Four Ontario students awarded education bursaries at Processing Vegetable Industry Conference

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During the Ontario Processing Vegetable Industry Conference held in London last week, four post-secondary students were awarded $9,000 in bursaries.  Award winners were recognized at an industry reception held Wednesday evening.

This is the 19th year bursaries have been awarded through the conference, and to date over $187,000 has been provided to deserving students pursuing careers in agriculture and food.  Four winners were selected from ten applications this year, shared OPVG Vice Chair Michael Denys.

Two bursaries are awarded in memory of two farm leaders in the processing vegetable industry, Jim Whitson and Ken Epp and additional dollars made available through these bursaries are raised through a 50:50 draw conducted annually at the conference.

2019 Winners included:

Christine Ngo:

Christine, of Toronto is a recipient of a $2,000 bursary. She is attending Ryerson University and will be graduating this year in the Nutrition and Food Program.

Ryan McKerral:

Ryan is also a recipient of a $2,000 bursary.  Ryan is from Chatham, and currently in his second year attending the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus in the Associate Diploma in Agriculture.

Sarah Furlan:

Sarah is the recipient of the Ken Epp Memorial Award in the amount of $3,000.  Sarah is from Chatham and in her second year at the University of Guelph, in the Food & Agricultural Business Program.

Noah Weber:

Noah is the recipient of the Jim Whitson Memorial Award.  This $2,000 bursary is given to a student attending Ridgetown College.  Noah is from Wheatley, and is in his second year at Ridgetown College in the Agriculture Program.

“These bursaries are a great example of the processing vegetable value chain working together to ensure that a new generation of individuals will have the interest, skills and abilities to develop and grow this sector of Ontario’s agri-food economy,” says Michael Denys. “It is our pleasure to help them achieve their educational goals through these bursaries.”

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