May 30, 2020

I have always had a passion for the agricultural industry. I grew up with my family on a small beef farm, and intended to graduate from the University of Guelph and enter a career in animal science. 

But, 18 months into this plan, a new door opened for me – the opportun...

May 30, 2020

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, we decided to pause the Mentorship Program for 2020. We look forward to the 2021 program!

Uncertainty is never easy. We know that, as life continues, it is vital to support and empower each other to get through this difficult...

Over the course of the 2019 Ag Women’s Network mentorship program, Samantha Fancher and Maggie McCormick had many great discussions. 

However, one theme that they often returned to was the importance of having both a professional and a personal network of people around...

March 13, 2020

As a mentorship giveback project, I decided to create a list of books which could be useful in future AWN mentorship programs. I think this list also may be helpful for others who are looking to grow in their personal and professional lives. 

As a serial reader, this l...

March 7, 2020

Making space for women at the farm association table is something Anneke Stickney is passionate about.  

Whether it’s around the kitchen table or the board table, Stickney has either balanced a baby bump or a baby on her hip for six years, while building a reputati...

January 27, 2020

One of the highlights of the 2019 AWN Mentorship Program proved to the addition of a Give Back Project completed by each mentee. 

As organizers, Amanda Peer and I started with a definition. Each mentee would be expected to complete a “....….” that would benefit the AWN...

January 17, 2020

J.J. Hartley had to leave agriculture in order to find the path back

J.J. Hartley’s loves the dairy industry, has a passion for rock climbing and is gently creating gender-neutral space within agriculture.

Hartley’s journey from a Saskatchewan family with a history in be...

December 3, 2019

The farmers she interviews for her books share details of their lives, farms, and families

The role of women on the farm is constantly evolving, often moving away from traditional roles into a modern hybrid.

“Just like there's no one right way to be a farmer, there's no...

November 15, 2019

Growing up, I was very fortunate to be given experiences in my life that helped to develop into the individual who I am today.

I played sports, where I learned the importance of teamwork and leadership. I participated in the fair ambassador program, where I developed se...

 A how to on leading and collaborating when you’re not the boss

In June 2018, I was on maternity leave from my Marketing Communications role at Bayer. My phone rang and, like most people, I never actually answer the phone when it rings. I don’t usually check voicemails...

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