The Manitoba Association of Agriculture Societies (MAAS) has honoured three Manitobans with lifetime memberships for their commitment to their local agriculture society and agriculture as a whole.
Jim Knox and Huntley Knox, both of Miami, and Yvonne Jansen of Cypress River received the nod in December.
Jim Knox was born and raised in Miami and has been a lifelong resident — and a longtime member of the Miami Agriculture Society. He currently sits as a member of the board and was president of the organization for more than 15 years.
An active member of the cattle show circuit he’s also known for his devotion to the local beef club, which he also led for 15 years. He’s also been a community leader in other local community organizations.
Knox says he considers agriculture to be his way of life as much as his occupation and he’s very proud to farm the land his grandfather George Knox settled on in 1919.
Yvonne Jansen was raised on a small mixed farm northwest of Pilot Mound, attending a one-room country school through Grade 8, then the collegiate in Pilot Mound. Following her Centennial Year project, as she describes her wedding to husband George, the couple farmed for several years.
She’s been secretary, vice-president and then president of the Cypress River Agricultural Society, serving three years in each position. She’s also been active in other community groups and is noted as a community-oriented citizen.
These days she’s busy operating her sewing business, Yvonne’s Designs, crafting, helping with grandchildren and travelling.
Huntley Knox farms in the Miami district at the top of the Manitoba Escarpment, just west of the village, with his brother Jim and son Dale.
Growing up his parents taught their children that what you put into your community, you reap as benefits. He has been a member of the Miami Agricultural Society for the better part of his life, filling many positions including president. For the past several years he’s been director of the rodeo committee.
He’s also been active in the Miami Beef Club, president of the Canadian Hereford Association and councillor and deputy reeve for the RM of Thompson, as well as many other boards and committees.