Kent fed­er­a­tion rec­og­nizes com­mu­nity mem­bers

The Chatham Daily News - - NEWS - TOM MOR­RI­SON

The Kent Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture has hon­oured nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity mem­bers with awards and re-elected its pres­i­dent dur­ing its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing Wed­nes­day.

Mayor Dar­rin Can­niff and for­mer coun­cil­lor Leon Le­clair, who also farms in Grande Pointe, re­ceived Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Award in recognition of their roles as co-chairs of the 2018 In­ter­na­tional Plow­ing Match and Ru­ral Expo in Pain Court.

Can­niff said the award is re­ally for the roughly 1,000 vol­un­teers who worked on the five-day event in Septem­ber.

“I was so sur­prised to get an email about the award and just ab­so­lutely thrilled,” he said. “We were talk­ing about how this is the 40th year (of the award) and the names on that list – there are pretty amaz­ing peo­ple on there, so just to be named in the same sen­tence with them, what a thrill.”

The new mayor said the fed­er­a­tion pro­vides a “strong voice” for the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try, which makes up a large part of Chatham Kent.

He said the IPM showed what can hap­pen when the whole com­mu­nity works to­gether.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the ru­ral-ur­ban di­vide not even dis­cussed any­more be­cause we are one com­mu­nity,” said Can­niff. “That’s what we’re go­ing to be striv­ing to­gether to move to­wards is that one com­mu­nity as­pect.”

Le­clair, who did not run for re-elec­tion this year, was ab­sent from the award pre­sen­ta­tion. Kim Cooper, the agri­cul­tural spe­cial­ist at the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Chatham Kent, ac­cepted the award in his place.

The fed­er­a­tion also pre­sented a schol­ar­ship to Matthew Laevens, who is work­ing on his bach­e­lor of sci­ence in agri­cul­ture at the Univer­sity of Guelph.

He grew up on a small veg­etable farm in Chatham and watch­ing his fa­ther and grand­fa­ther man­age the op­er­a­tion led him to pur­sue an ed­u­ca­tion in agri­cul­ture.

Steve Piche, also ab­sent, re­ceived the Ed Camp­bell Me­mo­rial Award for KFA di­rec­tor of the year.

He be­gan his ca­reer at the In­ter­na­tional Truck Plant in Chatham in 1973 be­fore work­ing from 1975 to 1982 for a farm drainage con­trac­tor and ob­tain­ing a Class A tile in­stal­la­tion li­cence from the On­tario Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs.

Piche then be­came in­volved in the truck­ing in­dus­try, de­liv­er­ing pro­duce through­out Canada and the U.S. In 1986, he ac­cepted the works su­per­in­ten­dent po­si­tion in Til­bury East, which in­volved mu­nic­i­pal drainage.

Fol­low­ing the amal­ga­ma­tion of Chatham-Kent, he be­came the drainage su­per­in­ten­dent for Rom­ney, Til­bury East and West Raleigh. He re­tired with 30 years of ser­vice in Chatham-Kent in 2016.

Since re­tire­ment, he joined the Kent Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture as a di­rec­tor, hav­ing pre­vi­ously been an On­tario Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture mem­ber.

Piche has worked his fam­ily farm in the Glen­wood/Mer­lin area for over 50 years.

As a Kent fed­er­a­tion di­rec­tor, he has been in­volved on the IPM and in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tees. He is also the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and an OFA pol­icy ad­vi­sor coun­cil­lor.

Ron Faubert ran un­op­posed for KFA and re­tained his po­si­tion by ac­cla­ma­tion for an­other year.

Mem­bers elected Harry Law­son and Jay Cun­ning­ham as vi­cepres­i­dents, with Piche also on the bal­lot.

The board also came up with 14 out of 15 di­rec­tor po­si­tions filled. The last spot will be ap­pointed at a fu­ture meet­ing.

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