8TH N.B. ORGANIC FORUM . . . ISLAND RESIDENT JEANNETTE GALLANT CHOSEN AS 2014 NATIONAL 4-H VOLUNTEER LEADER OF THE YEAR . . . UNDERSTANDING GENERATION Y . . . NATIONAL FARMERS UNION IN N.B. 8TH ANNUAL AGM . . .
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8TH N.B. ORGANIC FORUM
Source: ACORN The 8th N.B. Organic Forum is an annual opportunity for the N.B. organic community to join together that is open to everyone! This year’s agenda features lots of important sector updates and discussions, as well as plenty of time for socializing with your organic peers. To start the day, the N.B. Organic Committee would like to invite everyone to join for a lunch meet and greet – come share a simple meal and join in a farmer-led discussion on major farm challenges and goals for 2015. February 16, 1pm to 5pm, Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Fredericton, N.B. (read more)
ISLAND RESIDENT JEANNETTE GALLANT CHOSEN AS 2014 NATIONAL 4-H VOLUNTEER LEADER OF THE YEAR
The Prince Edward Island 4-H Council has announced that long-time 4-H volunteer leader Jeanette Gallant has been named winner of the 2014 National 4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year Award. Gallant, a resident of Wellington, is currently Co-Overall Leader of the Evangeline 4-H Club.
“We are thrilled that the National Council is honoring Jeanette’s many contributions to the 4-H program on P.E.I. over the past 25 years,” explains P.E.I. 4-H Council President, Sally Ripley. “She embodies so many of the qualities of our very valuable volunteer leaders. Our organization would stop operating without the countless hours of time and talents these individuals share with our membership right across the Island.”
The award was created to recognize the significant role volunteer leaders play in the 4-H program across the country. Nominations for the award are submitted by member reference letters and recommendations. A national judging panel selected 11 provincial winners and one national winner. As national winner, Gallant will receive $1,000 and will attend the 2015 4-H Canada Leadership in Ottawa in February where she will be presented with her award.
“Jeannette’s a champion on so many fronts, including her full-time employment as Provincial Coordinator of the Acadian Games, “adds P.E.I. 4-H Administrative Director, Kelly Mullaly.” She brings a wealth of experience and skills to our organization and this award is a wonderful way to acknowledge that fact. We’re very pleased the members of her club took the initiative to nominate her.”
In addition to co-leading the Evangeline 4-H club, Gallant is a representative for the Summerside 4-H District. This past September, she and her husband, Jules – also a long-time 4-H leader – acted as chaperones for the Island’s 4-H Dairy Team, which competed at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.
P.E.I. 4-H is a non-profit youth leadership organization that serves 600 members in 27 clubs across Prince Edward Island.
UNDERSTANDING GENERATION Y
There are four distinct generations involved in agriculture and all have different values and ideas about work. The traditionalist (born prior to 1946) is very conservative and places high value on long work hours and getting promoted through the system. Baby boomers (1946-1964) share traditionalist values of hard work and getting the job done – but are more likely to take calculated risks. Generation X (1965-1976) is most loyal to individual bosses, but not companies or organizations. They tend to be critical thinkers, wanting facts before making decisions. Gen Xers also add skills and take additional education to improve their career path. All three have challenges understanding Generation Y (1977-1995). In many cases, younger Gen Ys are viewed as “entitled.” Agriculture needs younger Gen Ys, but there can be communication issues with the older generations. (read more)
NATIONAL FARMERS UNION IN N.B. 8TH ANNUAL AGM
The NFUNB AGM is open to all and the day will be filled with speakers on the topic of thriving rural communities. Presentations include: The Great N.B. Comeback, keynote address by Carl Duivenvoorden; Modern Co-operatives: Revitalizing Rural Communities, Eric Tusz-King of the Cooperative Enterprise Council of N.B.; The Art of Farm Taxes, James Douglass of James C. Douglass Tax Service. AGM will be held at the Centre Communautaire Sainte Anne, Fredericton, N.B., Sunday, March 15, 2015, 10 am - 5 pm. (read more)
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