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ECFWA - The Nib - April 2022
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The Nib - April 2022

In this edition


Prez says
Upcoming events
ECFWA Photo Contest
Recent webinars
Join our board
Lifetime Member nominations
Welcome to our new members
Renew your membership
Niblets


 

Prez says


The saying goes that Spring brings with it new beginnings, and this is true for ECFWA. After a year of Zoom calls and email chains, the 2021-2022 ECFWA board of directors met for their last meeting this term. I want to thank everyone for giving their time and helping plan professional development events, send out updates, and assist ECFWA in whatever capacity they could. You should all be very proud of what you have contributed this year in what has certainly been a bit of a whirlwind. It has been a real pleasure working with all of you. Special thanks to those stepping down from the board: Suzanne Atkinson, Marty Brett, Meghan Burke, Bob Reid, & Jacob Lucs. The generous donation of your time and willingness to lend a hand in planning events etc. has not gone unnoticed. Thank you for your dedication to this great organization and helping this rookie president along the way.
 
Given the turnover this year, we are looking for a few more people to step forward for to be directors-at-large on next year’s Board of Directors. If you or someone you know may be interested in joining the board, please do not hesitate to let Rachel, Mary or I know!
 
It’s hard to believe we are just over a month away from our IN-PERSON annual general meeting. Our AGM is scheduled for May 17, and it is shaping up to be a fantastic event. I want to give a special thanks to our second vice-president Suzanne Atkinson who took the lead in planning this year’s meeting, pulling together a fabulous agenda. (Technically, Suzanne has been leading the planning of the AGM for more than two years now as COVID threw a wrench in our AGM plans last year. We are doubly grateful she was willing to take on the task again this year!). I hope you will all be able to join us in Alderville, Ont., which is sure to be a great day learning about the area, its history and the people who call the region home. It’s also a great opportunity to meet up with some of your fellow ECFWA members whom you may not have seen outside of a Zoom screen for a while. Visit ecfwa.ca for registration details and other additional info about the AGM.
 
A friendly reminder that ECFWA memberships expire on April 30, so please keep an eye out in your inboxes for your renewal notices soon. We hope you will all continue to be a part of this organization! We will also be sending out information about the annual photo contest shortly, so time to dust off those camera lenses.
 
I hope the spring planting season goes smoothly for those of you actively farming and those of you with livestock who are blessed with healthy younglings. After a long, hard winter, I cannot wait to ditch the heavy winter jacket and boots and see the world wake up again! As always, my email (johnsonthree@shaw.ca) is open should you have any ideas on events, professional development, or other activities you think our ECFWA membership might find to be helpful or fun. Please do not hesitate to reach out.
 
See you all in Alderville,
 
­-Kelsey
 

Upcoming events

We are excited to start seeing our ECFWA colleagues IN PERSON at upcoming events. We will continue to offer PD sessions by Zoom – watch your email for upcoming webinars from ECFWA, CFWF, and IFAJ.

May 17, 2022: ECFWA AGM
We're heading to central Ontario for our first in-person event in more than two years! With stops at the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre in Colborne, Roseneath Agricultural Society's Carousel, and the Alderville First Nation, we have lots of exciting things on-tap for our tour and AGM. FREE REGISTRATION includes lunch.   Register online.

September 29-October 1: CFWF Conference
Save the date! Saskatchewan Farm Writers are excited to host our annual Farm Writers gathering. 

June 28-July 3, 2023: IFAJ Conference
The annual international gathering of farm writers will be held in Olds, Alberta. You won't want to miss this event!

ECFWA photo contest

Enter now!

Submit your entries in the categories of People, Places and Things.

Winning entries will be announced at the ECFWA AGM on May 17.

Deadline to enter: April 29.

Prizes:
Winner in each category $200
Finalist in each category $100

Find out more on the ECFWA website.

 

Webinars

Past ECFWA webinars are available on the ECFWA members-only page of our website.Email secretarytreasurer@ecfwa.ca to get the password.

More webinars are available on the CFWF and IFAJ websites. 
ECFWA's three Lifetime Members shared the highlights of their careers and their advice for new or developing professionals. Find out more about the CFWF mentorship program! 
Learn more about sustainability in the 2022 IFAJ Congress's host country, Denmark.https://www.ifaj.org/our-programmes/webinars/

Lifetime member nominations

The ECFWA board of directors will accept nominations for Lifetime Member until April 18. Please visit our website for more information about the criteria or how to nominate someone.

Join our board!

We will be electing new board members at our upcoming AGM on May 17. Have you ever thought about getting more involved in ECFWA? If so, contact past president Rachel Telford to find out more!

Time to renew!

2021 memberships expire April 30.

Visit our website to find out how to renew your membership. 

Welcome to our new members

Amber Anderson
Lauren Miller
Amanda Miersma
Michelle deNijs
Christa Ormistson

Niblets

ECFWA member and CFWF Administrator Norma Tolhurst, Michael O'Farrell, and big sister Eleanor, are pleased to welcome the newest member of their family: Elizabeth Anne O'Farrell born February 3rd, 2022. 

 
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Contact: Mary Feldskov, secretarytreasurer@ecfwa.ca


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