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Equestrian Canada looks for committee members

Applications are open until Jan. 31 for people interested in volunteering on one of Equestrian Canada’s operational committees that will have vacancies starting in 2021.

The committees provide guidance and counsel to management to develop specified areas of interest as they relate to the organization’s vision, mission and core values.

They work closely with each other and management to deliver their mandates.

Submit a resume and letter of interest to the Equestrian Canada staff person assigned to the committee.

The applicant’s name, Equestrian Canada Sport Licence number and/or PTSO number must be included in the application.

Vacancies starting April 1 include:

  • dressage: three vacancies
  • driving: one vacancy
  • eventing: one vacancy
  • health and welfare: two vacancies
  • jumping: two vacancies
  • national breed sports: two vacancies
  • national rules: three vacancies
  • national stewards: one vacancy
  • para-dressage: three vacancies

More information is in Equestrian Canada’s operational committee manual or contact committee staff.

Fundraising helps COVID-affected African farmers

More than 2,000 donors from across Canada helped the Canadian Foodgrains Bank reach its goal of $770,000 to support small-scale farmers affected by COVID-19.

The money was matched on a 3:1 basis through a federal government special emergency grant.

The grant is funding projects that help approximately 100,000 small-scale farmers and their families in several eastern African countries weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of stay-at-home orders, many farmers were unable to bring their produce to market, which increased food prices and limited availability of food.

The funding support will be used by members for projects in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya.

Programs funded by the grant focus on:

  • Providing agricultural support services to help farmers increase their harvest.
  • Supporting community savings and loans groups so farmers can buy seeds and other inputs.
  • Assisting farmers in getting crops to market.

InVigor Community Challenge makes donations

BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions donated $40,000 on behalf of growers to eight local organizations.

The donation is part of the company’s InVigor Community Challenge, an initiative launched this fall to encourage growers to share their experiences of growing InVigor canola in 2020 for the chance to win a $5,000 donation to a cause of their choosing.

Winners and their respective organizations include:

  • Myles Iussier: Tulloch Memorial Arena, Aborfield, Sask.
  • Brian Kostur Farms: Grand Plains Minor Hockey Association, Ashville, Man.
  • Timik Farms: Camrose Boys and Girls Club, Camrose, Alta.
  • DMG Grain Farm: Holden Agricultural Society, Holden, Alta.
  • McLellan Family Farm: Holdfast Community Green Space, Holdfast, Sask.
  • Vallotton Farms: Wawanesa Wee Care Inc., Wawanesa, Man.
  • Heebner Farms: Vanguard Fire Department, Vanguard, Sask.
  • Wickstrom Farms: Vulcan & District Minor Hockey Association, Vulcan, Alta.

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