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Hector Delanghe awarded OF&VGA Lifetime Achievement Award


January 16, 2009
By Jim Meyers

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delangheJanuary 14, 2009, Niagara Falls, Ont. – Hector Delanghe, a Blenheim,
Ont.-area fruit and vegetable grower and well-known to growers across
Canada through his work with the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC),
was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ontario Fruit
and Vegetable Growers Association at it’s 150th annual general meeting
Jan. 12-14 in Niagara Falls.

January 14, 2009, Niagara Falls, Ont. – Hector Delanghe, a Blenheim, Ont.-area fruit and vegetable grower and well-known to growers across Canada through his work with the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association at it’s 150th annual general meeting Jan. 12-14 in Niagara Falls.

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The OF&VGA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented at the 150th annual meeting to Hector Delanghe by Ken Forth (right) who has worked with him on many farm labour issues. Also making the presentation of the award are OFVGA CEO Art Smith (left) and re-elected OF&VGA chair Brenda Lammens. Photo by Jim Meyers

In making the presentation Hamilton-area broccoli grower Ken Forth, who is chair of the OF&VGA’s Labour Issues Coordinating Committee (LICC), said that Hector, while having a successful farm business, is most noted for his off-farm representation of growers on numerous organizations that include stints as head of the OF&VGA, the national Canadian Horticulture Council as well as many farm labour, fruit testing, and crop insurance organizations.

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He is a former chairman of the Burley Tobacco Growers Marketing Board and was a recipient of the OF&VGA annual Award of Merit in 1989. He is also a past recipient of the Ontario Golden Apple Award.

“Hector Delanghe, as most people in this industry realize, has dedicated himself to the betterment of the horticultural industry, in particular labour and safety nets,” Ken Forth said, adding that Hector is a strong supporter of the concept of farm organizations working together.

Hector, 69, began farming when he was 16 and now farms 410 acres including 170 acres of fruit and 75 acres of vegetables and cash crops in Kent County with his son, Mark. He operates a farm market and retail/wholesale fruit packing line and Cherry Lane Farms which provides crop protection products for area growers.


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