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Seven Leaders to be Inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame

In 2021, seven agricultural leaders will be inducted into Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame. Their influences range from general farm organization, beef industry and industry tribunal leadership to agricultural extension, agricultural law and improvements to animal welfare, horticultural and agronomy.

Stan Eby, Roger George, Herbert Norry, Delbert O’Brien, the late Dr. Terry O’Connor, Dr. Peter Sikkema and the late Doug Williams have all been selected by the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association (OAHF) as worthy candidates based on their life-long contributions to Ontario’s agriculture.

The seven will be recognized in a virtual induction ceremony on June 13, bringing the number of inductees to 240. At the same ceremony, the four inductees from 2020 will be recognized including the late John Curtis, Dianne Harkin, (William) Brian Little and the late (William) Murray Mills.

The 2020 ceremony was cancelled due to COVID-19.

To qualify for this prestigious recognition, inductees must have demonstrated visionary leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship as well as leaving a lasting legacy to the advancement of agriculture in Ontario.

The OAHF received more submissions in 2020 than it had received for many years with nomination packages reviewed by the Board of Directors at its December meeting. Dr. Deb Stark, President of OAHF noted, “The caliber of the nominations this year was exceptional. We appreciated the work that had been put into them by their nominating organizations. It was a tough decision to choose the seven but we’re confident that their contributions are worthy and they have all contributed greatly to the industry

Stan Eby was nominated by Beef Farmers of Ontario.  Roger George was nominated by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and OAHF inductee Terry Daynard.  Herb Norry was nominated by OAHF inductee Art Bennett, Jean Bennett and Mary Ellen Norry Car.  Delbert O’Brien was nominated by the Renfrew County Federation of Agriculture and Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario.  Dr. Terry O’Connor was nominated by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and the York Region Federation of Agriculture.  Dr. Peter Sikkema was nominated by Dr. Nader Soltani, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus.  Doug Williams was nominated by OAHF inductee Ken Knox.

The 2021 virtual induction ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 13, 2021. Tickets are free and are available on the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame’s website at www.oahf.on.ca.

It is the mission of the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association to acknowledge, record, and preserve the contributions made by leaders to the growth and development of Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food industry. To date, 240 worthy candidates have been inducted into the Hall of Fame gallery. www.oahf.on.ca

 

For more information contact:

Dr. Deb Stark, President

Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association

Phone: (519) 994-4900

Email: dobstar@porchlight.ca

Susan Fitzgerald, Secretary/Treasurer

Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association

Phone: (519) 669-3350

Email: susan.tfio@bell.net

 

 

 

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