Agribition honours women

They are cattle breeders and politicians, teachers and entrepreneurs,

but above all, they are women who work hard to build agriculture and

rural communities.

About 20 women from the three prairie provinces were recognized in a

new program at Canadian Western Agribition.

Faces and Voices of Rural Western Canada was developed to increase

awareness of women’s achievements and roles, said Jill Clark, marketing

manager for Agribition.

“This is to give visibility to the contribution women have made in

agriculture and to rural communities.”

Millie Boake of Rocky Mountain House, Alta., was thrilled to be present

at Agribition for formal recognition at a display in the Prairie

Lifestyles area. The display included pictures and biographies of the

women recognized this year.

“It’s a great honour to be selected out of so many women doing so many

great things,” she said.

Boake and her family have purebred Angus and Shorthorn herds. She is

active in various organizations and is an Alberta Cattle Commission

delegate. She was the first woman to judge Herefords at the Pacific

National Exhibition in Vancouver.

Doreen Holden is past-president of Saskatchewan Women’s Institutes and

has been a WI member for 35 years. She has also been involved in

community groups and 4-H.

“It feels good,” she said of the recognition given by Regina’s farm


Other women recognized this year were involved in Alberta Women’s

Institutes, the National Farmer’s Union, Saskatchewan Women’s

Entrepreneurs, Southwest Farm Women’s Network, Manitoba Women’s

Institutes and Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference.

Clark said she hopes the program will expand every year and include

women from more organizations.

It may eventually include a conference-type setting with speakers and

discussion forums, she said.

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