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Lane Routledge (left) and Brooke Tolton (right), recipients of Gilchrist’s bursaries in 2015, stop to thank Archie Gilchrist (centre).

Former resident leaves a lasting legacy for Hamiota grads

Archie Gilchrist had been anonymously awarding bursaries for local grads for years, now funds provided by his estate will carry on the tradition

For the past number of years, an anonymous $500 bursary has been presented to two graduating students from Hamiota Collegiate each June. Several things changed this year: the “look” of the graduation and awards ceremony itself, the anonymity and amount of the award. Why it matters: The previously anonymous source of bursaries to Hamiota graduates

COVID-19 is showing us that some of the least-appreciated workers in our society — the workers on the farm, in the food factories and in the grocery stores — are some of the most important.

Editorial: Students and the farm labour crisis

Amidst all the disruption, the suffering and the fear, the one good thing you could say about our ongoing experience with COVID-19 is that it has peeled back the layers of our society to expose the raw — and sometimes unpleasant — truths about what we truly value. When childcare workers can earn more income


Foreign workers starting to arrive, livestock group says

About 2,000 have recently arrived, several thousand more here soon, feeders say

About 2,000 foreign workers have arrived in Canada in recent weeks and more should be here soon, an official with the National Cattle Feeders Association says. “There are about 4,000 more that are expected to arrive shortly, so the process is starting to work,” Janice Tranberg, the association’s president and CEO, said during a telephone

Clockwise from top left: Acey Brinkman, Colin Penner, Jill Martens, Garrett Sawatsky.

University of Manitoba growing next generation of ag experts

U of M’s agriculture diploma program preparing students for an evolving industry

Fast-moving change in the agriculture industry is requiring a whole new level of agility from Canada’s agriculture education institutions. At the University of Manitoba, that’s meant instructors are looking for ways to make students more agile and able to adopt new strategies and tools more quickly and effectively. “We’ve talked with industry that said it’s

Students from Carman Collegiate present on how they taught elementary aged kids about watersheds and conservation at an MCDA conference in Winnipeg on Dec. 4.

Manitoba students turn conservation teachers

High school students developed lesson plans for elementary schoolchildren

Students from Pilot Mound, Swan Valley and Carman won recognition and cash for teaching kids about watershed conservation in the first Healthy Watersheds Student Project competition. “It’s a pleasure to watch these kids,” said Cliff Greenfield, manager of Pembina Valley Conservation District as he announced the first-place winners at a Manitoba Conservation Districts Association conference on Dec. 3. The assignment asked Grade 8 to


Shoal Lake Grade 12 student Austin Tataryn received his laptop from Richardson Pioneer representative Rick Kienas at a June 12 presentation at Shoal Lake School.

Gently used laptops find a new home

Former Richardson employee works with the company to donate surplus machines to high school graduates

Thirty high school students from Shoal Lake and Strathclair each recently received a refurbished laptop thanks to a joint initiative by Shoal Lake School alumna Jennifer Stefansson and Richardson International Limited. The new program is for high school graduates who have contributed to their community but do not have a laptop and intend to pursue

Kristell Harper, MBFI research co-ordinator, agriculture students Andrea Hamilton and Mikayla Rouire and MBFI chair Ramona Blyth at a recent event at the University of Manitoba showcasing student work with the organization.

Getting schooled in agriculture

With more students coming from non-farm backgrounds the 
University of Manitoba is pumping up its ‘experiential learning’ efforts

Growing up in Winnipeg, Antonio Deluca didn’t have much exposure to the farm. These days however, he’s enrolled in the agriculture diploma program at the University of Manitoba, one of an increasing number of non-traditional students pulled into the program by the promise of interesting work and strong employment opportunities. He recently got a hands-on

A hands-on approach to education

U of M ag students getting more ‘experiential learning’ of late

The University of Manitoba’s faculty of agricultural and food sciences is taking a hands-on approach to new educational levels in 2018. Both degree and diploma students will have access to introductory and advanced courses highlighting this learning technique this summer as part of a pilot project at the university. “It’s an ambitious project,” said Craig


A high school rodeo competitor teaches how to grip the bull rope to students from Earl Oxford School Oct. 26.

Students see rodeo first hand

Ag Ex once again brought in the region’s Grades 6-8 students for a look behind the scenes at rodeo

If you asked Brandon’s middle schoolers how a bull rider grips his rope on Oct. 25, you would probably get silence. If you asked the same question a day later, they might be able to answer. Riding rough stock was one, but not the only, topic at the Keystone Centre’s main arena as the region’s

Grade 3-5 students “bid” on animals during the mock auction at Moo!Mania Oct. 24 in Brandon.

Bridging the gap between urban and beef farm

Elementary students from southwest Manitoba beat the Ag Ex crowds Oct. 24 with an agricultural education event around cattle

The day before Ag Ex is all about setup for most, but the festivities were already in full swing for 360 of the region’s Grade 3-5 students. Moo!Mania, the fair’s nod to public education and the cattle industry, returned in the lead-up to the fair. One of three major events organized by the Provincial Exhibition