AITC News

Check out the latest AITC national and provincial programs and other exciting news from the agriculture industry.

Communications Manager Announced for AITC-C

Communications Manager Announced for AITC-C

(Ottawa, Ontario) On April 8, 2019, Agriculture in the Classroom-Canada (AITC-C) will welcome Kim Sabourin as its new Communications Manager, based in Ottawa.

Kim Sabourin, born in Calgary, Alberta and raised just west of Ottawa, has primarily worked in the not-for-profit sector in communication and community relations’ roles. Kim has worked in the field of International Education and is currently the Manager of Communications and Member Engagement with the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA). CSTA is where Kim got her start in agriculture and where she truly developed her passion for food and advocating for agriculture. Through engaging with CSTA members, partners and stakeholders Kim developed an understanding of the industry and an appreciation for the critical work being done. While at CSTA, Kim has had the opportunity to manage their brand refresh, develop a new website for the Association, reimagine many communication tools and more. While it will be difficult for her to leave CSTA, Kim is very excited about the opportunity to join AITC-C.

Read the full media release here.

Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month 2019

Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month 2019

Annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month 2019 will reach over 40,000 students!

Headingley, MB, March 1, 2019 – Agriculture in the Classroom - Canada (AITC-C), representing nine provincial Agriculture in the Classroom organizations, will participate in the eighth annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM) in schools across Canada for the month of March.

CALM is a hands-on program that encourages children to learn about and celebrate Canada’s agriculture and food story in various ways, including reading books about farming and food, watching videos and meeting with farmers and others in the agriculture industry. Building an awareness for students about the connection they have to local farmers and the agriculture and food sector is what makes CALM so impactful.

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Manager for thinkAG Career Initiative Announced

Manager for thinkAG Career Initiative Announced

This month, Agriculture in the Classroom-Canada (AITC-C) welcomed Shayla Hertz as its new thinkAG Career Initiative Manager. 

thinkAG is a national career initiative under AITC-C that provides students an opportunity to learn about the agriculture and food industry, explore various agricultural careers, and gain an understanding of the many education and employment opportunities available in the agri-food sector.

Shayla brings a wealth of experience and energy to the role, having grown up on a grain farm outside of Edenwold, SK, where her parents still farm today. After graduating high school, she attended Williston State College in North Dakota to study agriculture economics. Upon receiving her Associate Degree in Arts and Science, she moved to Saskatoon to continue pursuing her love for agriculture, earning her Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness at the University of Saskatchewan. Among several other involvements, Shayla served as president of the Agricultural Students’ Association.

Download the full media release here.

 

Canadian Educator Resource Matrix

Canadian Educator Resource Matrix

This exciting new online tool will be a “one-stop-shop” for teachers across Canada who are looking for agriculture education resources that will connect directly to their provincial curricula.  Teachers will be able to filter by grade, topic, and subject area to find the agriculture and food resources available to them to engage their students.  This matrix has been designed to provide teachers with the most accurate, balanced and current information regarding Canada’s agri-food sector, and it is free of charge for users. 

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Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month

Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month

Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM) was a great success in March 2018. Nine provinces (NL, NS, NB, PE, ON, MB, SK, AB & BC) participated with activities ranging from classroom reading visits with industry and producer representatives, high school sessions, library visits, class visits to farms, as well as a large social media component. Once again, this year the CALM coordinator allowed for the provincial coordinators to have a central hub for communication and sharing ideas. It also allowed for one person to manage national tasks including the development and distribution of teacher and volunteer resources and managing the social and traditional media communications. 

Agriculture in the Classroom Canada thanks Farm Credit Canada for its ongoing support to this impactful initiative.

View the Final Report for Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month here.

Annual Sharing Session

Annual Sharing Session

Agriculture in the Classroom-Canada (AITC-C) alongside its provincial member organizations and other delegates, gathered in Winnipeg for its annual sharing session.

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thinkAG Teen Career Inquiry Survey

thinkAG Teen Career Inquiry Survey

The thinkAG Teen Career Inquiry Survey was conducted by Kynetec Canada as part of the AITC-C thinkAG initiative. Over 1000 high school students across Canada completed this online questionnaire about their awareness and interest in agri-food careers, as well as their preferred methods for learning career information. 

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