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Barb McAllister

It is with extreme shock and profound sadness that we advise you of the very sudden, yet peaceful, passing of Barb McAllister. Barb joined the team at the Ontario Plowmen's Association in November 2005 as the Event Administrator. She was a dedicated employee who really cared. While she enjoyed the many aspects of her job, the Junior Plowing Competitors were extra important to her.
With the exception of being away from her family, she enjoyed travelling across the province to work at the various editions of the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo. Loading up all that stuff to move to the IPM was just part of the unique experience.
Barb's accomplishments in life are many. She left her mark in all that she did and by the person that she was.
She will be missed.

McAllister, Barbara Elizabeth – peacefully passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 with her family by her side at the age of 66. Cherished wife of the late Martin McAllister (predeceased 2013) and loving mother of Kevin (Judy), Roy (Sarah) and Judy Ostopovich (Wade). Loving Grandma of Emma, Alex, Duncan, Hayden, Spencer, Brantley, Easton, Carson and Sydney; loving great-grandma of Jacob. Will be sadly missed by her parents Lloyd and Betty Kinnaird and her brothers Jim (Janet) and Jack (Janice). Resting at Corbett Funeral Home, 95 Dundas Street N., Cambridge, where the family will receive friends on Monday, January 12, 2015 from 2-4 & 7-9pm. Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 11 am. Interment will follow at Kirkwall Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Help a Child Smile or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. The Funeral Home Website:



2015 BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards

Nominations are Now Open!

The Ontario Plowmen’s Association is pleased to accept nominations for the 2015 BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards. These awards will recognize outstanding families from across Ontario who best represent the values of the family farm within their rural communities. The awards will show appreciation for the contributions each of these families make to the further growth of the agricultural community.  The families will be honoured at the 2015 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo in Finch, Ontario.

Nominations can be made ON-LINE

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the 2014 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo!  We had a great time and hope you did as well!  Thank You to the Sponsors, Vendors and Volunteers, we could not have done it with out you!  We are looking forward to next year.  

Laura Price is the 2014-2015 Ontario Queen of the Furrow

Laura, from Simcoe County, was crowned Thursday evening at the Queen of the Furrow Banquet. First Runner up was Jennifer Vanden Ouweland from Lambton County and Second Runner Up was Fabienne Kagi from Stormont County. Two other finalists were Morgan Roy of Frontenac Wolfe Island and Sheena Grieve of Oxford Blandford-Blenheim.

Other winners were Miss Friendship, Natasha-Lyne Roy of Temiskaming. Meghan Taylor from Northumberland County and Olivia Bolender from York Region were winners of the BMO Scholarship Special. The top 5 plowers were first, Jordan Pederson of Wellington; second, Laura Price from Simcoe; third, Bonnie Ward of Durham Region; fourth. Valerie Stone of Brant-Six Nations; fifth, Laurissa Christie of Bruce County.

Laura will spend the coming year travelling across Ontario representing the OPA and IPM 2015.

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