Agriculture in the Classroom Canada and its ten provincial member organizations provided agriculture education programming for over 2.1 million students across Canada in 2019, according the organization’s annual impact report shared during AITC’s annual general meeting last week.
“It was a monumental year for Ag in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) with our student reach up 110 per cent over the prior year,” says executive director Johanne Ross. “There is power in collaboration, and strong partnerships with our provincial members and sector partners enabled us to enhance and expand our agriculture and food resources, initiatives and programs. We truly are the national voice for agriculture education in Canada.”
To be specific, the national charitable organization says its classroom offerings reached 2,102,844 students and 63,791 teachers at 4,303 schools thanks to help from 7,533 volunteers.
With Quebec’s École-O-Champ joining AITC-C in April, the national group now has provincial member organizations and directors from all 10 provinces.
Pat Tonn, of B.C. Agriculture in the Classroom is the new chair of AITC-C, replacing Laurie Loane, of Agriculture in the Classroom Prince Edward Island. Executive officers for 2020 include Sara Shymko, of Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan, as treasurer, Rebecca Sookso, of Agriculture in the Classroom – Nova Scotia, as secretary, and Sue Clayton, of Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba, as vice-chair.
Tonn has served as the executive director of theBC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation for five years.
“I am honoured to step into this new role, and to dedicate my passion for agriculture education to this remarkable organization from coast-to-coast,” she says.