Auburn's Oudshoorn, Bos co-winners of President's Rose Award
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Two young Auburn-area women, Jolande Oudshoorn and Lauren Bos, have been named co-winners of the Juniors Farmers Association of Ontario (JFAO) President’s Rose Award for Most Outstanding Current Member Award – the first time ever that two people shared the award.
The awards were handed out last week at the provincial organization’s annual banquet. Bos is the past-president of the Huron-Perth Junior Farmers, while Oudshoorn is the current president. This is actually the second consecutive year in which Oudshoorn has won a President’s Rose Award at the provincial level, claiming the Outstanding Novice Member Award at last year’s ceremony.
The local organization also won many awards at the banquet, including being named Agriculture Club of the Year for its “Who Let The Hogs Out?” fundraiser and farm safety Facebook campaign. The Huron-Perth chapter also received a number of communication awards, including Best New Member Recruitment Activity, Best Community Betterment Club Photo, Best Century Farm Sign Photo, Best Fundraising Idea and recognition in the News Article Competition thanks to the club’s exposure in several local newspapers.
Bos said she was very honoured when she found out she’d won the award, adding that it’s a prestigious award to win. Not only was she proud to have been named the winner, but to share the honour with Oudshoorn, who is very much a teammate in the group, made it even more special.
She said much of the work being done by the organization wouldn’t be possible without Oudshoorn and she expected Oudshoorn would say the same about her, which she did.
Bos said she’s been happy to be a member of the Huron-Perth Junior Farmers for a number of reasons. Not only has it helped her to meet other people her age with similar interests, but it has also facilitated her ability to volunteer in the community, something she loves to do.
Oudshoorn said she was surprised when she learned she had won the award. She was sure Bos would win it, but then was really happy when she found out they were co-winners.
Oudshoorn also said she felt it was pretty special to win a President’s Rose Award in back-to-back years, which makes her quite proud.
In Bos’ letter nominating Oudshoorn for the award, Bos highlighted Oudshoorn’s dedication to the organization, despite only joining in 2019. She also highlighted Oudshoorn’s ability to push other members to do more in the name of the group.
“Jolande has always demonstrated that she is a creative, responsible, organized, compassionate and hardworking individual and does a lot in our club to prove this,” Bos said of Oudshoorn in her nomination letter. “Jolande is a very reliable individual and we are lucky to have her as part of the Huron-Perth Junior Farmers.”