Cliff Breitkreuz - Hometown Hero


Cliff was born on the family farm just outside of Onoway and, although his career choices took him to many different parts of the province (and country), that farm was always home and it is where he spent most of his life.


Cliff took his schooling in Onoway, went to university and returned in 1971 to begin his career as a teacher at Onoway Jr. Sr. High School. At the same time he purchased the family farm from his parents and named it "Russada" in recognition of his parents’ homeland. Over the years Cliff served the Onoway area as a Lac Ste. Anne County school trustee and county councillor, then served a broader base when he was elected as the Member of Parliament from Yellowhead in 1993. He served two terms then returned to full-time farming back in Onoway.


The Breitkreuz family celebrated the 70th anniversary of homesteading and farming in 2005, then was awarded the AMA/Northlands Farm Family Award in 2010.


The Onoway and District Historical Guild recognizes the contributions of Cliff Breitkreuz to the citizens of Onoway and Lac Ste. Anne County and his stalwart role in agriculture. We salute Cliff Breitkreuz as our Hometown Hero! A small exhibit touching on some of his accomplishments is currently on display at the Onoway Museum. A very unique component is the chair that was Cliff’s when he sat as Yellowhead’s MP in Ottawa.

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Last Updated: October 19, 2017