Kim Cooper, currently Chatham-Kent’s Agriculture Specialist, has been given the Kent Federation of Agriculture’s Meritorious Award at their recent annual meeting. Cooper, a graduate of the Ridgetown College of Agricultural Technology has been involved in the agriculture sector during his entire working career with much of that time specializing in export sales of food grade soybean.
Cooper is also heavily involved in ministerial duties, most recently being the minister at Dover Centre Church.
He also writes a weekly column on the topic of agriculture for the Chatham Daily News.
The Federation of Agriculture Award Committee spokesperson said Chatham-Kent is very fortunate to have an agricultural advocate such as Kim Cooper right here in our back yard.
In receiving the award, Cooper told Federation members he was receiving it for all of agriculture because, “we’re all in this together.”
Also receiving awards were Harry Lawson and Louis Roesch, the Ed Campbell Memorial Award and Ian VanArkel was the recipient of the Gord Woods Scholarship for 2013.
Also at the annual meeting, the new Board of Directors was elected. The results were:
- Adrian Jaques – President
- Ron Faubert – Vice
- Louis Roesch – Past President
- Leon Leclair
- Frank Byrne
- Bill Parks
- Ed VanDeWynckel
- Mike Vannieuwenhuyze
- Harry Lawson
- Adam Stallaert
- Ken Dawson
- Mary Anne Udvari