2022 Comber Fair Bursary Sponsors and Recipients
We are very appreciative of our 2022 Comber Fair Bursary Sponsors for enabling us to award eight recipients each $1500 bursaries. The recipients and sponsors were recognized during the Comber Fair opening ceremonies.
Here are our 2022 recipients:
Mitchell Anderson, Ridgetown
- First year in Food Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE) at University of Guelph
- Future plans include pursuing a career in the dairy industry using knowledge acquired from the FARE program coupled with experience from current work on a dairy robotic farm.
- Aspires to help with managing a dairy operation and being a 4-H leader
Riley Desimpel, Tilbury
- First year in Mechanical Engineering – Automotive at St-Clair College
- Future plans include working in the agriculture sector improving farm implement designs or working in solar/wind energy development while continuing to work on family farm
- Aspires to bring new innovative ideas to raise farming or energy sector to new level
Emma LeBrun, Kingsville
- First year in Bachelor of Science, Honour Co-Op Major Food Science at University of Guelph
- Future plans include becoming a research and development food scientist to create locally sourced, high nutritional and good tasting food
- Aspires to use this knowledge to provide non processed nutritional food to fight world hunger both locally and internationally through various non-profit organizations dealing with communities in need.
Cameron MacEachern, Tilbury
- First year in Welding Techniques at St-Clair College
- Future plans include becoming a welder and a trained agricultural technician through a farm dealership apprenticeship program
- Aspires to provide farmers with more efficient and quicker assistance to repair increasingly complicated technical farm equipment to keep their cost down which hopefully leads to keeping food cost down.
Olivia Noorenberghe, Thamesville
- Master of Science in Plant Agriculture at University of Guelph
- Future plans include combining agronomy, marketing and grower extension to recommend to farmers the best management practices that would benefit their operations
- Aspires to use knowledge and experience gained by being currently involved in the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) and having a Certified Crop Advisor Candidate designation to advocate for the agriculture community through leadership in various agriculture organizations such as Grain Farmers of Ontario, Ontario Federation of Agriculture or local Soil and Crop Improvement Association.
Maggie Pollard, Harrow
- Third year in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at University of Guelph
- Future plans include working in livestock nutrition in order to help producers to feed livestock adequate nutrients to efficiently produce quality food which will also be a part of her continued work on the family goat and sheep farm
- Aspires to help implement regenerative agriculture practices to bring nutrients back into the soil along with continuing her 4-H involvement.
Lara Bryell West-Colenutt, Essex
- First year in Biological Sciences at University of Guelph
- Future plans include becoming a large animal or a small breed veterinarian hoping to work with area farmers in providing optimal animal care
- Aspires to open her own clinic
Ericka Van Dongen, Comber
- First year in Agriculture at Univeristy of Guelph Ridgetown Campus
- Future plans include becoming an agronomist to help farmers to sustainably grow the best quality crops by advising them on pest control, fertilizer use and crop varieties
- Aspires to use knowledge and data from research to help grow the agriculture industry