Farm Women’s Conference

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Colinton Community Centre


A great line-up of speakers, door prizes, great food are all part of the event. Witness the awards ceremony which sees an award presented to the Modern Farm Woman and a Pioneer Farm Woman of the Year.

Keynote Speaker

Jacquie Fenske is an educator, entrepreneur, rural advocate, a lover of food and people.  She calls herself an entrepreneurial strategist who uses her extensive network to connect people to people to get things done and make things happen.  She is an instigator, a firebrand and most importantly a motivator.

Raised by entrepreneurial parents Jacquie has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience. Her formal training includes a Bachelor of Education and a Commercial Copywriting Certificate.

Jacquie taught junior and senior High school for over a decade, served as a Strathcona County councillor for over 13 years and as MLA for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville.  She is an active manager within the families’ Fifendekel Pie Shops Cafes in Edmonton, with a focus in the areas of marketing and public relations.

Jacquie currently serves as the chair for Elk Island Community Futures and as a director with Alberta Aquarium Society.  Her past board positions include the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions as well as local Ag society and sports boards. She has extensive committee experience on All-party committees of Public Accounts, Energy, and Communities and Families as well as a host of municipal committees including the Strathcona Agriculture Service Board where she served as chair for several terms.

Jacquie has a passion for promoting the opportunities the agriculture industry presents through food, events and innovation.  Her knowledge of the food service industry and the potential to bring urban and rural Albertans together provides much of the material she speaks about regarding Growth.

With the focus ‘you got a lot of living to do’ Jacquie will share her story, with successes and failures to inspire you!


“Care of the Caregiver” – Aspen & Westlock Primary Care Networks

When you are a caregiver for a family member, or friend, life can get a little hectic. Take in this session and learn how to keep care of yourself, the caregiver.

Trending Cuts of Beef – David Seabrook

Beef remains a great choice on the dinner table. Learn about trending options for beef cuts when processing your animals.

“Anything is Possible, have faith as success is just around the corner !” – Anne-Marie Russ, DVM BSc.

Anne-Marie was born in Montréal, Québec. After High school she received her Bachelors of Science Degree from McGill University following this she achieved her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University.

Anne-Marie moved to Alberta to practice and never left. She started her own business in the small town of Bellis, Alberta; Bellis Veterinary Services.

Most recently Anne-Marie is also pursuing a barrel racing career.



The Seabrook Family Band

A five piece family band from the Boyle area will cap off the day. The Seabrook Family Band is just as it sounds; a band made up of the Seabrook Family!  On the bass is David Seabrook; on drums Jeremy Seabrook; on guitar Joel Seabrook; violin and voice is Michael Seabrook.  And lastly, with voice and guitar, Hanna Seabrook.  Because David, Jeremy, Joel and Michael are father and sons, they’ve been playing together for many years, but when Hanna joined the family about 5 years ago, they have been performing together ever since.

Hope Haven Women’s Shelter Donations

The Farm Women’s Conference has for many years supported Hope Haven Women’s Shelter. Cash donations at the event are possible and the following items are needed by the shelter to assist those who seek help:

  • Towels and Facecloths, Sheets and Pillowcases, Blankets, Feminine Hygiene Products, Suitcases, New Undergarments for Women, Socks, Disposable Diapers, Deodorant, and Gift Cards.

You can also donate online by visiting:



$30 per person

Available from:

Athabasca County Admin Office

3602 – 48th Avenue, Athabasca, AB (Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm)

Athabasca Value Drug Mart

4911 – 50 St, Athabasca, AB (Monday to Friday – 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday – 9 am to 6 pm)












For more information about the awards please contact:

Roxanne Senyk