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Board of Directors 2013-2014
Executive Committee


Philp Kolodychuk (AB)

This is Phil's fourth year on the CSF board. Phil, along with his wife and children have raised lambs in Bluesky, Alberta for the past 12 years. Phil also works off the farm. “I got involved to better my knowledge of the national sheep industry,” he says. Phil hopes to influence other producers to keep involved in their industry.

Rob Scott  (ON) 

This is Rob's second year on the CSF Board. He has owned Bridged Creek Farm in Brantford, Ontario since 1992 and now runs it with his wife Joanne and son Matthew. A joint equine venture, Wild By Nature, is operated by daughter Rachel. The flock currently consists of over 200 commercial ewes with a strong Dorper influence. As well, a herd of registered Texas Longhorn cattle is maintained. The farm is presently going through an aggressive restructuring, adopting practices that should result in increased production in relation to land base. These include rotational grazing, intensive pasture management, accelerated lambing and TMR rationing. With these in place it is expected that another 2-300 ewes will be added by 2015..

Barbara Johnston Grimmer (BC)

This is Barbara’s fifth year on the CSF board and she is serving her second term as Secretary. She grew up on a purebred sheep farm, and currently has a commercial flock in the southern Gulf Islands with her husband Glenn. Barbara, a Professional Agrologist, is a ruminant and monogastric nutritionist. She studied agriculture at UBC, nutrition at Texas A&M and also at University of California (Davis). She writes a regular farm column in her local newspaper and serves on the BC Farm Animal Care Council. She is past president and currently the CSF Director of the BC Sheep Federation, a producer member of the BC Abattoir Association and a director of the Inter Island Sheep Breeders Association

Cathy Gallivan (NB)

Cathy Gallivan got her first job on a sheep farm in Nova Scotia in 1975. Since then she has lambed sheep, taught college courses in sheep production and worked as a government sheep specialist in Alberta, obtained M.Sc. (Oregon State) and PhD (University of Guelph) degrees in Sheep Breeding and Genetics, and served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Sheep Breeders' Association. Cathy returned to her family’s farm in Deerville, New Brunswick, in 2005, where she keeps a small flock of Shetland sheep, from which she sells freezer lambs, breeding stock and raw and processed wool. Cathy has been the publisher of Sheep Canada magazine since 2000.


Board Members

Bill Gibson (AB)

Bill has been raising sheep for 37 years. He and his wife, Lorna, and daughter, Maryellen, run Windpatch Farm near Tees, AB, where their goal is to market 500 lambs per year. He's committed to representing Alberta shepherds at the CSF board table and is particularly interested in addressing labour shortages, improving shepherd education and standardizing animal welfare rules across the country.
Bill feels that CSF's greatest value is providing the industry the ability to speak with a unified voice. "That's how we get government's attention and get things done." He believes CSF can play a key role in influencing rules governing foreign workers who seek to become shepherds and shearers in Canada.
When he's not tending the flock, you'll find Bill tinkering with one of the antique tractors he collects on his farm.

Herman Bouw (MB)

This is Herman’s second year on the CSF board. He and his sons plan on lambing 300 ewes in 2013. Their primarily grass-fed lamb operation utilizes Rideau and Canadian Arcott, Texel and Ile de France genetics. Actively involved as a director for the Eastern region of the Manitoba Sheep Association, he has a keen awareness of the need for producers to work together for industry improvement. Past involvement in church leadership has also helped shape his perspective.
Wilson Reid (NL)
Arlette Seib (SK)

"Allen and I reside on a piece of prime prairie grassland on the East side of the area known as the Allan Hills and take advantage of it by grazing a midsized flock of 500 ewes and a few cattle.
We are a commercial ewe and lamb operation with crossbred wool sheep. What gives us a sense of purpose is maintaining and managing sheep and land together for the mutual and respective benefits to both. Our pastures are subdivided; we rotationally graze and keep our flock out on pasture throughout the winter as well. We utilize stock piled forage and swath grazing to limit our hay feeding period. We lamb on pasture in May/June.
I initially bought a handful of sheep because of a dog and that was my start into sheep. Today we rely heavily on dogs in the management of our flock, and stock dogs and livestock guardian dogs remain one of my main enjoyments in this land and livestock life."
Harry Elsinga (PE)

“Harry & Vickie Elsinga operate Brookwater Farms, New London area, Mid-PEI - one of the most beautiful areas of our province. Harry & Vickie have been raising purebred, registered Rideau Arcott sheep since 2010 and are currently a member of the Ontario Sheep Health Maedivisna and GENOVIS Program. Harry is a Director and vice-president of the PEI Sheep Breeders’ Association.
Beth Densmore (NS)

Beth and her husband Ron, purchased his family dairy farm in 1989. They milked cows until Dec. 2007. At that time Ron started his book keeping business and Beth planted a 2.5 acre vineyard and added a flock of 40 commercial ewes, which has increased to 130 ewes over the years. Beth is past president of the NS Federation of Agriculture, Past President of the Atlantic Federations of Agriculture and in her second year as President of the Sheep Producers Association of NS. Beth and Ron have three children, all with careers outside of agriculture.

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