Board Of Directors
Bob Street, President
I am the current President and Chairman of the Country Horse Classic, and with a total of thirty- seven years of experience ranging from 4-H, to large or small scale horse shows, rodeos, and sponsorships, I feel my decades of commitment to encouraging agricultural appreciation are best suited to this ongoing opportunity with the Abbotsford community. The combination of informative agricultural outreach and spectacle-style entertainment is often a dynamic combination, and when integrated successfully, there can be mutual benefits for all.
I am self-employed, self-motivated, and am pleased to meet the obligations and time commitments required for this volunteer position, as I feel that the Agrifair is worth the commitment of my time and efforts. I commute from Coquitlam to Abbotsford on a regular basis to be involved with the fair.
I do hope to see you at the fair in 2018, there is something for everyone from the “Best little country fair on Earth”
Ernie Silveri, Past President
Occupation: General Manager, Western Hatchery
I live and work in Abbotsford and have been the General Manager at Western Hatchery for over 25 years. I’ve been a director on the Abbotsford Agrifair board since 1997. I have been President, as well as, chairing a number of committees.
I have seen many changes over the years and feel things are only getting better. I am proud of the direction the fair is going and growing. I believe Agrifair is in a growth spurt, with growing pains attached. I feel that with my strong committee ties, experience with the business community and the fair, as well as my ability to connect with sponsors and City enables me to serve Agrifair well.
Neil Watson, Vice President
I have been involved with the Abbotsford Agrifair for the over 10 years. I have chaired the Grounds Committee using my background of Event Operations and Event Management to guide me. I feel like I have had a positive impact on how things are done at the Fair. From fire regulations and security protocols to machine operation, my background has allowed me to bring a very diverse knowledge into the operations of the Fair. I hope to help direct Agrifair in the direction it needs to go and help establish it as Abbotsford’s #1 premier event!
Matthew Malkin, Treasurer
I am a businessman from Abbotsford who grew up on a dairy farm. From a very young age I have been involved in Abbotsford Agrifair, including as the foreman for Len Van Reeuwyk, the current Grounds Master for 4 years. In the past, I had been a part of the Board for four years. I feel that I am a passionate asset and a true team player. I have enjoyed seeing the fair grow and change and I look forward to serving on the Agrifair board again.
Stephanie Nelson, Media Relations
Occupation: Executive Director of the BC Hatching Egg Commission.
I have been with the Hatching Egg Commission for 8 years and a part of Agrifair for 2. I have strong ties to agriculture as I was raised on a farm and enjoy working with the ag community. I love Abbotsford! I work and live here and think community involvement is so important, especially community involvement that showcases where food comes from! I love serving your community in this capacity Where I can contribute my unique perspective from my own experiences.
Naylene Beirnes, Director
I have been involved with the Abbotsford Agrifair since 2012. Being involved in all aspects of the fair; everything from cleaning out stalls, working directly with the vendors and working as the Livestock Coordinator has helped evolve my passion for the fair. My passion for animals and the 4-H program is what enticed me to become a board member. I want to see the 4-H and Livestock programs thrive! Being a 10 year 4-H Alumni myself, I have personally seen what the program can do for you. I graduated in June of 2016 from the University of the Fraser Valley’s Agriculture Program. I worked at AgSafe for the past three years, where I gained knowledge in the Agricultural Health & Safety Industry. Recently I started at BC Broiler Hatching Egg Commission, where I am hoping to expand my career in the poultry industry.
Bonnie Nicholls, Director
You have probably seen me out and about at previous Agri-Fairs over the years. I am a big fair supported and would like to see them continue. I specialize in the Agricultural area . I am a farmer in the Fraser Valley and on my farm. At this time I have horses, mini horses, many Llamas, Alpacas, sheep, mini pigs, rabbits, cavies and a cat; but, I am experienced with many other critters as well. Our animals keep us busy and entertained by being active with them in our community with other local fairs, church events, seniors homes and movie work, and local fundraisers. I was in 4H for 12 years and a leader in horse and Llama. I understand and believe in the 4h program and the people that are involved in it. I would like to bring my knowledge and connections to help grow the Agricultural section of Agrifair.
Keith Nash, Director
After working 34 years in the poultry industry I have entered into the next phase of my life, semi retirement. Most of my life I have worked in agriculture In 1981, I started a career with Lilydale that lasted for the next 34 years. During that time I had the pleasure of visiting farms across Canada, the USA and also in Europe. In 2013, I was fortunate to join the directors of Agrifair for two years. An opportunity arose for me to rejoin the board in 2016. Now I happy to be part of the board for another two years. I can use my experience to help make 2017 & 2018 successful years during Agrifair.
Poul Pederson, Director
I spent all of my childhood on local dairy farms working and playing and enjoying the farm life in the Fraser Valley. I have spent a lot of my career in the distribution of milk and eggs to Greater Vancouver customers with Golden Valley Foods and Birchwood Dairy. For the last ten years, I have been working with my wife Sherry, in a yard maintenance business developing long-term relationships with their customers. In the last of couple years I have teamed up with Abbotsford’s Valley Pulp & Sawdust Carriers Ltd. I look forward to serving on the Agrifair board.
Melanie Kish, Fair Manager
I have been involved with Agrifair since 1998. For six years I managed the gates and night security team. In 2007, I was invited to be part of the Office Staff. At the end of 2016, I accepted the title of Fair Manager. I truly love my job and my community. I have a real desire to produce an event that Abbotsford can be proud to call its own. I believe the event called Agrifair is a Community Leader.
Councillor Moe Gill, City Representative
Moe Gill was elected as an Abbotsford City Councillor in 1996. He has served on many committees including: Traffic Safety Advisory Committee; Matsqui Dyking, Drainage, and Irrigation Committee; AgriFair Board; Fraser Valley Regional District Board; Glen Valley Dyking District Committee; Local Court of Revisions for Frontage Tax, and the Parcel Tax Review Panel. Moe has also served with many organizations, including: Fraser Valley Cole Crop Growers Association; Fraser Valley Strawberry Growers Association; B.C. Raspberry Growers Association; Federal Agricultural Employment Services; MSA Museum Society; Fraser Valley Indo-Canadian Business Association; Abbotsford-Matsqui Rotary; Dasmesh Punjabi School; and the Abbotsford Foundation.