Farmers Helping Farmers Recognizes Volunteers
Congratulations to the 2017 Award Winners
The awards recognize the organization’s volunteers, supporters and members. Farmers Helping Farmers is extremely fortunate to have individuals and groups working in partnership, and raising funds to assist with the challenges faced by many East African farm women and their families.
This year’s award recipients:
The Honourary Life Membership recognizes members who have made an outstanding and substantial contribution to the organization and its purpose. This year the award was presented to The Souris Village Feast Organizing Committee.
This 11-member group has organized the highly successful July meal-in-the-field event for over 1,000 attendees annually for the past 10 years. The funds raised have been shared between local causes and Farmers Helping Farmers projects. Over $100,000 has been donated for the building of 13 cookhouses in Kenya and to pay the wages for the gardeners at the schools.
Friends of Farmers Helping Farmers
Island Lime (Manager Mary Robinson), Albany was presented with a Friend of Farmers Helping Farmers Award which recognizes individuals and businesses who are not members of Farmers Helping Farmers, but who have made a lasting and extending contribution to the association. Island Lime generously provided funding for the re-building of a screen house at the Mitoone School (a twinning school with West Kent Elementary School in Charlottetown) after it was destroyed earlier this year by hungry elephants. As a result of this financial support the Kenyan students are again enjoying the benefits of fresh vegetables in their lunch-time meals.
Also receiving a Friend of Farmers Helping Farmers Award was the Empower Sewing Group at the Village by the Arboretum in Guelph, Ontario. This small group of volunteers lead by Jean Hume produced Days for Girls feminine kits. The group and friends contributed materials, equipment, time and talents along with financial donations. The kits were transported by Farmers Helping Farmers volunteers to Kenyan twinned schools. The kits were distributed by UPEI student teachers while completing their teaching practicums.
Volunteer of the Year award
This year four members were recognized for the Volunteer of the Year award – Ellen Cudmore, Brackley Beach has been a key organizer of the annual fundraising FHF BBQ since its beginning in the early 1980’s. She was recognized for her efficiency and skill in coordinating and managing the event logistics that caters to over 725 people.
Carolyn Francis, Wendy MacDonald, and Liz Townsend were recognized for their work with a new Farmers Helping Farmers project – The Safe and Inclusive Schools project. The project is focused on making Kenyan twinned schools more positive learning spaces -- schools safe from corporal punishment by using different methods of discipline, and more inclusive with greater integration of pupils with special needs.
Farmers Helping Farmers Youth Award
The Souris Regional School Twinning Program was the recipient of the Youth Award. This award recognizes individuals and youth groups who exemplifies citizenship and have made outstanding contribution to public awareness about FHF and its work. Souris School participates in the FHF Twinning project and is twinned with Kiirua Primary School. The students actively correspond with their Kenyan friends and organize fundraisers to support Kenyan school projects.
Congratulations to all of the 2017 winners!
Congratulations to past recipients:
Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes member(s) who have made an outstanding contribution to the organizations and its project/activities during the past year.
2017: Ellen Cudmore, and Carolyn Francis, Wendy MacDonald & Liz Townsend
2016: Reg MacDonald and Dr. Shauna Richards
Friend of Farmers Helping Farmers Award recognizes individuals and businesses who are not members of Farmers Helping Farmers, but who have made a lasting and extending contribution to the association. Contributions may be in the form of financial or in-kind.
2017: Island Lime and Mary Robinson Manager, and The Empower Sewing Group at the Arboretum in Guelph, ON
2016: Charlottetown Police Services
2015: Noreen and George Shaw
2014: Irwin and Parker Jewell - Jewell's Produce Ltd.
2013: Rotary Club of Stratford
2012: Souris Village Feast
2011: Chef Emily Wells & staff at Agriculture Canada, Livestock Research Centre
2010: Gerry McQuaid and the Hillsborough Rotary Club
2009: Bev and Shirlee Simpson - Vesey’s Seeds Ltd
2008: Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty
Farmers Helping Farmers Youth Award recognizes individuals (25 years and younger) and youth groups (classrooms, 4-H, AY, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, etc.) who have made outstanding contributions to public awareness about Farmers Helping Farmers and its work in Kenya. The successful nominee will be recognized for their extraordinary spirit that makes their contribution an inspiration to others, and exemplifies citizenship and volunteerism.
2017: Souris Regional High Twinning Program
2016: Hillcrest United Church Sunday School, Montague
2015: Youth of Margate Pastoral Charge
2014: West Kent Kenya Kousins Group
2013: Ellen Moore
2012: The Challenge Girls Leadership Club
2011: Award Recipient: Caitlin McCarthy
2010: UPEI Nursing Students (2009 and 2010)
2009: Stonepark Farmers Helping Farmers Club
2008: Stuart MacLean, Lot 16
Honourary Life Membership recognizes members who have made an outstanding and substantial contribution to the organization and its purpose. They have inspired and encouraged others to be engaged, and have served as an example within the organization.
2017: The Souris Village Feast Organizing Committee (Alan MacPhee, Pat O’Connor, Jack Jans, Loretta Campbell, Ilse Peters-Ching, Jolyne Sharkey, David Jenkins, Louise MacDonald, Sheila Eastman, Doris Jenkins and Chef Michael Smith)
2016: Carolyn Francis
2015: Dr. John Vanleeuwen
2014: Dr. Linnell Edwards, Charlottetown
2013: Dr. Winston Johnston
2012: Dykerman Family
2011: Harry Baglole
2010: Priscilla Myers
2009: Patsy Dingwell and Shaad Olingo
2008: Barry Cudmore, Ellen Cudmore, Guy Cudmore, Roy Dickieson, Teresa Mellish, Katie VanEkris, and Olive Weeks
(Founding members of the organization who have remained active in the organization for the past 27 years.)