Of the five innovative agricultural ambassadors selected as the 2021 inductees into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame (CAHFA) one has called Minnedosa home for 45 years.
Johanne Ross, a passionate advocate for agricultural education, lives on her family farm with husband Barry near the Westman community. The industry change maker has dedicated her career to bringing agricultural education into classrooms across Canada.
“We continue to be impressed by the quality of applicants coming to the CAHFA for potential induction, with nominations from across the country and a diversity of experience and accomplishments,” said Trish Jordan, president of the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.
“This year’s inductees have all had a major impact on Canadian agriculture – elevating the profile of Canada’s pulse sector, leading Canada’s beef sector through two major crises, raising agriculture awareness and student literacy in Canadian classrooms, writing the book on Canadian agricultural legal policy and introducing game-changing technology to Canada’s cereals sector. Each are very worthy individuals and we are pleased to have them join hundreds of others who have helped shape Canada’s agricultural reputation.”
Joining Ross on the 2021 list of inductees are Gord Bacon of Winnipeg, Dr. Don Buckingham of Ottawa, Ont., Stan Eby, of Kincardine, Ont., and Dr. Phil Williams of Nanaimo, B.C.
Noted as the latest Minnedosa-area resident to be inducted, Ross, as the executive director of Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, has brought a lifelong leadership role to work with government and industry, ensuring students and educators across Canada have access to relevant, credible and engaging information on the diverse field of agriculture. Ross built a vibrant national network that teaches agriculture in classrooms from her beginnings as executive director of Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba. For more than 20 years, Ross has been a tireless advocate for agriculture and youth.
The 2021 induction ceremony is scheduled Nov. 21 in Winnipeg. The 2020 inductees, Jay Bradshaw, James Halford, Dr. Bryan Harvey, and Dr. Douglas Hedley, will also be formally recognized at the 2021 ceremony as last year’s event was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic.
The CAHFA, organized in 1960, honours and celebrates Canadians for outstanding contributions to the agriculture and food industry.