Community Investment Q4 Update – Building Momentum in 2017

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The past year has been transformative for UFA's Community Investment program. While keeping pace on the Road to Better with more than 400 events and a total contribution of $750,000, UFA's community investment team carried out an internal audit. The audit delivered insights and understanding about our industry, our co-operative and what our key stakeholders expect from community investment. The audit also delivered two key objectives which inform our 2018 strategy, a key component of our 'On the Road to Better' campaign.

In the next 11 months, stakeholders can expect to see improvements in operational efficiency and transparency in our approach to community investment. The team will also focus on showcasing UFA's impact in local communities while ensuring stakeholders are informed and engaged in our efforts to support our members and the communities where they live and work.

As we anticipate the launch of our new strategy, we're pleased to share some volunteer and engagement opportunities from our esteemed brand partners:


Volunteers are needed for 4-H Alberta's 2018 Club Week:

  • This year's Club Week takes place from July 28 to August 3 in Hinton, Alberta and is a foundational experience for 4-H Members aged 15 to 20.
  • Leaders do not need to be 4-H alumni! This experience is a great development opportunity for aspiring leaders who will be provided with a training weekend and teaching materials.
  • To sign up please fill in this form and return to Katelyn Strang by May 1st.
  • Please note, successful applicants must complete a criminal background check including vulnerable sector clearance.
  • Learn more about Club Week
  • 4-H has some summer staff positions available – read more here and here and reach out directly to 4-H if you or someone you know is interested!


Ag for Life needs volunteers to help with their 2018 outreach events. Volunteers can choose from ThinkAG Career events or Ag 101 events. Volunteers are responsible for developing and delivering a 15-minute hands-on and interactive presentation to rotating groups of students. Email to sign up or for more information.

Events include:

  • March 1, 8:00am - 12:30pm, Ag 101 at Robert Thirsk High School in Calgary - 200 grade 10-12 students (with a class of grade 7s thrown in there for good measure from a visiting school!)
  • March 21, 8am - 3pm, ThinkAG Careers at Lakeland College. Up to 200 grade 7-12 students from schools in the area.
  • April 24, 8am - 3pm, ThinkAG Careers at Olds College. Up to 200 grade 7-12 students from schools in the area.


Applications are open for the 2018 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program! This year, interested young producers between the ages of 18 and 35 can apply for this unique opportunity on-line! 

Each year, 16 enthusiasts in the cattle industry are awarded a mentorship with an industry expert and a travel budget that allows them to get the most out of their time in the program. Selections take place at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference each year, with the opportunity to attend the conference in conjunction with selections.
CYL also offers many exciting travel opportunities including the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, and the International Beef Alliance, which travels around the world each year.