open to lending a helping hand, willing to listen and counsel
and not above learning something new himself.
Excellence is something that my father has always demanded for
himself but encouraged in others. I have never been more proud of my
father than I am today. His entrepreneurial spirit, generosity,
gentle humour and wisdom are indeed, all part of his makeup. The
common thread being the standard of distinction that many could only
hope to achieve.
Speaking before you today, I hope that I have somewhat honoured his
legacy of excellence. I would like to congratulate everyone
receiving awards today and Dad, congratulations on your life-time
membership award. I cannot think of anyone more deserving.
Mr. Loeppky addressed the luncheon as follows:
had a big speech made up but I think thank you needs to be really
expressed and thank you to Lona, that was amazing. I had a whole
bunch of little adages I was going to say, especially this morning
with that the future is all about and GPS. I was going to say that one of the most important pieces of equipment
in the truck is the shovel. It isn’t battery operated so you still
need to find the wooden post.
goodness, I’m overwhelmed and I’m truly honoured. Thank you all.