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Rocklyn 'Agvocate' Wins 2018 Tommy Cooper Award

Elmwood | by Matt Hermiz  

Catharine Campbell receives honour at Grey Bruce Celebration of Agriculture

Catharine Campbell of Rocklyn has won the 2018 Tommy Cooper Award.

Campbell received the honour at yesterday's Celebration of Agriculture at the Elmwood Community Centre, hosted by both the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture and Grey County Federation of Agriculture.

Campbell was selected for her tireless dedication as a community volunteer who champions and promotes rural living in Rocklyn.

"Learning by example has been an age old adage that lives true today, and it is the examples set by people like Catharine who ensure the community of Rocklyn will continue to thrive and shine for many agricultural years to come," says the Rocklyn Ag Society of Campbell. "A true Agvocate in the Rocklyn community."

Campbell previously served as a Grey County 4-H member before moving on the become a Rocklyn and Grey County Junior Farmer member. She is credited with helping grow the Rocklyn Agricultural Society during her years as president of the association.

She also worked on the arena committee to help produce a video showcasing what Rocklyn has to offer. It helped the community obtain a nationwide grant from Pioneer Canada.

Campbell does all this volunteer work to grow agriculture and rural life in Rocklyn, while being a full-time RPN at the Owen Sound hospital, wife and mother to two girls.

The Tommy Cooper Award has been given out annually since 1959 by Bayshore Broadcasting and the Owen Sound Sun Times. It goes to a person who has contributed to the betterment of agriculture and rural living in Grey and Bruce counties.

Tommy Cooper died in 1981. He is well remembered for his 39 years as a provincial government farm extension worker in Grey County. Cooper is credited with helping area farmers adapt to new scientific and mechanical innovations in the first half of the 20th century. He was also instrumental in the founding of the Grey-Bruce Livestock Co-operative, and was active in many community organizations.

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