Board members are getting ready for the AGM to be held on Oct. 23rd, 2021 at I o’clock in Lombardy. Val Allen and Isabel Kinnear ’69 are putting the updated touches on the donor boards. Are you planning to attend? All alumni are welcome.
The Kemptville College Alumni was part of the group that nominated John Curtis to the Agricultural Hall Of Fame. Mr. Curtis was a former Principal at Kemptville College. His wife Nancy is in the video, speaking about John’s achievements and her acceptance speech.
A high-resolution video copy of the video can be viewed here
Charles MacDonald ’67 grad wanted a place to relax in his five-acre sugar bush. He has many trails in the bush but the original building was gone.
He called a fellow classmate Mackie Robertson and shortly a 12 x 16 building with a 4-foot verandah was completed. The exterior is pine board and batten, and it is insulated for year-round use. The pandemic has certainly made grads want to enjoy the beautiful nature we have all around us.
Michele graduated from Kemptville in 1990 and then ventured to Toronto to attend Ryerson University where she obtained a degree in Nutrition, Food Science and Home Economics and her Professional Home Economics designation (P.H.Ec). Michele has a strong passion for all things involved with food and after University, Michele was very fortunate to join Kraft Canada where she worked in the Kraft Kitchens for a total of 21 years. During her time in the Kraft Kitchens Michele held many roles within the various Kraft brand teams from product and recipe developer, consumer response, What’s Cooking magazine, TV personality and spokesperson and lead of the North American e-mail, website and social media platforms. Michele has consumed many boxes of KD!
In 2016, Michele joined Canada Beef, the non-profit organization responsible for marketing and promoting Canadian beef in domestic and international markets. Coming from a rural and ag background Michele was really excited to join this team to lead Canada Beef’s digital marketing programs. Michele loves the creativity of writing and creating social posts, educational ag content and culinary instructional beef articles for Canadabeef.ca website and social platforms.
Michele is dedicated to connecting consumers with agriculture and building trust, understanding and appreciation for the hard work and dedication of Canadian beef farmers and ranchers. There is an ever-growing widening gap between the urban and rural worlds and she recognizes the importance of telling the Canadian perspective of how food is grown and raised in Canada. Since graduation, Michele has been an active member of the Ontario Home Economics Association holding several board member positions. Michele spends as much time as she can on her family farm near McDonalds Corners, ON and on the Mississippi River. Michele is an avid traveler exploring and eating food from every city that she visits.
Joe and Joy are both year ‘80 grads. Joe was raised on a dairy farm near Williamstown and graduated from the Agricultural program at KCAT. After graduation he worked on his parents’ farm until purchasing his current farm in Berwick in May 1984. Joy was raised on a dairy farm near Maxville and graduated
from the Food and Fashion program at KCAT. After graduation she worked at Riopelle Fabrics in Ottawa until she married Joe and began farming with him in September,1984. Joy also continues to enjoy her other career as a seamstress.
Although they had met at college, it was a chance encounter at the Glengarry Highland Games in 1983, that really brought them together.
They are the proud parents of two daughters, Natalie and Lauren, and two sons, Andrew and Thomas. As you can see from the family picture, Joe and Joy are proud of their children’s partners and, of course, their beautiful grandchildren.
Krolane is a dairy farm with purebred Holsteins. When their children were younger they participated in4-H and cattle shows. Now as empty nesters Joe and Joy are busy with the cattle and crops of hay, corn and soybeans. They use conservation tillage and no-till and have received the Soil Conservation Award from the Stormont Soil and Crop Improvement Association.
Both Joe and Joy have and continue to be involved in their community. Joe has been a 4-H leader and a past president of both the Stormont 4-H Association and the Stormont Holstein Club. He is actively involved with the Stormont Federation of Agriculture and the Knights of Columbus. When Joe was a director of EBI/EastGen, he presented our Historical Building plans to them and we thank him for doing this and EBI/EastGen for their generous donation.
Joy has been involved in 4-H, North Stormont Silver Blades Skating Club, local Catholic Women’s League and was a very active school volunteer when their children were younger. The Seaway Valley Theatre Company has benefitted from her fashion skills. As a member of the Sisters for Life group, which organises local fundraising activities for various cancer initiatives, she has helped raise over $160,000 over the past eight years.
Every community would love to have Kemptville grads like Joe and Joy in their community. Thank you both for all you are doing and have accomplished.