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Now introducing….

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It was a cold October evening, about 6:55PM if I remember correctly. I walked into the Mount Allison student union’s council meeting to sit as a newly elected member. Overwhelmed and intimidated by the whole experience I could barely bring myself to contribute an opinion to the discussions. Looking around at some of the other faces, I knew I was not alone. Suddenly a motion was put forward but had no seconder, this was my time to shine. I raised my placard and declared, “I will second the motion”. Next the chair in his authoritative manner announced, “Joni motions, Alex seconds”. “Hooray” I shouted in my head, “I did something important”. Looking across the floor to Joni I saw a bright smile on her face. I think I just made a friend.

And so our friendship developed over the year working as advocates for student issues, trying to make the world a better place, one small step at a time. But as they say, all good things must come to an end, indeed I thought this was the case at the end of the school year. How would we continue to promote and be advocates for the things we care about? This is where ACORN has come in for us. Woo hoo! Here Joni and I are, together again, trying to make the world a better place, one small step at a time.

Joni and I both have a passion to learn and help in promoting organic products and supporting the community of farmers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers involved in the production and consumption of all things organic. So here we are, our first week on the job, writing this blog, connecting with the organic community in Atlantic Canada and are super excited to be doing it all. We both hope to get to know as many of you as possible and help in the promotion of organic agriculture.

For those of you who would like to get to know us a little more personally, we’ve got a little questionnaire that we have both filled out:

Name: Alex MacDonald

School: Mount Allison

Program: Political Science

Hometown: Oshawa, ON

Favourite animal: Sloth

Favourite fruit/veggie: Mango

What do you want to be when you grow up: Lobbyist

Where in Canada would you love to travel to: Labrador

Favorite quote: “He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.” – Harold Wilson.ALEX

Name: Joni Fleck-Andrews

School: Mount Allison

Program: Philosophy, Environmental Studies, Commerce

Hometown: Riverview, NB

Favourite Animal: Frogs

Favourite fruit/veggie: Depends on the season

What do you want to be when you grow up: Lifetime student

Where in Canada would you love to travel to: Northern B.C.

Favorite quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world” – Gandhi


See you around,

Joni and Alex


Author: acornorganic

Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network. Vision ACORN aims to enhance the viability and growth of the Atlantic Canadian organic agricultural community through a unified regional network. Mission Statement ACORN is a non-profit organization that promotes organic agriculture by: Facilitating information exchange between and amongst organizations and individuals Coordinating non-formal education for producers through to consumers Networking with all interested parties both regionally and nationally Structure ACORN is a membership-based non-profit incorporated cooperative with an eleven member Board of Directors and an Executive Director.

One thought on “Now introducing….

  1. Nice article found your site searching in google I think you could have taken a more neutral view.

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