Local woman named Woman of Excellence
Holstein clubs, work with the winter fair and the former Ottawa Winter Fair (now in Kemptville), farm tours, and cattle shows. For 20 years she has worked on the Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec Holstein Champion shows, has been on the Farm Tours Ontario branch committee, has worked with the Metcalfe Fair and other fairs and shows, and has offered their farm for tours by foreign visitors and schools. She, her husband John and their two children also milk 80 cows on the farm which she grew up on.
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TORONTO l Marvelville community resident, Karen Eastman Velthius, has been awarded the 2012 Woman of Excellence in Agriculture Award by the FederatedWomen’s Institutes of Ontario. Eastman Velthius was presented with the award at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, by FWIO President-elect Evelyn
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Marvelville area resident, Karen Eastman Velthius, is shown in her farmhouse kitch- en, holding the ribbon forming part of her 2012 Woman of Excellence in Agriculture Award from the FederatedWomen’s Institutes of Ontario. Eastman Velthius received the award at the Royal Winter Fair inToronto for her lifelong work with 4-H dairy and Holstein clubs, theWinter Fair, and Holstein championship shows. In the background are a portion of the many ribbons and awards the family has collected.
Regarding 4-H she says, “It’s been pretty much 40 years of kids and cows.” She describes weekends with multiple shows requiring close coordination. “I really like that part of it—watching kids with calves do well and progress.”They do fewer school tours now, due to the schools’ insurance issues. She says that’s a shame. “Sometimes when the kids have a buddy out from town, this is their only exposure to agriculture.”
Peck, in November. She was nominated by Osgoode WI member Myra Kelly, who has been a family friend for years and was once Eastman Velthius’ elementary teacher. The award is given by Women’s Institutes to one Ontario woman with exceptional accomplishments who showed dedication to agriculture and promotion of agriculture. In this case the accomplishments include lifelong participation in 4-H dairy and
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