2009 Woman of Excellence in Agriculture Award

Pictured (L-R): Award Representative Pat Salter, Doris Aitken, and FWIO President Joy Trimble.

Congratulations to Doris Aitken, winner of the 2009 Woman of Excellence in Agriculture Award!  Doris was selected as the award recipient after she was nominated by friends, colleagues and fellow volunteers that recognized her significant contributions to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF) over the past 25 years. 

In a letter nominating Doris, Pat Palmer writes the following endorsement:

“I first met Doris at the Ontario Charolais Association (OCA) AGM where I quickly learned that she was the “go-to-person” and the glue that kept members involved and participating in OCA events.  Next, when I arrived at the COOP store in Mount Forest, I again found Doris behind the counter, in the aisles and in the store room willingly helping with her knowledge and outstanding service gratitude.  Gradually, she encouraged me to participate in the RAWF with other breeders.  Before I knew it, I was sponsoring one of the prizes in our breed’s competition.

Arriving at the RAWF as a neophyte, Doris was there to help calm my nervousness and show me the ropes.  I watched this quiet, unassuming woman, who takes vacation each year to orchestrate the successful presence of the OCA, make the group come together as an agricultural family.  One minute she’s grooming cattle; the next she is on the stage; then she is handing out prizes or running back into the barn to change and enter the ring to show her animal.”

That is quite a tribute to this modest, dedicated ambassador for the RAWF.  As a proud member of Canada’s agriculture community, Doris is an outstanding role model for young people and adults alike when it comes to service, participation and endorsement for the RAWF.  As another nominator suggested in their letter, Doris is a RAWF-a-holic!