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Pat Tonn New Chair of AITC-C
The Executive Director of BC Ag in the Classroom, Pat Tonn, has been elected as Chair of the Board of Ag in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C). “I am honoured to step into this new role as Chair of AITC-C, and to dedicate my passion for agriculture education to this remarkable organization from coast-to-coast” says Tonn. Previously Vice Chair of the AITC-C Board of Directors, Tonn began her two-year term on June 22, 2020.
    Amanda Poelman of Sunnyvale Farm on Vancouver Island will be covering the Island. Amanda has previous AI company experience, has traveled Canada and the US doing herd visits and covered shows and sales, usually with a camera in hand (and written for BCHN!!). Having been involved in the breeding decisions on her family’s farm, she is excited to take on this role which combines her interests in breeding good cattle and serving customers.
Martin Rypma also comes with a background in showing, sales and AI industry experience. Martin has worked on dairies in BC, Alberta and Ontario and is well-respected for his cow skills. “I love a great cow whether she is in the barn, or in the show ring!” Martin will cover BC and Alberta in his sales role and can’t wait to share his passion for breeding beautiful uddered cows with width and great feet and legs with producers.
In July, with a backyard barbecue, Jake and Hilda Born’s family celebrated Hilda’s 90th birthday. Jake and Hilda and all five of their children are grateful that they could grow up on the farm and participate in church and community activities. John’s family continues to dairy farm in Sorrento. Hilda feels it was especially rewarding to be able to give job training to her nephew and other young summer workers who have done well also. They celebrated Jake’s 93rd birthday in May! Congratulations Hilda and Jake, and we wish you many more years in good health and happiness!
Brittney Schurmann and Nathan Dean got married on August 21st. Brittney is the daughter of Roy and Tracy Schurmann of Schurstar Dairy, Abbotsford and Nathan is the son of Tom and Lianne Dean, of Langley. Their small intimate wedding took place at the Dean property following their engagement in Maui in March just before Covid arrived. Brittney and Nathan spent a few relaxing days in beautiful Whistler, along with their dog Truffles, after their wedding. Brittney continues to work as a dairy nutritionist with Ritchie Smith Feeds in Abbotsford, and Nathan as a local chiropractor.
Richard. Her beloved husband and best friend Alan survives her; as well as her five brothers: Doug (Anne); Jim (Marilyn); John (Sonya); Terry (Lynne); and Gordon (Cindi). Jean is also survived by nieces and nephews David (Nancy), Nancy (Rob), Jill (John), Bill, Bob (Liz), Mary (Dave), Andrew (Michelle), Cathy (Ole), Stephen, Liz, Cameron (Vicky), Carissa (Geordi), Kelsie (Craig), and many grand-nieces and -nephews.
      Edwin and Kari Crandlemire (Wally Ann Holsteins Ltd., Grindrod) along with Jim, Joanne and Colton Baskerville of Vernon are thrilled that Scott and Kait tied the knot on August 29, 2020 with the family farm as a beautiful back drop. After a quick honeymoon in Whistler, the couple have settled in their home on the farm in Grindrod.
 Jean (Blair) Gregson June 1, 1943 – July 20, 2020
Jean passed away July 20, 2020 at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver after a courageous, life-long battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Her husband of 42 years, Alan Gregson, who took wonderful care and support of Jean throughout the years, was by her side.
Jean was born to parents W.C. (Bill) and Doris Blair and grew up at the family farm – Langview Holsteins in Langley. Jean loved the farm life, which amongst other things included riding and showing horses. She was a 10-year member of the Langley Holstein 4-H Club. Jean showed her 4-H project calf to win the Grand Championship at the PNE in 1960. She then acquired a calf from her dad, registered her prefix “Langdell” and bred six generations of direct descendants in the herd. She was recently awarded her 50-year Holstein Canada member pin. She also won an
exchange trip to New Brunswick for her knowledge of agriculture and the care of animals.
Jean graduated from UBC with a Master’s degree in Library Science and was a librarian for the Langley School District throughout her career.
She was Auntie Jean to her many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews who loved the personal choices Jean made of selecting that special book for each of them for their birthday or Christmas.
Jean lived her life to the fullest despite her cystic fibrosis and found joy in everyday things, which she shared with many of her dearest friends and family which included her CF caregivers. She and Alan enjoyed many adventurous trips abroad. She especially enjoyed family gatherings.
Jean was predeceased by her loving parents and her infant brother
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