2022 Winners - Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation Scholarship
I was first introduced to the Simmental breed when I began dating, my now husband Anthony Wilcox, back in 2009. We are married and have had three children, Emma, Daxson, and Cade. We decided to move back home to rural Manitoba where we built our home on the Wilcox farm. Wilcox Simmentals was where we started and we have now embraced Wilcox Livestock, as we have extended into breeding purebred Speckle Park cattle, as well as increasing our purebred Simmental herd. We are raising our children in the cattle program and our oldest will be in her first year of 4H this year. We currently reside on the farm in Treherne MB where we work both on the farm with our cattle, as well as off in our careers. I work in emergency medicine as a Registered Nurse providing care to our rural population, many of which are our farmers. I grew up in rural Manitoba and attended the University of Manitoba where I graduated with my bachelor’s in nursing degree. I decided to apply to return to school this fall to obtain my master’s degree, where I was accepted at the University of Manitoba. I am working hard to push for positive influences on our health care system and create changes regarding our rural health care. Although I am not in an agricultural- based study, once completed, I intend to bring my advanced education back to rural Manitoba and continue with our progress in the cattle industry.
I am currently in my first year of Ag Management at Olds College in Olds Alberta. I am from Gladmar, Saskatchewan where my family owns and operates LaBatte Simmentals. We run a herd of red, black, and fullblood Simmental as well as a Simmental/Angus cross commercial herd and grain farming operation. Over the years I have become more involved within the breed. I am currently the president of the Saskatchewan Young Simmental Board, and I am Director on the Young Canadian Simmental Association Board. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing industry and breed. This has really helped shaped me into the young adult I am today. I plan to continue to be involved with the breed and someday be able to give back to the breed what it has given me as an individual. I have also been a member of the Radville 4H Beef Club for the last 8 years, and I enjoy showing cattle at many of the junior shows around our area. I am sincerely thankful for having this opportunity from the Friends of The Canada Simmental foundation and very grateful for everyone who has helped me become the person I am today.
2022 Winners - Dr. Allan A. Dixon Memorial Scholarship
I am 19 years old and completing my final year of Massage therapy in Regina, Saskatchewan with hopes to continue my education and obtain my Doctor of Chiropractic. I am from Grenfell, SK where my family owns and operates McCormack Family Ranch, a purebred Simmental and Angus operation. My involvement in the Simmental breed stemmed from a young age, showing Simmental females in 4-H, fall majors, and YCS provincial and national shows. I am currently the vice president of the SYCSA and look forward to planning this year's upcoming Tiger Lily Classic show in Weyburn, SK and encourage as many juniors as possible to take part! I am forever thankful for the opportunities that were provided to me through the Simmental breed and agriculture industry. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation for awarding me with the Dr. Dixon Memorial Scholarship and hope that I can continue giving back to youth in agriculture the way that the FCSF has done for me!
I was born and raised in Winkler Manitoba and grew up helping my uncle on his operation, Penner Stock Farms. Through this, I developed a passion for agriculture and veterinary medicine and set out to become a veterinarian. I attended the University of Calgary and obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences before entering veterinary school at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine where I am in my second year. Along the way I started my own fullblood Simmental herd and continue to grow and improve it as I continue school. In the future, I look forward to working alongside many different producers and the opportunity to give back to the industry through my career. I would like to sincerely thank the Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation for supporting the next generation of beef producers and their contribution to advancing the industry.
2022 Winner - Trevor Vance Memorial Scholarship
Jackson Corner is 18 years old and currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. He is from Caledonia, Ontario where alongside his family manages their small operation, Edgewater Farm, with a focus on seedstock and show cattle. Jackson is slowly growing his herd of purebred and percentage Simmentals and is very excited for the future of the Simmental breed in Canada. Jackson was introduced to the Simmental breed through junior show activities and 4-H, he has been grateful to attend local, provincial, and national Simmental shows and looks forward to attending many more in the future. Additionally, Jackson looks forward to joining the Ontario Young Canadian Simmental Association board in 2023 and becoming further involved with the junior association. Jackson is incredibly grateful to the Canadian Simmental Foundation for awarding him the Trevor Vance Memorial Scholarship.