Alberta Lamb Producers held its 2019 Annual General Meeting on October 17 in Red Deer in conjunction with the Alberta Sheep Breeders Association's 50th Anniversary Symposium. We saw 41 producers and guests in attendance.
ALP's Chair, Darlene Stein and Vice-Chair, Ryan Greir, gave warmly received opening remarks. The ALP business meeting followed, with Director Acclamation speeches. There were four Director-At-Large positions open on the 2019/20 ALP board and there were four accepted nomination forms received before the August 31, 2019 deadline to be entered as candidates in the 2019 election. As there were only a sufficient number of accepted nominations to meet the number of positions, no election was held this year. Brittany Walker, Josh Korpan, Nicole Schieck and Scott Vuylsteke were nominated producers and were acclaimed to the board. Following the new Director speeches was Shannon Troke from King & Company Chartered Accountants, reviewing the 2018/19 financial statements, ALP Vice-Finance Chair Karl Denwood, presenting the 2019/20 budget with fellow board members and new Executive Director, Ashley Scott, presenting the ALP activity update (download the 2018/19 Annual Report now).
Marc Carere, Chair of the National Sheep Network and Ontario Sheep Farmers, gave an update of recent National Sheep Network activities.Together we (ALP, OSF and Les Éleveurs d’ovins du Québec) represent 75 per cent of the ewe flock in Canada and have joined together to leverage our resources to move the Canadian sheep industry forward. Building on the relationships between producers, the NSN works to ensure that producers take ownership of their industry and work collaboratively on topics of mutual interest including market access, trade, animal health and welfare and, traceability. ALP wishes to thank both Mr. Carere and John Hemsted, 2nd Vice Chair of the Ontario Sheep Farmers, for attending our AGM and for the on-going collaboration as NSN partner organizations.
We also had Anne Brunet-Burgess, General Manager of CCIA, in attendance and she presented us with a Traceability Update which covered who does what in traceability, current regulations, proposed regulation amendments and how to prepare. ALP would like to thank Anne for joining us at our AGM and providing this information to our producers.
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Getting Ready 2019
ALP extends a sincere thank-you to outgoing directors, Erin Yaremko and Lianne Read, for their time and efforts while serving on the board.
Producers were given time during the business meeting to share ideas about what they would like to see ALP work on in the future. This direction will be instrumental as the board continues to work on implementing ALP's strategic plan for the organization in 2020. The first face to face board meeting with the new board will be at the ALP office in Airdrie, November 22 & 23, 2019.
The AGM was only one evening - we want to hear from you throughout the year! ALP is YOUR producer organization. Communicating with directors and staff will ensure you are getting the most from your check-off dollars. If you ever have concerns, comments, tips on what we can do better - or just want to say hello - please feel free to contact the directors or the office for a chat. Director and staff contact information is available on the ALP website and in every N'ewesletter.