Meet the AAC Board

  Peggy Brekveld, Secretary

Peggy Brekveld is a leader in the Ontario agriculture industry, she is currently on the executive committee of the AAC board, and vice president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA).

For almost four years, Peggy has been one of two General Farm Interest sector representatives on the AAC board and she is the secretary on the executive committee. With Peggy’s background as a northern Ontario dairy farmer and an OFA director, she brings an exceptional blend of knowledge and passion for the industry to the board table.

Peggy and her husband Gert own and operate Woodstar Farm, a 70-cow dairy operation located in Murillo. She enjoys promoting the importance of agriculture and local food to provincial politicians, municipalities, students and other community groups.

We have asked a few questions to learn more about Peggy:

1. What do you enjoy most about being on the AAC board?

Most of all, I sit with industry leaders who are looking at the agriculture and agri-food industry with a forward lens. The board regularly looks beyond its own commodity or interest group to the bigger picture: what are the best ways to invest in the industry that will move this industry forward?

2. What advice do you have for young leaders who are interested in getting involved on a board?

It can be intimidating to be the youngest person on a board - I have been that person. Never be afraid to ask why a decision was made or why a process is the way it is. All board members can benefit from reviewing and re-evaluating the “whys and hows” of an organization. You can be a catalyst for that.

3. What unique perspective do you feel you bring to the board table as a producer from northern Ontario?

Smaller communities understand that all commodities need to thrive for the ag community to survive, so there is a natural tendency to work together when times are tough. Things that larger ag centres may take for granted - especially education, knowledge and research opportunities, are needed across this province, and should be supported whenever possible.

4. What excites you the most about the future of the agriculture and agri-food industry in Ontario?

I see agriculture and the agri-food industry always looking for, and adopting, better ways to protect the soil, to manage water resources, to care for our animals and to improve the environment. It makes me proud to represent farmers.

5. What is your favourite activity to do with your family in your community?

I am proud of my region, Northwestern Ontario. Year round, I love to go walking with family and friends in places like Kakabeka Falls, Ouimet Canyon, Pigeon River, Mt McKay (to the very top!), the shores of Lake Superior and Sleeping Giant Park. Sitting with friends around the fire pit in our backyard is a happy place, too!

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