October 04, 2005 11:55 ET

Local youth attend GROWMARK's Annual Meeting

KITCHENER, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 4, 2005) - Tanya Gracie of Tillsonburg recently spoke as this year's Ontario youth speaker at GROWMARK's Annual Meeting in Chicago. She is one of two young people chosen from the Ontario Co-operative Association Co-op Young Leaders Program (CYL) to take part in this opportunity. Adam Campbell of Strathroy also attended and participated at the event.

Twenty-one-year-old Gracie spoke to approximately 1,200 people about her views on the value of good leadership. Prior to her opportunity to speak in Chicago, Gracie was a facilitator for the CYL program for the past two years. "I am grateful for being given the opportunity to attend and speak at the GROWMARK Annual Meeting in Chicago. It was clear at the meeting that GROWMARK puts a lot of emphasis on youth and their future development," says Gracie. She attends Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo studying psychology and global studies.

For the past two years Gracie and Campbell attended camp together, learning about co-operatives and building their leadership skills through their roles as facilitator and participant, respectively. Campbell, 16, was sponsored to attend Co-op Young Leaders camp this summer by Orford Co-operative Ltd.

Each year GROWMARK provides travel opportunities to six exemplary youth who have shown dedication to Ontario youth development. Chosen youth travel to Chicago to learn more about the co-operative and network with GROWMARK business people and other young leaders. As part of their experience, CYL representatives along with other Ontario youth from Junior Farmers' Association of Ontario and 4-H Ontario, participated in the annual meeting's Grand Entry opening ceremonies.

GROWMARK, Inc. is a federated regional co-operative owned by local co-operative members across the Midwest United States and Ontario. Their products and services are marketed under the FS banner. Visit the GROWMARK Web site at

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