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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..
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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Download this booklet to show you many low-cost and no-cost things you can do to make your event more inclusive. It also includes a checklist so you can be sure that everyone can participate.
Whether you’re planning your first or 21st small community event, this guide is for you!
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.