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New volunteer recognition for OFAs 75th anniversary

GUELPH - Outstanding volunteers will receive special recognition by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture with the announcement of the organization’s 75th anniversary celebration awards.

Nominations are now being accepted at each county and regional federation of agriculture office for OFA members who work diligently to promote agriculture, lobby on behalf of farmers and raise awareness of agricultural issues.

To mark OFA’s 75 years of farm advocacy, regional or county level volunteers will be chosen from all the applications, as well as one outstanding provincial volunteer. Nominees will be evaluated on their OFA volunteer work, general volunteer activities, impact of volunteer work and other outstanding strengths. Each regional or county winner will receive a commemorative anniversary farm gate sign. The provincial winner will be announced at the OFA annual meeting and convention in November.

“We are proud to be celebrating 75 years of advocating for Ontario’s farmers – and volunteers are a huge part of our success,” said OFA president Bette Jean Crews.

“A recent study indicated 46 per cent of Canadians actively volunteer, and many of them can be found in agricultural or rural areas. OFA volunteers are vital to the organization because without them OFA would not be the longstanding successful farm organization it is today,” she said.

For more information about the county or regional awards contact your local federation of agriculture secretary, member service representative or the OFA provincial office at 1-800-668-3276. Nomination deadline for the OFA provincial award is Oct. 1.



September 16, 2011


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