Alberta Beef Producers is bidding farewell to our longest running employee. After 20 years of service, Laura Procunier, ABP Controller, is taking her much earned retirement. Laura joined ABP in 2002 during the height of BSE and quickly proved she was up for a challenge, becoming an integral part of the organization. In her words, she had just completed her first audit and was extremely pleased with how it went – then BSE hit and she spent the next 20 years playing catch up.
With a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and a CPA designation, Laura has provided financial guidance through three changes in leadership and a multitude of elected board and executive members. She spent time as staff support to the Cattle Industry Council and Audit Committee, and offered in-kind bookkeeping to Cows and Fish.
Laura saw the organization through the implementation of a refundable check-off, and received annual praise for her meticulous work on year-end audits. As Chief Returning Officer, delegates could always count on her encouragement to run for various elected positions. When COVID forced the Annual General Meetings online, Laura worked with a programmer to develop a voting tool that upheld the organization’s high standards of safeguarding election protocols.
Delegates and staff could trust that Laura had their best interests at heart, handling any task – no matter the level of importance – with thoughtful kindness and sound guidance. She was always ready to offer a helping hand with a smile on her face.
ABP thanks you, Laura for 20 years of support and dedication to Alberta’s beef industry. We wish you a happy retirement filled with family, relaxation, and plenty of gardening.