On Feb 22, 2024, Governor General Mary Simon invested 61 recipients into the Order of Canada at Rideau Hall. There are three levels of appointments. Ken Knox was inducted as a member which allows him to use C.M. after his name. The Order of Canada was established in 1967 – the year that Ken graduated from Kemptville College. The Order of Canada is how our country honours nominated people who make extraordinary contributions to the nation.
You may view the ceremony by entering the Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony – February 22, 2024. On YouTube, you will see Ken at 1:02.38 and hear his presentation. You can also view, in writing, why he was presented the order on the listing below the YouTube video.
Congratulations Ken. The Kemptville College Alumni Board is proud to see you get this award.
The Kemptville College Alumni recognizes two students who are in their second year, in an accredited college taking an Agricultural or Food related program.
Ethan Booker from Fournier, ON (Prescott County) has been awarded one of the $1,000.00 scholarships for 2024. He is presently completing his second year at Lakeland College in Alberta. Before heading to college, Ethan was involved with the farm’s beef cattle, different aspects of cover cropping the soil and no-till farming. In the community, he was involved with leadership work with primary children at Metropolitan Bible Church, Scouts Canada, and 4-H cooking and crop clubs led by Pat and Gordon Wilson. A highlight for Ethan when at Lakeland was to be on the Dean’s Honor Roll as he studied Crop Technology. He plans to return to farm alongside his parents, Allen and Margit Booker, on their grain and cattle family farm. As well as continuing cropping and expanding the grazing for their purebred beef cattle, there may even be some Boer goats on the Booker farm. Congratulations Ethan.
Jack Link from Winchester, ON ( Dundas County ) was also awarded a $1,000.00 scholarship. Jack is completing his second year at Lakeland College in Alberta. He is taking courses with an emphasis on Dairy Herd Management and Nutrition. Before college, Jack was a full-time milker, and he also helped with cropping. Earlier before the farm dispersal in 2017, Jack worked alongside his parents, Murray and Lori Link, and his grandparents on the family farm. Jack volunteered at county fairs and Dairyfest. He competed at provincial championships in running and curling. A highlight for Jack while at Lakeland, was to be the Nutrition Coordinator of the Student Managed Dairy Farm. Upon graduation, he plans to work on a dairy farm and create a succession plan to have his own dairy farm in Eastern Ontario. Congratulations Jack.
At the end of September, the new Scholarship for 2025 will be on our webpage under Scholarships.
Visitors are welcome to contact us and make arrangements to visit the Alumni Historical Building. Betty Ann Clitherow, whose late husband Mike graduated in ’61, visited this autumn with her daughter and granddaughter. They appreciated that our Vice President Mel Shannon opened the building so they could see the display case named in memory of Mike. They enjoyed scrapbooks and pictures with info on Mike and Betty Ann’s two sons. Carl graduated in ’86, and Kevin graduated in ’88. Lots of memories for the Clitherow family.
Jim and Marg Glenn have recently been inducted into the Peterborough County Agricultural Wall of Fame.
Jim is a proud ‘70 grad from Kemptville Agricultural College. While at the college, he was College Royal President and Student of the year. The Kemptville College Alumni proudly displays the President’s Cane in our Alumni Historical Building. Marg graduated from the University of Western Ontario and worked as a dietitian.
Together they have created the multi-faceted Glen Isle Farms Inc. in Keene, Ontario. They were a two-time Master Breeder Holstein herd before dispersing in 1988. The Glenn family, which includes their children, Joelle, Jenny, Matt and Paul, was named Peterborough County Farm Family of the Year in 2006. Joelle, Matt and Paul, all work in the Glen Isle businesses, which include cash cropping, custom work, trucking, snow removal, exporting hay &straw, a Pioneer dealership, and wood shaving supplier. Their daughter Jenny is a teacher in Peterborough. Jim and Marg enjoy having their children all living within a two-mile radius. They also enjoy time with their nine grandchildren.
Jim, Marg and their children have all been involved in many community organizations. Many Kemptville grads enjoyed their time at Glen Isle Farms when they hosted the International Plowing Match in 2006.
For some people, volunteering is about giving but for the Glenn family it is a way of living. Congratulations on your many achievements.