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Okanagan orchardist joins AIF board

May 5, 2009  ByMarg Land


May 5, 2009, Victoria, BC – The Investment Agriculture Foundation of
B.C. (IAF) recently announced the appointment of Don Claridge to its
board of directors.

May 5, 2009, Victoria, BC – The Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C. (IAF) recently announced the appointment of Don Claridge to its board of directors.
 
The IAF is a not-for-profit organization that manages and distributes federal and provincial funds in support of innovative projects to benefit the agriculture and agri-food industries in B.C. Claridge is one of four new directors appointed following the foundation’s April 27, 2009 annual general meeting.
 
Claridge is a professional agrologist with a lifelong dedication to agriculture and agricultural organizations. He has been involved with the B.C. Fruit Growers Association (BCFGA) for more than 35 years, serving in various capacities including chairman of the North Region local. Claridge has also been a member and chairman of the B.C. Tree Fruit Marketing Board. In 2005 he was appointed to the subcommittee for appeals for the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization program. He is currently a director of the Vantage One Credit Union in Vernon. Earlier this year Claridge was the recipient of the Award of Merit from the BCFGA. He represents the tree fruits and grapes sector on the IAF board.
 
Other new appointments to the IAF board include Paula Brown, Jens Larsen, and Jim Tingle.
 
Continuing foundation directors are Irmi Critcher, Bar Hayre, Derek Janzen, Ernie Willis and Stuart Wilson. Directors re-appointed for a further two-year term are Debbie Aarts, Chris Byra, Gay Hahn, and Peter Levelton.
 
Also sitting on the board are non-voting directors John Berry (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) and Harvey Sasaki (B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Lands).
 
To learn more about the Investment Agriculture Foundation and the funding programs it administers, please visit www.iafbc.ca.

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