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Monsanto Fund Announces the Winners of Its Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program

Nov. 16, 2012, Winnipeg, MB - The Monsanto Fund ( has announced the winners of its Canada's Farmers Grow Communities program, a program aimed at strengthening rural communities by providing the opportunity for farmers to secure a $2,500 grant for their favourite community charity or not-for-profit organization.

A total of 58 winners were drawn from over 160 applications received from farmers in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northeastern B.C. In total, The Monsanto Fund will direct $145,000 to charitable and not-for-profit groups who are making a difference in the lives of rural residents.

"We are pleased with the response to our first year and look forward to building awareness and having many more farmers nominating groups or projects in their communities," said Trish Jordan, public and industry affairs director with Monsanto Canada. "We know there are endless needs in many rural communities and who better to give us ideas about how to best allocate these grants, than farmers? We know the grants will be put to good use to help strengthen local programs and services."

Launched last summer, the program gave farmers across Canada the opportunity to nominate a local charity or not-for-profit group in their community by visiting and completing an entry between June 1, 2012 and September 30, 2012. The winners were chosen by random draw on November 1, 2012. Jordan said the current plan is to continue the Canada's Farmers Grow Communities program in 2013 with the continued support of the Monsanto Fund. Farmers interested in the program can visit for more information.

"Monsanto is fully committed to supporting rural communities and farmers across the country, whether providing them with great products that benefit their farming operation or offering our support to causes that matter to them," said Trish Jordan, public and industry affairs director with Monsanto Canada. "The Monsanto Fund grants provided to the Canada's Farmers Grow Communities program allow farmers to get actively involved and they are a great complement to our other corporate giving activities in rural Canada."

The program has also been well-received and appreciated by farmers based on feedback from some of the winners upon learning their charity was selected in the random draw. "This is such great news," said Daryl Rush of Lockie Farms in Ontario. "Thank you so much for the support in our community. It means so much to us."

Canada's Farmers Grow Communities - 2012 Winners
Arthritis Society
Mike Jackson, Didsbury, AB
Bashaw Educational Support Team Association
Gregg Pearson, Bashaw, AB
Burdett Volunteer Fire Department
John Van Tryp, Bow Island, AB
Delia Fire Department
Brian Heck, Delia, AB
Friends of Tro-Val
John Kowalchuck, Trochu, AB
LABIS (Lloydminster and Area Brain Injury Society)
John Stephens, Lloydminster, AB
Lavoy Action Society
David Durie, Vegreville, AB
Heritage Agricultural Society
Keith Porter, Stony Plain, AB
Mallaig Agricultural Society and Recreation Association
Phil Amyotte, Mallaig, AB
North 40-mile 4-H Beef Club
John Crooymans, Bow Island, AB
Rosalind Agriculture Society
Adam Enright, Rosalind, AB
Spirit Arts Dance Society
Bobby-Jo Dwernychuk, Spirit River AB
St. Paul Education Regional Division #1
David Yackimec, Beauvallon, AB
There's a Heifer in Your Tank
Chelsea Geiger, Tawatinaw, AB
Viking School Parent Council - Playground Enhancement Project
Rebecca and Kevin Carrington, Viking, AB
ALUS Project
Robin Nell, Francis, SK
Arborfield Curling Rink
Larry LeGrand, Arborfield, SK
Arcola Daycare Inc.
Stacy Brownridge, Arcola, SK
Blaine Lake Community Association
Alan and Pam Lavoie, Blaine Lake, SK
Broken Arrow Youth Ranch
Gerard and Barbara Bergeron, Assiniboia, SK
Bruno Lions Club
Kenneth Weiman, Bruno, SK
Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan
Jamie Lehnert, Landis, SK
Elrose ABC Family Centre Inc.
Jeff MacDonald, Elrose, SK
Farm in the Dell
Keith Pavo, Saskatoon, SK
Heart and Stroke Foundation - Paradise Hill
Allan Furman, Paradise Hill, SK
Jean Louis Legare Regional Park and Willow Bunch Recreational Association
Troy Eger, Willow Bunch, SK
Kelvington and District Health Facility Foundation
Trevor Robinson, Kelvington, SK
Lampman Minor Sports
Blake Fornwald, Lampman, SK
River Ridge Fish and Game League
Shane Kraynick, Canora, SK
Turtleford Library
Shirley Maloney, Turtleford, SK
Zenon Park Community Partners
Guy Chabot, Zeon Park, SK
Binscarth Nursery School
Sabrina Aitchison, Foxwarren, MB
Crystal City Early Years School Parent Advisory Council
Catherine Redpath, Mather, MB
Elton Community Centre
David Marvin, Brandon, MB
Hamiota Playground
Douglas Caldwell, Kenton, MB
Happy Thought School
Brian Chorney, East Selkirk, MB
Harding Community Club
Don Baily, Harding, MB
Inglis and District Community Club
Duane and Lindy Zimmer, Inglis, MB
Lorne Wellness Centre Inc.
Dan Hacault, Swan Lake, MB
Lowe Farm Community Rink Project
Peter Falk, Lowe Farm, MB
Manitoba Agricultural Museum
Nathan Sims, MacGregor, MB
Mapleton School
John Ostermann, St. Andrews, MB
Miniota Merry 4-Hers
Nick Young, Miniota, MB
Minnedosa Regional Event Centre
Stewart Lewis, Minnedosa, MB
Roland Agricultural Society - Pumpkin Fair
William Whitehead, Roland, MB
Autism Dog Services
Jim and Louise Verhoeven, Wardsville, ON
Big Brothers and Sisters of Chatham-Kent
Josh Butler, Croton, ON
Durham Farm and Rural Family Resources
Daryl Rush, Zephyr, ON
Ecole St. Philippe
Ed Burm, Wallaceburg, ON
Foundation for Enriching Education
Karl Terpstra, Bornholm, ON
Lucknow Kinsmen - Music in the Fields
Chris Irwin, Lucknow, ON
Ontario 4-H
Colleen Acres, Osgoode, ON
Optimist Club of Kerwood-Adelaide-Metcalfe
MaryAnn Hendrikx, Strahtroy, Ontario
Salvation Army Food Bank
Dan and Maryann Roswell, Norwich, ON
SARI Therapeutic Riding
John Ward, Arva, ON
Tavistock Royal Reno (Pavillion)
Ken Wettlaufer, Tavistock, ON
Ormstown Saracens Rugby Club
Scott Barrington, Howick, QC
Richmond 4-H
Stephen Smith, Melbourne, QC




November 19, 2012  By Monsanto


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