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Welcome to the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies. The OAAS is the provincial association representing over 220 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 Homecraft Director and an Agricultural Director from each of the fifteen districts in the province. These thirty Board Members, combined 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..
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
The Canadian Association of Fairs & Exhibitions has acquired funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to coordinate a national project on prevention of contamination by E.coli and other enteric pathogens at fairs. Our new project began on April 1, 2015 with a Research Component which is being undertaken in conjunction with scientists at the Lethbridge Agricultural Research Station, and will culminate with workshops being presented in each province in the fall and winter of 2016-17. This will be an important opportunity for participation by all fairs and any other organizations that deal with animal human contact.
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