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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..
Stirling, Ontario, April 5, 2016. As part of the organization’s ongoing operational plan for renewal, the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) has recently hired an Office Manager to support the board, executive and organization members across Ontario.
In announcing Vince Brennan, from Stirling, Ontario as the new hire, Elaine Rennie, President of the OAAS noted that “filling this position is another step in our ‘moving forward’ plan for the OAAS and we are on the right track to be more effective, efficient and relevant for our members in to the future”. Rennie went on to note that “Vince brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Office Manager position from his various current and past organization roles”.
Here is a video of the welcoming address by Agricultural Minister Leal at our Convention.
Attached are details of the Bernardin Home Canning Award sponsorships for 2016 (see PDF file attachment below). If you are unable to open the file and/or would like to receive a hard copy via mail, provide us with an address and we will send it out to you.
You will find that Bernardin has added a National Creative Contest in 2016. So be sure to send us the winners declaration form and photo of the winning Creative Craft entry for automatic entry into the contests. This should be fun as we hope to post these photos on the Bernardin Website to share all the amazing creative ideas among all.
Complete and return to us the enclosed Bernardin confirmation form and then we will put you on the list to receive the Bernardin prize package 2-3 weeks prior to the start of your fair.
The Country Fair Baking Contests and its sponsor Smuckers Foods of Canada are back again celebrating our 28th anniversary. Our sponsors are again offering wonderful prizes, rosette ribbons for the winners, recipe booklets and store coupons to liven up your Home Craft Exhibit.
The announcement includes:
- Letter to Home Craft Contest Conveners
- List of Contests
- Confirmation of Interest Form
- Terms and Conditions
- Sponsors Web sites