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Board Of Directors 2020

Bob Street, President

I was born in Edmonton, Alberta and grew up in Innisfail, Alberta  - Home of the Daines Rodeo-  relocated to BC in 1974 . I started working for the PNE in 1979 as a member of the jump crew. Twenty three years later I was volunteering as Chairman of the Pacific Classic Horse show and my PNE work title was then Venue Operations Coordinator. Being involved with horse shows and rodeos for  forty years I  feel I have a great appreciation for all equine disciplines and can help create a Horse show and fair our guests will be excited to see.

I am self-employed, self-motivated, and am pleased to meet the obligations and time commitments required for this volunteer position.  In the past ten years, I have missed only three Agrifair meetings, as I feel that 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. Agrifair has an incredible legacy, and I believe - with your support - a bright future in which to we can be proud.

Ernie Silveri, Past President

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Occupation: General Manager, Western Hatchery

I live and work in Abbotsford and have been the General Manager at Western Hatchery for 28 years.  I’ve been a director on the Abbotsford Agrifair board since 1997. My roles have included President, Past President and Chair of  a number of committees including the VIP Lounge and Sponsorship.  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.  I would truly enjoy serving on the board for another term to see where this growth takes us and so that I may contribute to the success of the Abbotsford Agrifair.

Stephanie Nelson, Vice President

Stephanie Nelson Vice President

Occupation:  Executive Director of the BC Broiler Hatching Egg Commission.

I have been with the BC Broiler Hatching Egg Commission for 11 years and a part of the Agrifair Board of Directors for 5 years.

I have strong ties to agriculture as I was raised on a chicken farm and now work in the chicken sector. I consider myself an Ag advocate. I love Abbotsford! I work and live here and think community involvement is so important, especially community involvement that showcases where our food comes from!

I love serving your community in this capacity where I can contribute my unique perspective from my own experiences in the Agriculture field.

Armand Herie, Secretary

Armand Herie, Secretary

A little about myself. I have lived in Abbotsford for 30 years after moving from Manitoba.   When in Manitoba I was a Scout leader for 4 years and received a letter of thanks from Scouts Canada for my work in establishing a new scout group in the city of St. Boniface.

I also received a commendation from the Mayor of the city of St. Boniface for my work in the community

I currently work as a Supervisor at the Abbotsford Mission Recycling plant.

After my 35-year career with CN Rail, I worked several years at Tradex in Abbotsford. I held a few positions there including Duty Manager, this gave me an opportunity to develop my customer service skills, both with the public and Show Management. I had worked at Agrifair as a contractor during the last several years managing the Gates.

I have been active in the community doing volunteer work and chairing Parent Teacher Committees, coaching rugby, baseball and badminton.

I believe my years of experience will serve the board well, should I be given the opportunity to serve. 

Mike Woodard, Treasurer

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I am the associate national director of FamilyLife Canada, a non-profit organization committed to bringing help and hope to marriages and families. I have a long history of serving and holding executive positions on boards ranging from condo, church, soccer and riding association boards. I am a father of four and grandfather of two. I enjoy being active, cycling and backpacking top the list.

What sold me on the fair was seeing families having so much fun together. What a great family and community event! I'm glad to be part of it.

Bethany Hill, Director

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I grew up going to and loving the Abbotsford Agrifair I have been participating in the Agrifair Open horse show since I was a teen, the last few years I have helped out with the planning and running of the Country Horse Classic as well. 

I am also a current member of the Chilliwack Riding Club, Horse Council of BC, and Langley Riders Society of which I also sit on the board of directors as the

 " Promotions Director" I have been the LRS Rodeo Queen, Royalty Director, Assistant to the Show Director, and Cowboy Obstacle Challenge Coordinator. I'm very involved in the local equine community and work as a Herdsman at a dairy farm in Chilliwack. I would love to use my experience and network to help the Abbotsford Agrifair continue promote Agriculture in BC and good family fun.

Johanne Smid, Director

I am a local entrepreneur owning my own Salon in Abbotsford for over 17 years. I am a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion and have been their secretary for over 8 years. I have worked with Old Abbey Ales for 2 years on a casual basis as I enjoy being busy. I am confident that my knowledge in dealing with the Liquor Board will be helpful for the Licensed Venues.

This past summer I volunteered at Agrifair and had a booth in the Family building, I loved it!

I feel with my skills I would be able to contribute well to the Board and fair.

Brad Styba, Director


Managing Director, Events and Business Development, Tradex (Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre)

Brad Styba, CEM, has worked in the event industry for 30 years in a variety of positions. He began as President of Medallion Event Services where he specialized in providing contract staff to many of the leading events and venues in Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Currently, Brad is Managing Director, Events and Business Development of Tradex, where he is responsible for the continued growth of one of the top venues in British Columbia.Brad has achieved success by maintaining a high level of honesty and integrity, providing an environment that encourages team members to offer ways to improve the operation, and the ability to adapt to an ever-changing market.

Neil Watson, Director

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I have been a Director of the Abbotsford Agrifair Board for the past 12 years with the exception of 1 year that I took off.  In that time I have served the Board and Agrifair in many capacities, most recently as Vice President. With my background in Event Operations and Event Management I feel that 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 Agrifair.  I look forward to helping direct Agrifair in the direction it needs to go and help establish it as Abbotsford’s #1 premier event!

Melanie Kish, Fair Manager from 2015 - 2020

2020 was a big change for all events.  After much deliberation and planning the Board supported my idea of a Drive Thru Fair. I am so grateful to the board, the City of Abbotsford, Parks Recreations & Culture, Fraser Health and so many others for supporting this unique fair.  The Community gave us such positive feedback, we did the right thing having a Drive Thru.  After 13years with Agrifair I am looking forward to a new challenge in my career.

I wish all involved with Agrifair the best little country fair - all the BEST!!

Cindy Rowell, Representative of the FVAFMA


Originally a "City Girl" Cindy, her husband (Dave) and their two daughters (Krystal and Jennifer) moved to the "City In The Country" to live the best of both worlds.

Cindy has a passion for giving back to her community, and a desire to make a positive difference in the city through the many volunteer hours that she dedicates to a variety of local organizations. Her passion for Heritage and History in the community is what drew her to become involved in a fair that dates back more than 100 years. Cindy has sat on the Agrifair Board for many years, and is also the Education & Media Coordinator for the Fraser Valley Antique Farm Machinery Association, as well as an international instructor, facilitator, and owns a local event planning and decorating business.

When she's not organizing an event or giving back to her community, you can find her busy in her sewing room, or watching her grandson (Parker) at his gymnastics competitions or cheering on her husband at his horseshoe competitions.

The Board of Directors and Staff are working hard on all kinds of new and exciting things for the 2020 fair. I encourage everyone to attend Agrifair .......... And "Let's Wake The Fun Up!"

Sara Gildemeister, Agricultural Coordinator

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My name is Sara Gildemeister; and I’m excited to be back for my 5th year working with the Abbotsford Agrifair! I want to thank all the Exhibitors
and long time partners and their families for everything they do to help make Agrifair what it is today, and helping me grow the Agriculture
component of the fair once again. If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me.