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November 17, 2022

Bayer supports 66 rural-based Canadian charities with $165,000

Calgary, AB. – Nov. 17, 2022 – Sixty-six (66) charities and not-for profit groups across Canada will each receive a $2,500 community grant to improve the lives of people in their communities, thanks to nominations from Canadian farmers.

In mid-November, the Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities (CFGC) program (, supported by Bayer Crop Science Canada, completed its random draw and awarded the winning charities and not-for-profits with a total of $165,000 in funding to support their work and community projects.

Jocelyn Bender, a 29-year employee of the Swan Valley School division, was grateful to hear their project to build a counselling library was selected after Faith Martin, a farmer from Benito, Manitoba put forward their nomination. “We are so thankful to Faith for the nomination,” said Bender. “Faith and I are from the same agriculture community, and she is an active parent in the school community. She is aware of the several challenges that children in our division face, which include mental health challenges. I am very excited to create a Counselling Library for our Student Services Department and provide support to students and families.”

“This is such a rewarding program when you see all the worthy projects and community organizations seeking support,” said Trish Jordan, senior business partner, government and industry affairs with Bayer’s Crop Science division. “It was clear this year that many community groups are recovering from two-years of Covid-related non-activity and farmers were very active in putting forth applications for consideration.”

First introduced in 2012, the 2022 CFGC program received over 700 farmer applications and charity suggestions, similar in volume to previous years.

The program received many suggestions from farmers about how local groups in their communities could benefit from the grants, with recreation; community improvement projects; agricultural societies; fire and health organizations; and rural daycares garnering the most support.

Farmers living and working in the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northeastern B.C. had from mid-January to September 30th to submit their entries by visiting the Canada’s Farmers website and completing an online application form.

To read more community stories or gather additional information about Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities visit or on Twitter @CanadasFarmers.

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Note: A complete listing of all 66 winning entrants, their farmer nominator and their community, is detailed below.


Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities - 2022 Winners


A.G. Ross Arena

Allen Smyl, Mallaig

Bellis 4-H Beef Club

Kelly Montgomery, Smoky Lake

Bezanson Agricultural Society

Bryan Fenton, Bezanson

Calmar Elementary School PTA

Russell Kushinski, Calmar

Claresholm Animal Rescue Society

Faye Knudson, Claresholm

DeBolt and District Pioneer Museum Society

Marvin Moore, DeBolt

Falher and Area Beautification and Leisure Activities Society

Brandon Lefebvre, Girouxville

Farming Smarter Association

Ryan Mercer, Lethbridge County

Innisfree School Financial Society

Carmen Kassian, Innisfree

KAC Lions Club

Natasha Pospisil, Kirriemuir

Kneehill Adult Learning Society

Sara Weigum, Three Hills

Langdon Library Society

Corrie Carrobourg, Langdon

Sharebear Playschool Society

Kelsey Wilson, Big Valley

Snake Valley Drop-In Centre

Ian Godkin, Milo

Soaring Eagle Support Society

Samantha Churchill, Whitecourt

Société Des Amis De L’école Héritage

Denise Maisonneuve, Guy

Society of the Friends of
Daysland School Council

Laura Zwack, Daysland

Vegreville Preschool Association

Jef & Taylor Ziegler, Vegreville



Aberdeen Composite School

Brad Kinar, Aberdeen

Birch Hills & District Recreation Board

Stewart Adams, Birch Hills

Canadian Mental Health Association
Jaw Branch

Ryan Hennenfent, Caronport

Canora Composite School

Tracey & Rob Bletsky, Canora

Expressway Family Centre

Carole Stewart, Oxbow

Great Sandhills Historical Society Inc.

Christine Armstrong, Sceptre

The Hanley Agricultural Society

Ashley Thall, Hanley

Hepburn Before and After School Inc.

Brendan Klassen, Hepburn

La Pouponniere
Co-operative Daycare

Nicolas Ferre, Zenon Park

Lemberg Volunteer Fire Dept

Dennis Clarke, Lemberg

Macklin Soccer Association

Kelly Kidd, Macklin

Major Play Pals Preschool

Sharon Stang, Luceland

Muenster Green Space Project

Lee Bergermann, Muenster

Palliser Regional Park

Trevor Giullaume, Moose Jaw

Raymore Community Daycare

Scott Felton, Raymore

Rivier Elementary School

Kristin Turgeon, Spiritwood

Sonningdale Volunteer
Firefighters Assoc.

Shelley Andrews, Asquith

Southey Communiplex

Lisa Grudnizki, Southey

Springside Family Resource Centre

Nicole Fredrickson, Theodore

St. Vital School Community Council

David Blais, Delmas

Tantallon Memorial Recreational Co-op

Stefan Arnason, Tantallon

Watson Soccer

Jeffrey Mathieson, Watson

Weyburn Agricultural Society

Jeff Clay, Weyburn




Arnaud Community Improvement Committee

Jennifer Delaquis, Arnaud

Boyne Regional Library

Tim Koster, Carman

Cypress River Multi-purpose Community Centre

Riley Parsonage, Baldur

Expanding Community Cancer Care

Greg Setter, Russell

Manitoba Farmer Wellness Program

Sandi Knight, Macdonald

Souris Glenwood
Parks and Recreation

Lauren Somersall, Souris

Southwest Seniors Housing Inc.

George Heide, Boissevain

Swan Valley School Division
Counselling Library

Faith Martin, Benito

Wee World Daycare Inc.

Katlyn Richaud, Portage la Prairie




GROW Community Food Literacy Centre

Esther Lucier,


Kawartha Antique Power

Betty Archer,

Little Britian

Lennox and Addington
4-H Dairy Club

Madeline Fretts, Bath

Meals On Wheels, Chatham-Kent

Gary Noorenberghe, Thamesville

Optimist Club Of Mornington

Markus & Pia Daetwyler,


Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association

Michael Doelman, Douglas

Perth 4-H Association

Carolyn van der Heiden, Listowel

St. Patricks Kinkora Playground Project

Johanna Nienhuis, Sebringville

Tavistock Assistance Program

Paul Brenneman, Tavistock

Three Oaks Cabin

Diane Bergsma, Florence

Hemmingford Volunteer Fire Department

Joshua Kyle, Hemmingford

Huntingdon Legion

Brigette Madlener Nieuwenhof


Shawville 4-H Club

Kayla McCann, Shawville

Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada

Jacques Brazeau, Très St. Rédempteur



Kings County 4-H Council

Marc Pyle, Aylesford, NS

KidSport Nova Scotia

Geneve Newcomb, Port Williams, NS