Pat Tonn of Abbotsford has been elected board chair of Agriculture in the Classroom Canada.

Pat Tonn of Abbotsford has been elected board chair of Agriculture in the Classroom Canada.

Abbotsford woman named chair of Agriculture in the Classroom Canada

Pat Tonn previously held position of vice-chair for two years

An Abbotsford woman has been elected chair of the board of directors for Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C).

Pat Tonn was elected at the annual general meeting in June and began her two-year term on June 22. She succeeded Laurie Loane of Agriculture in the Classroom Prince Edward Island, who stepped down after two years in the position.

Tonn previously served as vice-chair of AITC-C.

She is also executive director of BC Agriculture in the Classroom, a position she has held since 2015.

While leading BCAITC, Tonn has dedicated her time to further agriculture and food education in the province and to ensure BCAITC takes a leading role in the cultivation of the agriculture education sector.

During her tenure, BCAITC has achieved considerable growth, with the organization’s programs and resources now reaching over 500,000 B.C. students annually from kindergarten to Grade 12.

Tonn said she is honoured to be stepping into her new role as chair of AITC-C.

Agriculture in the Classroom is a non-profit, charitable organization that works with educators to bring local agriculture to B.C.’s students.

Together with farmers, teachers, and agriculture specialists, they teach students about the story of agriculture and food.

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