Manitoba Bulletin

Manitoba Bulletin

Great Tastes of Manitoba Celebrates 30 Seasons

Canola Eat Well director Ellen Pruden (left) and Manitoba Canola Growers director Curtis McRae (right) cook with Great Tastes of Manitoba host Dez Daniels. The CTV show celebrates 30 years.

Great Tastes of Manitoba is a long-standing collaboration between commodity groups and the Manitoba Government. It’s the longest running cooking show in Canada. But it is more than just a cooking show, it is about building public trust and connecting consumers to great, quality ingredients proudly grown by
local farmers.

Great Tastes of Manitoba is watched by more Manitobans than any show on the Food Network.

Over the years, Ellen Pruden, Canola Eat Well director, has shared the stage with farmers and special guests. In 2016-17 season, farmer Curtis McRae cooked with Pruden and host Dez Daniels as Canada celebrated its 150th anniversary. McRae shared how he grows a quality product for consumers in Manitoba, Canada and around the world.

Great Tastes of Manitoba is just one of the many market development initiatives that Manitoba Canola Growers uses to delivers a strong canola message to key audiences across Canada to build the demand for canola.

Tune into Season 30 on CTV

October 5 – Savour the Flavour with Canola Oil:

Showcasing recipes from Nita Sharda, registered dietitian (RD), Chef Andrea Buckett and Erin MacGregor, RD.

November 23 – We “Can-ola” Do It:

Featuring recipes from the awarding winning recipe book Eat More Veggies. The book shares recipes from Erin MacGregor, RD, and Dara Gurau from How to Eat and is a partnership with Peak of the Market, Manitoba Association of Home Economists and the Manitoba Government.

High School Scholarship Winners

Manitoba Canola Growers is proud to announce the 2019 high school scholarship winners. Five $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to the following deserving students from across Manitoba.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Benson Pizzey, Russell – He is enrolled in the Agricultural Equipment Technician course at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
  • Shavaughn Jochum, St. François Xavier – She is enrolled at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Science.
  • Tayah Vanstone, Miami – She is enrolled at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Arts.
  • Cassie Henderson, Reston – She is enrolled at University of Saskatchewan in the Faculty of Agriculture and Bioresources.
  • Abby Vanstone, Portage la Prairie – She is enrolled at the University of Manitoba.

Congratulations to this year’s winners! We wish you the best of luck as you pursue your chosen careers.

Changeover for our Grower Engagement and Extension Manager

In early June, Manitoba Canola Growers (MCGA) welcomed a new grower engagement and extension manager to the team – Corina Lepp of Rivers, Manitoba. Lepp has taken over for Roberta Galbraith as a collaborator for events like CROPS-A-PALOOZA, Learn to Lead and the Crop Connect Conference.

“Corina is joining a great organization and it is the people that make it great,” says Jack Froese, a director with MCGA. “We’re thrilled to welcome her aboard. From our initial observations, we think she will be a great fit. Welcome to the team, Corina!”

In late July, MCGA congratulated Galbraith and wished her well as she retired to focus on her family farm near Minnedosa. Galbraith worked for Manitoba Canola Growers for eight years. In that time, she was a leader in developing and creating learning opportunities and activities for canola farmers in Manitoba. Her strategic thinking, creativity, passion for learning and wisdom will truly be missed.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Roberta for her hard work. She created strong connections with everyone in the ag industry and was one of the visionaries involved in the creation of the CropConnect Conference and many other programs,” Froese says. “Thank you for making MCGA such a great organization.”

Congratulations on your retirement, Roberta! Manitoba Canola Growers thank you for your hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to the industry. We wish you all the best!