The launch of the “OAAS 175th – Central Canada Exhibition Association Scholarship“ took place at the Official Opening of the 2022 Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) Convention, in February. The OAAS, in partnership with the Central Canada Exhibition Association (CCEA), created a scholarship program recognizing youth who have been actively involved in their home agricultural societies and fairs.
Twenty (20) applications from eleven (11) districts throughout Ontario were received for the inaugural year. Evaluation criteria for the scholarship included local agricultural society, community and school involvement, letters of reference, proof of post-secondary enrollment and an essay outlining “their future plans for contributing as a volunteer within their current or future community.
The four scholarship winners will be invited to and recognized at the 2023 Ontario Association of Agricultural Society Convention, on February 16-18, 2023.
Miria Pelletier is a volunteer and member of the Moore Agricultural Society (M.A.S.), home of the Brigden Fair in Brigden, Ontario. Born and raised in St. Clair Township, Pelletier has always been an avid community volunteer and began volunteering with M.A.S. when she was around ten years old.
Miria’s commitment to community involvement allowed her to graduate high school with over 400 volunteer hours where she received the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award and the Wallaceburg Kinsmen Community Volunteer Award for her volunteer efforts. Miria is pursuing her studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON in the Concurrent Education program with a major in history and a second teachable in math
About the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies
The Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) provides leadership, guidance, education, and resources for its 212 member Agricultural Societies. For more information on Ontario agricultural societies and their fairs visit www.ontariofairs.com
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