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Welcome to the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies. The OAAS is the provincial association representing over 220 agricultural societies from across the province. Its mission is to act as a resource and a united voice for its members by providing leadership through education and communication to encourage them to promote agriculture and a rural way of life in Ontario.
In Ontario Agricultural Societies are governed by the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act. Their purpose is seen as being a community organization mandated with preserving and celebrating the rural way of life in Ontario. As the provincial association, the OAAS primary focus is to assist its' members in achieving their own respective goals.
The OAAS is governed by a home-craft director and an agricultural director from each of the fifteen districts in the province. These thirty board members, combined with four executive members provide leadership to the association.
With respect to staff resources, the OAAS is managed by Vince Brennan, Office Manager and Kathryn Lambert, Convention Administrator.
The highlight of the year for the OAAS is the annual convention, which takes place in mid-February. The convention, which brings together upwards of 1000 delegates from all across the province, provides the OAAS members with education, information, and networking opportunities that are meant to improve the operations of the individual agricultural societies.
The OAAS encourages visitors to this website to visit the many pages inside and learn about the organization, its members and the great job that agricultural societies are doing in Celebrating Rural Ontario..
It continues to be an exciting time for the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies. As you will recall, at last year's Annual General Meeting, a number of amendments were made to our organization's Constitution and By-Laws. The enclosed package of changes reflects further work done by the Board and its committees over the past year pertaining to our Constitution and By-Laws and the resolution received by the November 30, 2016 deadline date for resolutions.
These amendments and the resolution will be put forward for consideration by the membership at the Annual General Meeting taking place at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto on Saturday morning, February 18, 2017.
Notice is hereby given of the following Annual Meeting of
Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies.
The Annual Meeting of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street West Toronto, Ontario beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Concert Hall. This meeting is for, the purpose of receiving reports and statements required to be placed before the annual meeting, appointing the auditor of the Corporation, considering changes to Bylaws and for the transaction of such other matters as may properly be brought before the meeting.
The Markham Fair is currently accepting applications for the position of General Manager.
Markham and East York Agricultural Society is in search of a General Manager to lead day to day operations of the Markham Fairgrounds and manage the ongoing success of the Markham Fair. Markham Fair, one of Canada oldest country fairs, occurs annually on the weekend before Thanksgiving and hosts upwards of 60,000 attendees. Directed and supported by a 24 member Board of Directors, seven full and part-time employees and over 750 volunteers the General Manager has year-round responsibility for the management of all events and activities at Markham Fairgrounds.
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Presented by Nothers Awards, London
The 8th annual Leonard Patterson Memorial award will be presented at the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies annual convention in February 2017.
Leonard Patterson worked for Nothers for several years and made many contacts and friends at the fairs. He volunteered and worked diligently on the board of Mount Forest fair, as well as for District #10, where he served as their director on the OAAS board and was elected president in 1986. Nothers is presenting this award in Leonard’s memory.
Agricultural Societies wishing to nominate their Secretary and/or Treasurer, who has served their organization for at least 15 years, may do so by sending their nomination to the OAAS Past Presidents’ Association by December 31, 2016. There is no special nomination from. Please submit in writing, explaining in details why you feel your Secretary and/or Treasurer is deserving of this honour. If previously nominated, please re-apply with an updated profile.
Please send your nomination to: OAAS Past Presidents’ Association,
c/o Joanne Gregson, 16 Red Pine Cres., Wasaga Beach, Ontario L9Z 3B3
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