Kelly-Pemberton defeats Renaud in local Ontario Federation of Agriculture zone election

Jackie Kelly-Pemberton addresses local farmers last March. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

INKERMAN — Dundas County’s Jackie Kelly-Pemberton has defeated Eleanor Renaud for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture directorship in Zone 11.

“It’s Official!,” exclaimed the former longtime Dundas Federation of Agriculture president in a Facebook post yesterday. The result has also been verified on the OFA website.

“I am so pleasantly surprised and honoured to be elected as your Regional Director Zone 11 (Dundas, Frontenac, Grenville,Leeds),” the director-elect wrote. “Thank you to all who took the time to vote and supported my campaign! It will be a learning curve and I am sure I will face challenges, but that is very much the ag life is it not!?”

Kelly-Pemberton also wrote that she looks forward to getting better acquainted with the “the membership, board and staff ‘TEAM’ that is OFA and bringing Zone 11 challenges to the Board table.”

She also acknowledged the defeated incumbent from Leeds County in the post, thanking Renaud for her “dedication and passion” and “willingness to serve in a leadership position in agriculture.”

Kelly-Pemberton will begin her three-year term as Zone 11 director after the OFA’s annual general meeting in November.

 

Renaud has held the directorship since OFA reorganized the board structure in 2008. She was acclaimed in the previous election three years ago.

Kelly-Pemberton officially threw her hat in the ring this summer after opting not to run again for the DFA presidency earlier this year. Steven Byvelds succeeded her as the DFA president.