$165,000 shared with 66 rural charities & not-for-profits across Canada through the Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Nov. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The saying goes that “it’s better to give than to receive” and Canadian farmers had the opportunity to do just that by participating in the Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program in 2018.

Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer. The program allows farmers to register to win $2,500 for their favourite community charity or not-for-profit organization. Charitable groups also offer suggestions online at www.canadasfarmers.ca, which farmers can consider in their application. 

The 2018 program received 758 farmer applications (a 68 per cent increase from 2017) and 337 charity suggestions (a 200 per cent increase from 2017) making this the most successful year yet since the program launched in 2012. Two winners were selected in each of 33 different regions in a random draw which took place on October 19, 2018 and managed by the program’s independent administrator, Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba.

“We are thrilled to see farmers and charities engaging in this program and thinking creatively about how to strengthen their communities,” said Trish Jordan, public & industry affairs director with Bayer’s Crop Science division. “There are so many worthwhile groups and projects in need of assistance in rural communities across the country. We know the funds will be put to good use for the benefit of all community members.”

The program received a wide variety of ideas from farmers on how local groups in their communities could benefit from the grants. Farmers recommended schools, libraries, historical societies, health and recreational facilities, rural daycares, senior clubs, 4-H groups, food banks and more. Some examples:

  • Beaver County Victim Services in Tofield, AB. - “We are thrilled to have these funds! We plan to use them to help educate our rural youth on Internet Safety. If it eliminates one child from being taken advantage of on the internet, it’s worth it!”
  • Humboldt Public School Childcare Centre in Humboldt, SK. “We will be using this wonderful grant for buying indoor and outdoor equipment and materials to continue providing care for all our daycare children aged 6 weeks old until 12 years old!” 
  • Hamiota Aquatic Centre in Hamiota, MB. “After coming to the end of its life span of 20 years we are replacing the liner of the pool. Last season we saw over 650 kids go through our swim lessons, learning valuable life skills. We are a regional facility serving many municipalities with children coming from all over. This grant means so much to our community and those that surround us!” 
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington in Clarington, ON. – “We run many different types of mentoring programs which help children develop life changing relationships, while exposing them to new experiences which may open their eyes and minds, not only to what is, but also to what could be. All of this helps to raise self esteem and build resilience as our young people develop into productive members of our community.”

Farmers living and working in the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northeastern B.C. had from mid-January to the end of September 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 www.canadasfarmers.ca or follow us on Twitter @CanadasFarmers.

About Bayer
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2017, the Group employed around 99,800 people and had sales of EUR 35.0 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.4 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.5 billion. For more information, go to www.bayer.ca.


Trish Jordan, Public & Industry Affairs Director

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

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Canadas Farmers Grow Communities - 2018 Winners


Acme Swimming Pool

Kelli Becker, Acme

Airdrie & District Victims Assistance Society
Bob & Ellen Cornish, Airdrie

Alberta Central Railroad Museum

M Jean Angus, Wetaskiwin

Donalda Animal Rescue

Marijke Maltais, Stettler

Alberta Legacy Development Society
Douglas Schneider, Leduc

Friends of the Newbrook Public Library

Dalton Trenholm, Newbrook

Beaverlodge Rural Crime Watch

Cori Blum, Hythe

Saskatoon Lake Agricultural Society
David Hegland, Wembley

Stavely And District Agricultural Society

Travis Husted, Stavely

Wrentham Library Society
Alvin Waldner, Wrentham

Peace Region Dance Academy

Derrick Dechief, Falher
Warriors Youth Rec Hockey Team
Marc Brochu, Girouxville

Drumheller & District Humane Society

Lisa Rosgen, Drumheller

Trochu Valley Historical Society
Francis deBeaudrap, Trochu 

Beaver County Victim Services Association

Colleen Sears, Tofield

The Heather Curling Club
Cathy Freed, Vegreville 
Clandonald & District Recreation Association
Audrey Cusak, Clandonald

Provost Lions Community Handi-van

Service Society
Menzies Farms, Provost


Bruno Senior Citizens Friendship Centre

Albert Huber, Bruno
Humboldt Public School Childcare Centre Inc.
Debbie Bernhard, Muenster

The Melville Heritage Museum

Jocelyn Mehrer, Melville

Performing Arts & Leisure Society
Randy Nieckar, Rama

171 Melfort Phoenix RC Air Cadets

Jackie Tluchak, Gronlid
Silver Park Community Club Inc.
David Moskal, Melfort

Glaslyn Central School

Playground Committee
Stephanie Mykytuk, Glaslyn
Lloydminster Agricultural
Exhibition Association
Sheila Phillips, Paradise Hill

Camp fYrefly, University of Regina

Lu Mitchell, Francis
Dysart Community Center
Brent Bradshaw, Dysart

Empty Arms: Perinatal Loss Support

Services Incorporated
Curtis & Krystle Wood, Wynyard

Prairie Meadow Place Inc.
Fred Jantzen, Rosthern 

Semans Drop-in Club Inc.

Sheldon Sorensen, Semans

Southey Senior Citizens Club Inc.
Theresa Schaffer, Southey

Davidson Communities In Bloom

Gail Prpick, Davidson
Elrose Health Care Auxiliary
Betty Mae Leavins, Elrose

Creelman Community Rink

Jay Gerry, Griffin

Odessa Community Hall
Lorenz Ziegler, Odessa

Cabri Ice Center Association Inc

Kyle Svenson, Cabri

Elrose Volunteer Fire & Ambulance
Gerald Anhorn, Elrose

Kerrobert Minor Hockey Association

Jim Cholin, Kerrobert

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 57
Josh Wilson, Eatonia


Lakeside Christian School Inc.

Blake Bell, Killarney

United Community Arts
Bernie Hildebrand, Crystal City

Hamiota Aquatic Centre

Dale Little, Hamiota
Rivers Curling Club
Dennis and Maxine Veitch, Rivers

Bowsman Early Learning Centre Inc.

Tyler Sutherland, Swan River

Community Bible Fellowship Christian School
Donna Stuart, Benito

Elm Creek Stay And Play Centre Inc.

Alice Miller, Elm Creek

Interlake Art Board
Leonard Unrau, Petersfield

Niverville Heritage Centre Garden Pavilion Project

Reg Friesen, Niverville

St. Adolphe Nursery School Inc.
Will Bergmann, Glenlea


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington
Henry Sarika, Bowmanville

Norwell District Secondary School LEAF Program
Lara Charlebois, Harriston

Prince Edward County 4-H Cloverbuds
Shannon Desjardins, Milford

Sault Minor Football League
James Monico, Sault Ste. Marie
Dunnville Youth Impact Inc.
Cynthia Buist, Canfield

London Fanshawe Symphonic

Chorus Organization
Ken McDougall, London

2nd Blenheim Girl Guides
Jean Smith, Blenheim
Ekcoe Central Public School Breakfast Program
Tammy Galbraith, Appin
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health
Gwen Devereaux, Seaforth

Rowbust Breast Cancer Survivor
Dragon Boat Racing Society
Diane Cook, London


Les Loisirs De St-Simon
Martin Laliberté, St-Simon de bagot

l'Arche de la Montérefie
Sylvain Palardy, le Grand
Arena Régionale Huntingdon
Erskine Farms, Hinchinbrooke
La Maison des Jeunes de Beaujeu
Carol Venneman, Clarenceville


Brigadoon Village
Geneve Newcombe, Port Williams, NS
 PEI 4-H Council
John Wood, Marshfield, PEI