Glencoe, Ontario, February 29, 2016. Markham Fair representative and past board member from District 5 Elaine Rennie was elected as Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) president for a one-year term at the annual convention in Toronto February 18 to 20, 2016. Over 150 voting agricultural societies confirmed Ms. Rennie and also accepted a newly revised governance plan.
“We are pleased that our membership supports making significant changes to bring the association into the 21st century,” says Ms. Rennie. “Board members have been working towards a new structure for many years and we appreciate their vision and hard work.”
Voting societies passed a newly revised constitution which will downsize the board of directors from 30 to 15 members and remove the agriculture and home craft leadership titles. This change will take effect February 2017 and is the result of a working governance committee supported by staff of the Rural Ontario Institute.
Judy McFaul of Russell Agricultural Society, Brian Slaughter of Forest Agricultural Society and Catherine Redden of Campbellford-Seymour Agricultural Society will join Ms. Rennie’s executive as first and second vice present and past president respectively.
Themed “Celebrate Rural Ontario”, the convention attracted over 1000 delegates including 91 fair ambassadors. The event featured seminars on topics including insurance, sponsorship and strategic planning and welcomed author and playwright Dan Needles. Top prizes were awarded in provincial quilt, photography, poster, cookie and bread competitions.
The 2016 convention was sponsored by numerous partners including platinum sponsor Canadian National Exhibition and gold sponsors Dominion Regalia and The Co-operators.
The OAAS acts 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.
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Secretary and Convention Coordinator, Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS)