Whoa! Theres a whole lot of acronyms for you!
YCC= Young Cattlemen’s Council
CCA= Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
AGM= Annual General Meeting
Last week was the CCA’s AGM in Ottawa. I was lucky enough to be able to attend as a council member for the Young Cattlemen’s Council. The Young Cattlemen’s Council is a new council started in 2013 and is a subsidiary of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. The council is made up of 9 council members. The provinces BC, AB, Sask, Manitoba, Ontario, and the Maritimes (which is compromised of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI) send a representative for their province that they have chosen and the remaining 3 positions are Members At Large positions and are elected from our general membership at our AGM.
Interested in becoming a member and possibly a position on the council. Check out our website.
It is the vision of the Young Cattlemen’s Council to cultivate youthful leadership by exposure to industry policy development while allowing for the opportunity to gain experience and bring fresh insight to the table. We also strive to be a conduit of information between industry organizations and the youth of the beef industry.
- YCC welcomes individuals aged 18-35 who are members of their designated provincial organization, or whose parents are members. The YCC board may also approve membership applications from persons within the age range, who may not meet the other specified requirements. [apply here]
- The YCC board is comprised of 6 provincial representatives and 3 elected directors at large.
- YCC board members have the opportunity to serve on CCA committees, to gain experience and provide youthful perspective on current issues.
A really important part of being on the Council is the opportunity to sit on a CCA committee in an ex-officio position. That means we get to sit at the table of committee meetings and remain in the room during in camera sessions, but we do not have a vote. Still we are at the table to experience first hand what it takes to make decisions in the cattle industry at a national level. The hope is youth gain experience and skills to take home to their provinces and become actively involved in their provincial associations.
During our time in Ottawa we are involved in our committee meetings. I am on the Animal Health committee and we met on Wednesday morning from 8am- 12pm. We are also welcome to sit in on other committee meetings as well as the board meeting. There are so many great opportunities to learn at these events and meet and talk with other cattle producers. It is always so interesting to me how we are all in the cattle industry, but depending on our location do things so differently. The council was also able to attend CCA’s MP reception and partook in a parliamentary tour.
I am so thankful for the opportunities I have be afforded because of the YCC and the amount I have learned about politics and governance.