Growing Sustainable Communities: NFU- O AGM & Keynote

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The Gibson Centre for Community Arts and Culture

Alliston, Ontario

63 Tupper St. W

Alliston, Ontario L9R1E4


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Growing Sustainable Communities:
Region 3 Convention & NFU-O AGM

It’s that time of year again! The NFU-O is hosting our annual convention and AGM in Alliston, Ontario. This year the AGM will focus on the importance of building sustainable communities in rural and urban contexts.

Convention Location

The Gibson Centre for Community, Arts & Culture
63 Tupper Street West
Alliston, ON
L9R 1E4

Convention Schedule

Local 347 (Simcoe, Dufferin) – Annual General Meeting
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Mercer Pub, Gibson Centre
FREE to all Local 347 members, out of town NFU-O members, MC2 volunteers and guests!

Community Potluck
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Mercer Pub, Gibson Centre
FREE, everyone welcome!

The Power of Food: How to Build Community in the 21st Century – Tamer Soliman
Keynote talk and screening of ‘The Great Disconnect’ with Tamer Soliman
Doors at 7:00 p.m., event at 7:30 p.m.
Honda Hall – Gibson Centre
Tickets: $10.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door

Join us for a keynote talk and film screening with Tamer Soliman on the importance of building community. This event is being organized in partnership with the Mono Mulmur Citizens’ Coalition.

Talk Description: Despite the fact that our time has been called the “age of loneliness,” Tamer, a wellness consultant and filmmaker, believes that there are many ways that we can regain a sense of community. One important way is through food, farms and farmers markets. During this talk, Tamer will share research and personal experiences related to building sustainable communities and the impact this has on both our individual health and the health of our society as a whole.

Film Synopsis: The Great Disconnect uncovers why, in a world seemingly more connected than ever before, people are feeling more and more socially isolated – and the true cost this has on our lives and communities. This documentary invites us to reflect on the relationships we have with those around us and raises the question: is it possible to overcome our modern culture of disconnectedness and rediscover how truly essential we are to one other?

To read more about Tamer Soliman, visit his website here.
To watch a trailer for the film ‘Disconnected’, click here.

Annual General Meeting and Workshops

Doors at 8:30 a.m., AGM from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Holmstrom Hall – Gibson Centre
Tickets: $95.00 (Covers the entire program including AGM, workshops, lunch, dinner, coffee/tea, and snacks)*

*If you have any dietary needs, please email when you register.

NFU/NFU-O Business
Reports from regional council and national officials, elections, and debates on
policy resolutions.

Community Building and Soil Health – Ruth Knight
This talk, presented by Ruth Knight who has 30 years of experience working with rural community and farm organizations in Ontario, will explore the role of soil health as it relates to community building and mitigating climate change.

Community Dinner and Music
Doors at 6:00 p.m., Dinner from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Mercer Pub – Gibson Centre

NFU-O Annual General Meeting Agenda

9:00 Call to Order Region 3 Convention

Acknowledge First Nations land

Steering Committee Report and Ratification

Approval of Agenda

Naming of Resolution Committee

Open Nominations

9:15 Regional, National, and Advisory Reports

9:40 Resolutions


10:55 Resolutions

11:30 Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities – Ruth Knight

12:30 OCO Presentation

12:45 LUNCH

1:45 Referred Resolutions

Recess Region 3 Ontario Convention

2:00 NFU-O Annual General Meeting

  1. Call to Order
  2. Financial Statements and Appointment of Auditor
  4. Bylaw Amendments
  5. Elections
    1. Adoption of Region 3 Policy Resolutions
    2. Other
    3. Adjournment

5:20 Reconvene Region 3 Convention

Adoption of National Board Members, IPC member, Women's Advisor and Youth Advisor

Closing comments – Regional Coordinator & NFU-O President

5:30 Adjournment

6:00 Dinner – Mercer Pub

Farm Tour
- 10:30AM - Lennox Farm - 518024, Dufferin County Rd 124, Melancthon, ON L9V 1V9


Red Pine Inn
497 Victoria Street East, Alliston

Ask for the National Farmers Union conference rates to receive a discounted price.

Discounted prices:
Thursday: $119 – 1 Queen Bed or 2 Double Beds, or $129 for 2 Queen Beds
Friday: $139 – 1 Queen Bed or 2 Double Beds, or $149 for 2 Queen Beds

**Book by February 1st to reserve accommodations**

Other options:
Stevenson’s B&B – 705-434-08445923 County Road 15, Alliston


We are working hard to plan the annual NFU-O AGM and Region 3 Convention, and we are seeking out new sponsorship opportunities. If you are involved with a business or organization who would be interested in sponsoring the convention and having a booth in our vendor fair, please contact Sana at for more information.

The sponsorship package can be found here.

For any questions or concerns regarding the 2019 AGM & Convention please contact us at

We would like to thank the sponsors for our 2019 convention:

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