Rural Leaders Gather to Help Better Communities

first_imgLeaders from agricultural and rural organizations will gather to discuss ways to improve their communities at a conference entitled Creating Partners, Building Communities. The conference will be held from Feb. 7-9 at the Holiday Inn Select, Halifax. “People who lead organizations in rural Nova Scotia are important to the success of our communities,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. “This conference is an excellent opportunity for people to network and improve on the skills that make them successful personally and professionally.” Several speakers will address key issues affecting rural communities. Michelle Payn Knoper of Cause Matters Corporation will speak on Celebrating Agriculture and Creative Community Networks. Kevin Stewart of AG Vision Inc., will deliver the presentation What is the Cost of Doing Nothing? Joanne Ross from Manitoba Ag in the Classroom, will offer unique ideas for bringing agriculture to the classroom. All three speakers recently spoke at the 2007 National Agriculture Awareness in London, Ont. Delegates will also attend sessions on leadership, communications, being a success at home, small business development, voluntarism, maintaining vibrant rural communities and buying local foods. In the closing address, Eleanor Wood from Troy, Ont., will present her unique view of the world and embrace a positive attitude and a sense of humour as she talks about her experiences as a dairy farmer, wife and mother. Major sponsors of the conference are Agri-Futures Nova Scotia; Agri-Food Industry Development Fund; Nova Scotia Young Farmers Forum; TD 4-H Leaders Program; Farmers Mutual Reinsurance Plan; Nova Scotia 4-H Council; ACA Cooperative; Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia and Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia. For more information, call 902-945-2902 or e-mail .last_img

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