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Okanagan Branch 2022 AGM & Branch Awards

February 10, 2022 - 1:00pm(PDT/PST)
Okanagan (District 2)
PD hours: 

The Okanagan Branch of the BCIA invites you to register for their upcoming Annual General Meeting, held virtually on Thursday, February 10, 2022, at 1:00 PM. 

This meeting will be held virtually on the Adobe Connect platform. Login details will be emailed and posted before the AGM. Download the AdobeConnect app and test your system before the AGM for best results.

AGM Documents will be posted shortly.

2022-2023 Branch Executive Nominations

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the Okanagan Branch Executive, we invite you to submit your nomination to Kirsten Kurjata, kjkurjata@gmail.com, on or before January 11, 2022. Please note that nominations will not be accepted from the virtual "floor" for positions that received nominations before the AGM.  

The following Okanagan Branch Executive positions are open for nominations for the 2022-2023 term:

  • Treasurer
  • Professional Development (PD) Coordinator
  • Secretary
  • Articling Coordinator
  • Director Central
  • Director South
  • Director North
  • Registrant(s) at Large (2 openings)

For descriptions of each position, please see the Branch Executive Responsibilities document.


Articling Registrants Needing to do their Oral Presentation and Newly Elevated Registrants (PAgs and TAgs)

All articling Registrants that would like to complete their oral presentation component at this year's AGM, please inform Gisele Rehe, giselerehe@gmail.com,  Articling Coordinator, as soon as possible and forward your name, photo, and a short bio by the deadline of January 11.  Last-minute presentations from the floor will not be accepted. Due to the virtual format of the AGM, each presentation will be allocated a maximum of 5-minutes of agenda time.

All newly elevated Registrants since the last Branch AGM (new PAgs and TAgs) wishing to be recognized for their achievement and those still required to recite their Professional Oath, please inform Gisele Rehe as soon as possible and provide your name and a photo (preferably with you holding your framed certificate) to giselerehe@gmail.com by January 11. Last-minute requests from the floor will not be accepted.   


Branch Awards

The purpose and intent of the awards are multi-faceted, namely, to:

  • Recognize outstanding Agrology practice within the Okanagan Branch
  • Build community relationships
  • Increase the profile and visibility of the BCIA, thereby raising public awareness
  • Increase professional activities for Registrants
  • Recognize and provide grant funding to youth engaging in studies leading to Agrology

Okanagan Branch Awards Categories

The awards categories are inclusive of both OK Branch Registrants and non-members as follows:

Professional Agrologist Achievement Award

To recognize excellence and outstanding agrology practice by a Professional Agrologist within a regular area of practice. The individual has significantly contributed to the promotion and advancement of Agrology through research, innovation, contribution to the community, or agrological awareness within the province, through their community work or employment. This award is designed to recognize specific achievements (IE. groundbreaking research, program building, etc.). This award should be nominated within three years of the specific achievement.

Lifetime Achievement Award

To recognize an individual Professional Agrologist for lifetime contribution to Agrology, within and outside of employment.  The individual has shown exemplary service in agrology through their career and has continually contributed positively to the community. This award focuses on a lifetime of achievements (collective contributions), and therefore should be awarded to someone who is at or nearing retirement in the field of Agrology.

Farm Family Award

To recognize a family-oriented farm within the Branch boundaries. This could include multi-generational family operation due to historical settlement or recently established family-run enterprises, who demonstrate innovative practices, implementation of outstanding environmental values, who are committed to good agricultural practices, service to their community and/or any other criteria that make them “exceptional”.

 Agricultural Business Award

This award is non-specific to the family farming operation and is inclusive in recognizing excellence in ‘Value-Added’ agri-business. This is dedicated to community businesses that have shown exemplary service in the agricultural or environmental business sector. 

Environmental Award

To recognize the individual, the business, or the government body for exemplary practice with a valuable contribution to improving the health of the environment and/or being a leader in environmental sustainability.

Making an Award Nomination

To make a nomination, the BCIA Okanagan Branch Registrant in good standing may nominate for any of the above categories. Nominees should fall within all or most of the categories listed below:

  • Operating within the field of Agrology
  • Operating full time within Branch boundaries (some work may extend boundary)
  • Ethical business practices
  • Proven environmental stewardship of soil, water, air, and habitat, as well as species-at-risk awareness and management
  • Business operation is in good standing
  • Use of modern principles and innovative practices
  • Community-oriented

Criteria for Agrologist Achievement Award and Lifetime Achievement

  • The nominee must be a registered Registrant in good standing of the BCIA at the time of award nomination.
  • The Registrant must be a current Professional Agrologist or Articling Agrologist for a minimum of two years at the time of nomination.
  • Documentation for Recognition Award
  • Nominating Agrologist
  • Name of nominee
  • Award being Nominated for
  • Mailing address / Contact information of the nominee
  • Education (If known)
  • Reason for nomination. (Maximum 250 words)
  • Employment (current plus past if known).
  • Professional achievements and awards (if known).
  • Service to the profession at Branch or provincial level.
  • Supporting letters (maximum three from professionals, industry organizations, or individuals) Letters should document contribution to agriculture, natural resource or environmental science and general status among peers and in the agricultural, natural resource and environmental communities).

Nomination Documentation Requirements for Farm Family, Agricultural Business and Environmental Awards:

  • Nominating Agrologist
  • Award being Nominated for
  • Name of Farm or Business
  • Mailing address / Contact information
  • Website
  • Reason for nomination. (Maximum 250 words)
  • Letters of support (Maximum of 3)

Please submit all award nominations to Andrew Kuiper at andrewskuiper@gmail.com no later than January 21, 2021.