A team of lead­ers makes IPM pos­si­ble

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BY AN­GELA BROWN

News Staff It takes a spe­cial per­son to be able to co­or­di­nate all the events and ac­tiv­i­ties in plan­ning the up­com­ing In­ter­na­tional Plow­ing Match and Ru­ral Expo in Finch, and chair Jim Brownell is cer­tainly the right man for the job.

His ex­pe­ri­ence in pol­i­tics gives him an edge in be­ing able to lead a vast num­ber of peo­ple and com­mit­tees while keep­ing track of the main ob­jec­tive to see a task through to com­ple­tion.

“I’ve led a lot of teams through­out my life-time,” he says.

The for­mer Stor­mon­tDun­das-Char­lot­ten­burgh MPP, who re­sides in Long Sault, is also Hon. Lt-Col of the Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry High­landers Reg­i­ment, and pres­i­dent of the Lost Vil­lages His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

He started work on the Plow­ing Match plan­ning in April, 2012 af­ter he was se­lected as chair of the steer­ing com­mit­tee.

“The plow­ing match has re­ally con­sumed my life in the last lit­tle while,” Mr. Brownell says.

He re­cently met with On­tario Premier Kath­leen Wynne’s chair of the eastern re­gion to dis­cuss plans for the event, to make sure all the de­tails were in place. The Premier will be at­tend­ing the match Septem­ber 22.

Mr. Brownell says he hasn’t en­coun­tered any chal­lenges in or­ga­niz­ing the event so far, with ev­ery­thing “run­ning smoothly.”

The up­beat of­fi­cial has been work­ing with many area vol- un­teers for this mas­sive un­der­tak­ing that is be­ing over­seen by the On­tario Plow­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion, based in Guelph.

Mr. Brownell says while he is the pro­ject leader, it is the col­lec­tive man­power that is re­ally get­ting the plan­ning un­der­way.

“We have a very strong team,” says Mr. Brownell. “It’s re­ally the team that is putting this to­gether. We have a won­der­ful board of di­rec­tors of nine, and with 53 com­mit­tees work­ing. It takes some great lead­ers and we have got them.”

All the var­i­ous com­mit­tees have been meet­ing ev­ery three months since 2012 and are now meet­ing monthly. “Over 100 peo­ple come out to those allchairs meet­ings. It’s just amaz­ing the num­ber of peo­ple who are in­volved,” Mr. Brownell says. A re­cent all-chairs meet­ing was held in Char-Lan arena with more than 100 peo­ple at­tend­ing.

The board of di­rec­tors has been get­ting to­gether monthly.

The group of vol­un­teers in­cludes North Glen­garry Mayor Chris McDonell, who is help­ing plan se­cu­rity at the gates.

“There is lead­er­ship for you right there,” he says.

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