|The ice breakers were fun and gave us some funny pictures|
|The formal dinner|
After a morning of educational and inspirational learning, we then began the fun activities of the afternoon at the West Edmonton Mall, where we had the choice to go shopping, to the water park, or to Galaxyland. The water park was a ton of fun with the wave pool and water slides! After the entertaining afternoon, we then went back for dinner and a couple more speakers where we learned how to build our leadership skills as the future of the beef industry and in any life aspect we may endure. Jane Halford, CAF Director and Bob Hahn, CAA Director did a great job of getting the Junior members to interact with each other as well recognize leadership skills and gave us some tools to grow and be thankful for these abilities. We closed the evening with a singing bee with some very enthusiastic singers and commentators!
Monday was the wrap up of our 2017 GOAL Conference and we began with a talk from Karla Ness, CAA Director of Member Engagement, Brooke Bablitz, CJAA Alberta Director and Raina Syrnyk, CJAA President & Manitoba Director about the endless opportunities within the Junior Association and the Canadian Angus Foundation, I encourage everyone to apply for all of these opportunities because I surely wouldn't be where I am today without these bursaries to attend events such as GOAL and Showdown. Next up was Clint Morasch from Bow Valley Genetics & Lazy MC Angus; he talked about their facility, embryo transfer and IVF and answered many questions that the members had since some of us have never been a part of these areas of the industry. Jamie McAllister, a beef/dairy nutritionist specialist talked to us about interpreting a feed sample analysis and what to look for when doing so. Next was the most exciting part of the day, the announcement of the Legacy Scholarship winners and the World Angus Forum Youth Team Members! Congrats to the members on each of the three teams and good luck in Scotland; represent Canadian Angus and our country proudly! Team Aspire is Meghan McGillivray, Cole Dodgson, Macy Liebreich, and Kelly Somerville; Team Believe is Michaela Chalmers, Travis Hunter, Wade Olnyk, and Kelsey Ribey, and Team Courage is Katie Wright, Maguire Blair, Bailey Dietrich, and Raina Syrnyk.
|Morgan McIntyre, Brandy Thaxter, Naomi Best|
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