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Do More Agriculture Announces Addition of Five Influential Board Members

Reference: Do More Ag

March 26th, 2024 - The Do More Agriculture Foundation (Do More Ag) is pleased to announce the addition of five distinguished agriculture professionals to its board of directors. Each new board member brings unique perspectives and innovative ideas to further the Do More Ag's mission of promoting mental health awareness and support within the Canadian agriculture industry.

New Board Members – A Snapshot:

  • Calvin Sonntag: As the Executive Chairman of BrettYoung Seeds, with a lifetime devoted to the crop input business, Calvin brings unique insights into the challenges faced by Canadian farm families, emphasizing the crucial need for accessible mental health support.
  • Robert Hunter: As a fifth generation farmer, Robert's advocacy for the agriculture sector on an international scale underscores his commitment to advancing the wellbeing of farming communities across the world.
  • Sartaj Sarkaria: As CEO of Holstein Canada, Sartaj's extensive experience in leadership roles has fueled her dedication to providing more inclusive mental health resources and programming to the agriculture sector.
  • Emma Cross: As a beef producer with a deep connection to ranching and an agriculture communications professional, Emma's perspectives are shaped by her firsthand experience in the field and her commitment to supporting fellow producers.
  • Angela Geddes: As the spouse of a beef farmer on the East Coast and owner of "Soul on Fire Coaching," Angela has experienced the impact of mental health wellbeing in agriculture, which motivated her to raise awareness about mental health within the farming community.
Lauren Martin, Chair of the Board of Directors at The Do More Agriculture Foundation, expressed her enthusiasm over the new appointments, stating, "We are exceptionally pleased to welcome Angela, Calvin, Emma, Robert, & Sartaj to the board table. Each brings a tremendous value by representing diverse geographies and commodities. In addition to their professional experience, these attributes will help guide and direct the Foundation as it improves mental well-being in agriculture."

The combined expertise and commitment of these new board members are set to drive the Foundation's strategic objectives forward, representing a significant step towards a future where all members of the agriculture community are encouraged, supported and empowered to take care of their mental wellbeing.

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