November 01, 2018

From farmer to community hero

$165,000 shared with 66 rural charities & not-for-profits across Canada through the Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program

Winnipeg, MB – Nov. 1, 2018 – The saying goes that “it’s better to give than to receive” and Canadian farmers had the opportunity to do just that by participating in the Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program in 2018.

Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer. The program allows farmers to register to win $2,500 for their favourite community charity or not-for-profit organization. Charitable groups also offer suggestions online at, which farmers can consider in their application.

The 2018 program received 758 farmer applications (a 68 per cent increase from 2017) and 337 charity suggestions (a 200 per cent increase from 2017) making this the most successful year yet since the program launched in 2012. Two winners were selected in each of 33 different regions in a random draw which took place on October 19, 2018 and managed by the program’s independent administrator, Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba.

“We are thrilled to see farmers and charities engaging in this program and thinking creatively about how to strengthen their communities,” said Trish Jordan, public & industry affairs director with Bayer’s Crop Science division. “There are so many worthwhile groups and projects in need of assistance in rural communities across the country. We know the funds will be put to good use for the benefit of all community members.”

The program received a wide variety of ideas from farmers on how local groups in their communities could benefit from the grants. Farmers recommended schools, libraries, historical societies, health and recreational facilities, rural daycares, senior clubs, 4-H groups, food banks and more. Some examples:


  • Beaver County Victim Services in Tofield, AB. - “We are thrilled to have these funds! We plan to use them to help educate our rural youth on Internet Safety. If it eliminates one child from being taken advantage of on the internet, it’s worth it!”


  • Humboldt Public School Childcare Centre in Humboldt, SK. “We will be using this wonderful grant for buying indoor and outdoor equipment and materials to continue providing care for all our daycare children aged 6 weeks old until 12 years old!” 


  • Hamiota Aquatic Centre in Hamiota, MB. “After coming to the end of its life span of 20 years we are replacing the liner of the pool. Last season we saw over 650 kids go through our swim lessons, learning valuable life skills. We are a regional facility serving many municipalities with children coming from all over. This grant means so much to our community and those that surround us!” 


  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington in Clarington, ON. – “We run many different types of mentoring programs which help children develop life changing relationships, while exposing them to new experiences which may open their eyes and minds, not only to what is, but also to what could be. All of this helps to raise self esteem and build resilience as our young people develop into productive members of our community.”


Farmers living and working in the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northeastern B.C. had from mid-January to the end of September to submit their entries by visiting the Canada’s Farmers website and completing an online application form.

To read more community stories or gather additional information about Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities visit or follow us on Twitter @CanadasFarmers.


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Trish Jordan, Public & Industry Affairs Director



Note: A complete listing of all 66 winning entrants, their farmer nominator and their community, is detailed below this news release.  


Canadas Farmers Grow Communities - 2018 Winners



Acme Swimming Pool

Kelli Becker, Acme

Airdrie & District Victims Assistance Society

Bob & Ellen Cornish, Airdrie

Alberta Central Railroad Museum

M Jean Angus, Wetaskiwin

Donalda Animal Rescue

Marijke Maltais, Stettler

Alberta Legacy Development Society

Douglas Schneider, Leduc

Friends of the Newbrook Public Library

Dalton Trenholm, Newbrook


Beaverlodge Rural Crime Watch

Cori Blum, Hythe


Saskatoon Lake Agricultural Society

David Hegland, Wembley


Stavely And District Agricultural Society

Travis Husted, Stavely


Wrentham Library Society

Alvin Waldner, Wrentham


Peace Region Dance Academy

Derrick Dechief, Falher


Warriors Youth Rec Hockey Team

Marc Brochu, Girouxville


Drumheller & District Humane Society

Lisa Rosgen, Drumheller


Trochu Valley Historical Society

Francis deBeaudrap, Trochu


Beaver County Victim Services Association

Colleen Sears, Tofield


The Heather Curling Club

Cathy Freed, Vegreville


Clandonald & District Recreation Association

Audrey Cusak, Clandonald


Provost Lions Community Handi-van

Service Society

Menzies Farms, Provost







Bruno Senior Citizens Friendship Centre

Albert Huber, Bruno


Humboldt Public School Childcare Centre Inc.

Debbie Bernhard, Muenster


The Melville Heritage Museum

Jocelyn Mehrer, Melville


Performing Arts & Leisure Society

Randy Nieckar, Rama


171 Melfort Phoenix RC Air Cadets

Jackie Tluchak, Gronlid


Silver Park Community Club Inc.

David Moskal, Melfort


Glaslyn Central School

Playground Committee

Stephanie Mykytuk, Glaslyn


Lloydminster Agricultural

Exhibition Association

Sheila Phillips, Paradise Hill


Camp fYrefly, University of Regina

Lu Mitchell, Francis


Dysart Community Center

Brent Bradshaw, Dysart


Empty Arms: Perinatal Loss Support

Services Incorporated

Curtis & Krystle Wood, Wynyard


Prairie Meadow Place Inc.

Fred Jantzen, Rosthern


Semans Drop-in Club Inc.

Sheldon Sorensen, Semans


Southey Senior Citizens Club Inc.

Theresa Schaffer, Southey


Davidson Communities In Bloom

Gail Prpick, Davidson


Elrose Health Care Auxiliary

Betty Mae Leavins, Elrose


Creelman Community Rink

Jay Gerry, Griffin


Odessa Community Hall

Lorenz Ziegler, Odessa


Cabri Ice Center Association Inc

Kyle Svenson, Cabri


Elrose Volunteer Fire & Ambulance

Gerald Anhorn, Elrose


Kerrobert Minor Hockey Association

Jim Cholin, Kerrobert


Royal Canadian Legion Branch 57

Josh Wilson, Eatonia







Lakeside Christian School Inc.

Blake Bell, Killarney


United Community Arts

Bernie Hildebrand, Crystal City


Hamiota Aquatic Centre

Dale Little, Hamiota


Rivers Curling Club

Dennis and Maxine Veitch, Rivers


Bowsman Early Learning Centre Inc.

Tyler Sutherland, Swan River


Community Bible Fellowship Christian School

Donna Stuart, Benito


Elm Creek Stay And Play Centre Inc.

Alice Miller, Elm Creek


Interlake Art Board

Leonard Unrau, Petersfield


Niverville Heritage Centre Garden Pavilion Project

Reg Friesen, Niverville


St. Adolphe Nursery School Inc.

Will Bergmann, Glenlea






Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington

Henry Sarika, Bowmanville



Norwell District Secondary School LEAF Program

Lara Charlebois, Harriston



Prince Edward County 4-H Cloverbuds

Shannon Desjardins, Milford



Sault Minor Football League

James Monico, Sault Ste. Marie


Dunnville Youth Impact Inc.

Cynthia Buist, Canfield


London Fanshawe Symphonic

Chorus Organization

Ken McDougall, London



2nd Blenheim Girl Guides

Jean Smith, Blenheim



Ekcoe Central Public School Breakfast Program

Tammy Galbraith, Appin



Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health

Gwen Devereaux, Seaforth



Rowbust Breast Cancer Survivor

Dragon Boat Racing Society

Diane Cook, London







Les Loisirs De St-Simon

Martin Laliberté, St-Simon de bagot



l'Arche de la Montérefie

Sylvain Palardy, le Grand



Arena Régionale Huntingdon

Erskine Farms, Hinchinbrooke


La Maison des Jeunes de Beaujeu

Carol Venneman, Clarenceville






Brigadoon Village

Geneve Newcombe, Port Williams, NS



PEI 4-H Council

John Wood, Marshfield, PEI


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