New Additions to the Women in Ag Team!!
Our Women in Ag team is growing!! Women in Ag held their first Annual General Meeting this past February 11th, 2017 at Zu – Digital Agency in Saskatoon, SK. Not only was the room buzzing from all the ideas & projects lined up for 2017, the 9-person team also welcomed 3 new additions to the group to round out the Finance, Events & Membership/Advocacy Committees. The team welcomed Shannon O’Neill, Autumn Lawson & Stephanie McMillan.
Shannon O’Neill will join Jaclyn Baum on the Finance Committee. Shannon, originally from Ontario, moved to Saskatchewan to attend U of S. She now works as an Ag and Commercial Account Manager at the Cornerstone Credit Union in Yorkton, SK. While she isn’t at work or volunteering her time to the Women in Ag team, Shannon enjoys working in various other committees including Cornerstone Young Leaders, Boys and Girls Club of Yorkton Board of Directors, as well as soon to be joining the Board at the Yorkton Exhibition.
Autumn Lawson will join Kelsey Dale on the Events Committee. Autumn is attending her 1st year of Agribusiness at the University of Saskatchewan. She grew up on a small livestock farm where her family operated a meatshop as a value-added business. She attended high school in Rose Valley, SK, and became heavily involved in 4-H and volunteering within the community. Her love for community travelled with her to university where she is involved in Emerging Agriculture and Stockman's. In her spare time, she has a passion for showing horses, as well as cattle, travelling, and running. She is looking forward to what her career in agriculture holds, and is excited to be starting as a summer student with Hawks Agro in April 2017.
Stephanie McMillan will join Jimmi-Lee Jackson on the Membership & Advocacy Committee. Stephanie grew up on a mixed farm outside of Pilger, SK and attended Three Lakes School where she kept busy with school sports and student council. She has had a lifelong passion for training horses, and has travelled across Saskatchewan and Alberta for horse shows. She earned an undergraduate degree from the department of animal science at the University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture and Bioresources in 2012, and then a master’s graduate degree in early 2017. Stephanie currently works as an agronomist with Field Good Agronomics in Humboldt, SK and loves having the opportunity to provide agronomic services to growers and help them with their decisions involving fertility and crop inputs. She is very excited to join the Women in Ag team and looks forward to the growth of the organization.
“The inclusion of Shannon, Autumn and Stephanie to our Women in Ag team adds diversity to our group in a variety of areas; experience & background in the industry, current roles within the industry, age range and even the geography we cover, “says Board Chair Ginelle Pidwerbesky. “This in turn allows us to reach various audiences and progress in our goal of empowering, supporting and connecting women in the Ag industry.”
For more information on the group, please visit our website at www.womeninag.ca or connect with the social media accounts listed below.
The Women in Ag team is currently made of up the following Board Members: Ginelle Pidwerbesky, Kim Keller, Stacey Sagon, Jimmi-Lee Jackson, and Katelyn Duncan. Each board member chairs one of the 7 Committees: Calendar & Sponsorship, Events, Finance, Marketing & Promotions, Membership & Advocacy, and Public Relations, along with additional chair members Ellen Grueter, Tracy Broughton, Kelsey Dale, Shannon O’Neill, Autumn Lawson and Stephanie McMillan.
For information on how to get involved with Women in Ag, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell us a little about yourself, why you are passionate about agriculture, and the committees in which you would are interested in volunteering for.