Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Things are getting busy in Ontario!

What an eventful summer it has been so far! The last three weeks have been quite hectic to say the least. During the last week of May, I attended the Schomberg Fair. This was my second outing with 113 cattle in attendance and 36 junior members. This event showcased high quality red and black Angus alike.



After the next couple weeks, I was able to attend the Brooklin Fair. I participated in the “Youth Days” where I spoke to 300 students about the Canadian Junior Angus Association and what it has to offer. During this event, I also was able to have a display. With this, I spoke to many youth prospects as well as many Angus consumers. On the final day of the fair, I assisted with the junior and open beef show. It was a great display of Angus cattle with 33 Angus cattle in attendance. My weekend at Brooklin Fair was filled with fun, learning and excitement!


The morning after the final day at Brooklin Fair, I travelled up to Huntsville, in northern Ontario. With a lot of preparation, I was able to attend two schools. My day started at 9a.m. at V.K Greer Public School. The first class was a grade 2/3 split. The class was very eager to learn about Angus cattle and the Canadian junior Angus Association (CJAA), and rest assured, the silly bands were a hit! The second class consisted of grade 3 and 4. The students thoroughly enjoyed dress-up segment of the presentation and were very involved throughout! During the afternoon, I drove to another school in Huntsville, Riverside Public School.  As for all of the presentations, I started by having the students dress up demonstrating who is involved in the Angus beef industry. This class was a highlight from my past three weeks. All of the students were very engaged in my presentation and continually asked questions. It was a very rewarding experience teaching students about my passion, Angus cattle.


After a day working at home, I was back on the road travelling to another school, Dunsford Elementary School. During this visit, I spoke to three different classes. My day started speaking to grade 3’s followed by a grade 5 class and finished with grade 4 ‘s.  Most of these students had a farming background and were even apart of the CJAA and 4-H. At the end of my presentation, if there was a few minutes remaining, I had students share their experiences within the CJAA and 4-H. It was great to hear so many positive stories as well as other students becoming very eager to join!


The past three weeks have been remarkable to say the least! I have greatly enjoyed speaking with youth about all of the great Angus programs as well as 4-H. It has truly been a rewarding experience thus far and I cannot wait to see what the rest of my summer has in store!

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