September 16, 2011 12:35 ET

Local Youth Attend GROWMARK's Annual Meeting

KITCHENER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2011) - Ed Sauve of Woodslee, Ontario, recently attended the 2011 GROWMARK, Inc. Annual Meeting in Chicago as this year's youth speaker where he spoke in front of more than 1000 attendees about his views on co-operative leadership. Sauve was one of three young people chosen to take part in the travel opportunity sponsored by GROWMARK.

Also travelling to Chicago was Alissa Goodfellow of Napanee, a 2011 4-H Ontario Ambassador and Sarah McLaren of Courtice, representing Junior Farmers Association of Ontario.

Ed Sauve is a graduate and now a volunteer facilitator at the Ontario Co-operative Association's Co-operative Young Leaders summer camp program. In his closing remarks in Chicago, Sauve commented on the need to promote co-operatives more than ever especially with 2012 being named by the United Nations as the International Year of Co-operatives.

Ed Sauve was sponsored to attend CYL camp by AGRIS Co-operative based out of Chatham. Attending camp gives young people like Sauve the opportunity to learn about co-operatives and build strong leadership skills through their roles as a facilitator or camp participant.

Each year GROWMARK provides travel opportunities to youth who have shown dedication to leadership development. They travel to Chicago to learn more about GROWMARK and network with business people and other young leaders. As part of their experience, they took part in the annual meeting's grand opening ceremonies with young leaders from Future Farmers of America and had the opportunity to visit the Chicago Board of Trade.

GROWMARK, Inc. is a regional co-operative that provides FS branded and related agriculture products and services to farmers and rural residents in Ontario and the midwest and northeastern United States through local FS member co-operatives and by GROWMARK subsidiaries. In Ontario it provides products and services to more than 90,000 farmers and rural residents. For more information about the FS System, visit, and To learn more about the Co-operative Young Leaders Program, visit

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  • GROWMARK, Inc.
    Ontario Region
    Janice Johnson
    Marketing & Communication Specialist