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September 28, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm PDT


Region 8 Convention

September 28, 2022 (6pm Pacific)

Join us for an informative evening of speakers, updates, and democratic process at the Region 8 Convention. This convention will be held online over Zoom.

This year’s speakers will include:

  • Abra Brynne: Food policy expert and advocate, lead author of the Equity Framework for Farmers for Climate Solutions
  • Arzeena Hamir: Owner of Amara Farm, Vice Chair of the Board of the Comox Valley Regional District, and key advisor on the Equity Framework for Farmers for Climate Solutions
  • Brooke Hayes: Chair of the Farmer Mental Health Working Group and a PhD student at the University of Victoria studying the connection between soil health and farmer well-being.
  • Katherine Aske: Chair of the Farmland Access & Action Committee and recent guest on Episode 3 of the Who Will Feed Us podcast
  • Katie Ward: NFU President

We hope you’ll tune in on September 28th and invite friends to come learn more about current issues affecting our region’s agricultural landscape, as well as get updates from both regional and national leaders in the NFU.

Anna Westhaver
Region 8 Coordinator


Joining by computer: Go to the Zoom website https://zoom.us/ and click on Join a Meeting, then enter the Meeting ID and Passcode:

Meeting ID: 898 9358 0704 / Passcode: 845527 

Joining by phone:

  1. Write down the Meeting ID and Passcode numbers on a piece of paper in advance.
  2. Dial one of these numbers: +1 204 272 7920     or     +1 438 809 7799
  3. Enter the Meeting ID 898 9358 0704 and the Passcode: 845527

CONVENTION AGENDA – Wednesday, September 28 

6:00 PM—Call to Order & Introductions

6:05 PM—Regional Coordinator’s Welcome – Anna Westhaver

6:10 PM—National President’s Annual Report – Katie Ward

6:30 PM—Diversity in the Fields: Farm Sector Resiliency- Abra Brynne and Arzeena Hamir 

7:00 PM—Understanding and Working with the Wild and Wonderful World of Soil BiologyBrooke Hayes 

7:30 PM—The Financialization of Farmland: impacts, Implications, and what Çan be DoneKatherine Aske 

8:00 PM—Break

8:05 PM—Minutes of Prior Meeting

8:10 PM—British Columbia/Yukon Updates & Issues:

  • Regional Coordinator’s Report
  • Women’s Advisory Report
  • Youth Report
  • Youth President IPC Report

8:40 PM—R8 Elections (Board members, Women’s Advisor, Youth Advisor, IPC rep)

9:00 PM—Resolutions: if there are any issues that matter to you and would like the NFU to work on, please submit your resolutions to NFU National Office by Monday, September 26.

9:30 PM—Adjournment


September 28, 2022
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm PDT


Region 8