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Welcome to the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies. The OAAS is the provincial association representing over 200 Agricultural Societies from across the province. Its mission is to act as a resource and a united voice for its Members by providing leadership through education and communication to encourage them to promote agriculture and a rural way of life in Ontario.
In Ontario Agricultural Societies are governed by the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act. Their purpose is seen as being a community organization mandated with preserving and celebrating the rural way of life in Ontario. As the provincial association, the OAAS primary focus is to assist its Members in achieving their own respective goals.
The OAAS is governed by a Board consisting of a Provincial Director from each of the fifteen districts in the province. These 15 Board Members, with four Executive Members provide leadership to the association.
With respect to staff resources, the OAAS is managed by Vince Brennan, Office Manager and Kathryn Lambert, Convention Administrator.
The highlight of the year for the OAAS is the annual convention, which takes place in mid-February. The convention, which brings together upwards of 1000 delegates from all across the province, provides the OAAS Members with education, information, and networking opportunities that are meant to improve the operations of the individual Agricultural Societies.
The OAAS encourages visitors to this website to visit the many pages inside and learn about the organization, its Members and the great job that Agricultural Societies are doing in Celebrating Rural Ontario..
Amy Natyshak from Comber Agricultural Society Crowned 2016 CNE Ambassador of the Fairs
(Toronto, ON) August 22, 2016 – The Canadian National Exhibition is proud to announce Amy Natyshak from Comber Fair (Comber Agricultural Society) as the winner of the 45th annual Ambassador of the Fairs Competition. More than 70 contestants, aged 18 to 25, represented agricultural fairs across Ontario as they competed over three days at the CNE, with the top seven finalists participating in the final round of the competition on Sunday, August 21 inside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The first runner-up was Kayla Veldman from Stratford and the second runner-up was Myra Kiezebrink from Sunderland.
NOTE: The current role of the District Agricultural and Homecraft Directors will be amended to remove their participation on the OAAS Board. Those functions will be moved to the new Provincial Director position.
Here are some suggested guidelines as to the Roles and Responsibilities of the District Directors, recognizing that their Roles and Responsibilities will vary from district to district.
The OAAS is a non-profit organization incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act 1988. The role of the Board of directors is to provide overall leadership for the association and to ensure that its mission and vision are fulfilled.
The Board of Directors meet a minimum of 4 times / year. Directors are expected to prepare for, attend and participate in these very important meetings. Agendas and information packages will be sent via email prior to each meeting. Each Director will also be expected to participate and take an active role in a number of operational and convention committees.
No matter what other skills a board member has, he or she must have these:
- A passion for the cause
- Respect for others
- Works well with a team (a team player)
- Thoughtful ability to consider issues, and to articulate those thoughts
- A sense of responsibility for making things happen
- The vision to think beyond today