This year the new agricultural program being developed for Thompson Rivers University in Williams Lake will be the benefactor of funds raised at the annual Cariboo Cattlemen’s Association Beef Benefit Bonanza in May.
Normally the funds raised are ear-marked for a registered society, but this year the directors decided the funds would be best spent supporting the new agricultural program currently being planned and developed at TRU.
A locally available agricultural program would lessen post-secondary education costs for local youth and adults wishing to further, or upgrade their education in the field of agriculture by allowing them to remain near home.
Such an advantage would be very welcome in our rural community.
The proposed model features courses taught over shorter time blocks, such as six week blocks instead of the normal semesters of four months.
This would open up accessibility to more mature local producers for more learning opportunities.
Everyone was smiling as several members of the cattlemen’s association public affairs and education committee met some of the major sponsors of the annual dinner and turned over the $2,500 raised to the TRU representative Dr. Ray Sanders.
The support shown by the community for the seventh annual Cariboo Cattlemen’s Beef Bonanza held at The Point Restaurant banquet room May 6 was tremendous as many local businesses contributed door prizes, cut flowers and more for the event.