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
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
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 4 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 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
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
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.
Currently I have sat on the Agrifair board for the past several months. I assisted Keith Nash the Gate & Parking Chair at the 2019 fair. I enjoyed it so much that I am hoping to continue my time on the board for the next two years.
Bethany Hill, Director
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 owing 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
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
2020 will mark my 23rd year involved with Agrifair. 1998 I started as the Gate and Security Manager, in 2007 I was asked to join the administration team of Agrifair.
I consider myself very fortunate – I truly love my job, more than that I believe in what Agrifair stands for. “Agrifair is a community leader that celebrates our past and embraces our future through innovative fun, family events and education. Agrifair is an integral part of enriching family life in our diverse and inclusive community.” I believe Agrifair is a contributor to our community in many ways; the tourism industry, business partnerships & awareness, stakeholder values, volunteerism and most importantly balance in life. I have been asked “what makes you think Agrifair is more important than other groups?” My answer is always the same; “we are not more important – we are equally important.” In a world where life is often challenging, Agrifair provides much needed balance and affordable family fun.
Thank you to the board for allowing me the freedom and support to grow Agrifair in ways we only dreamed of. Thank you to Sara Jansen, our Queen of Four Legs & Feathers – the livestock program is a true success due to your drive & determination to make it so. Thank you to City Officials and the citizens of Abbotsford for supporting Agrifair, our volunteers and Sponsors – without you Agrifair would not be the success it is! And for the forgotten – our entertainers and attractions who provide such top-notch entertainment.
Join us in the summer of 2020 “Let’s Wake the FUN up!”
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 ff 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 Jansen, Agricultural Coordinator
Welcome to the 109th Agrifair!
My name is Sara Jansen; and I’m excited to be back for my 4th 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. I look forward to making many more memories with Abbotsford Agrifair as this year’s theme is “Where
memories are made!” If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me. email@example.com
Councillor Dr. R. Bruce Banman
Dr. Bruce Banman has a strong local family history and is a lifelong resident of the Fraser Valley. Bruce grew up in Chilliwack, moved to Abbotsford in 1981. He is the owner and operator of Banman Chiropractic in Abbotsford and is a strong supporter of local small business. Bruce completed his chiropractic training in Portland, Oregon graduating from Western States Chiropractic College in 1997.
Formerly the Mayor of Abbotsford from 2011 – 2014, Bruce made the decision to run for Council again in 2018 to bring his common sense approach and his solid understanding of open, transparent and relevant local governance back to City Hall. Bruce has a strong passion for public involvement and consultation, and is committed to serving the people of Abbotsford.
It is important to Bruce to support an inclusive community for everyone; elders, families, children, grandchildren and future generations. Bruce, his wife Sharon, and his family are all proud to call Abbotsford home. His two children and three amazing grandchildren are his inspiration for ensuring Abbotsford remains a place where good jobs can live, business can prosper, talent can bloom, and families can thrive.
Bruce’s other great passion is singing. As an avid vocalist, Bruce enjoys the opportunity to exercise his singing abilities whenever possible.