Pam Bailey is the first woman on the Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors. We got the chance to chat with Pam about MCGA, advice to other Farm Femmes and what else she has on the go.
Q. What was it about the canola growers that made you want to invest your time and energies there?
A. Prior to engaging in the nomination process, Pam started to monitor the MCGA publications more intentionally and she was impressed with the organizations consistent messaging and branding. Pam said “One of the key indicators of a healthy organization is their ability to articulate what they are doing, and why.” Pam also spoke extensively about the value, and importance, of systems crafted in the right way, in order to protect the best interests of the individual board members and the organization. After speaking to a number of different producers, she was satisfied that the organization had robust processes and the right people, so she filled out the nomination papers.
Q. What advice would you give to other Farm Femmes considering leadership positions?
A. Investigate and ask questions. We can all contribute to the community; it is just a matter of finding the right fit. Some of the questions to ask are:
What are the possible ways to be involved?
What are varying commitments and what do they look like?
During our conversation, I learned that Pam is not only dedicating her time, energies and talents to the Canola Growers. In fact, she is the co-founder of Ag Women Manitoba. This up-start, non-profit began in December 2017 as an extension of the work that Pam was doing with a mentorship program at the University of Manitoba. Look for more about Ag Women Manitoba in an upcoming post.