Lethbridge College has announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Governors. Brenda Brindle and Enchant’s Richard Stamp have been appointed for three-year terms from Feb. 26, 2015, to Feb. 25, 2018.
“We are fortunate to have such qualified individuals as Brenda and Rick interested in joining the college’s Board of Governors,” said Lethbridge College Board of Governors chair Randy Jespersen. “I’m confident that their insights, experience and perspectives will prove invaluable to Lethbridge College on its journey to leading and transforming education.”
With an extensive background in agriculture, Brindle has recently retired from working as an executive director with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Previously, she held the position of general manager of the Alberta Grain Commission. Brindle is a current board member of the Appeal Tribunal under the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act and the Alberta Riparian Habitat Society and is a past co-chair of the Agri-Environmental Partnership of Alberta. Her volunteer experience includes facilitating workshops on board governance for the Board Development Program and literacy tutoring for the Centre for Family Literacy. She also has experience instructing and facilitating within her agriculture-focused background.
While she is busy learning about the present Lethbridge College, Brindle is excited about contributing to the future of the college.
“I’m a strong believer in lifelong learning,” said Brindle. “Lethbridge College offers so many pathways of learning and varieties of programming which allow students to not only obtain their credentials, but help them learn to become lifelong learners. I want to be able to contribute to that future.”
Stamp is a first generation, award-winning farmer (Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer ’98) who owns and operates Stamp Farms and Stamp Seeds which he established with his wife, Marian, in 1978. They crop farm approximately 3,500 acres of irrigated land and 1,500 acres of dryland focused entirely on pedigreed seed production (a wide variety of wheat, durum, barleys, beans, flax, and Hy-Bred seed canola).
Stamp has been a member of Irrigation Council since 2008 and was appointed as chair in 2013. He also serves today as a director of the Canadian Seed Growers Association along with the company Seed Net. Stamp has served as president on numerous boards, including Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers, Alberta Seed Growers Association, Farm Implement Board of Alberta and the Alberta Seed Potato Growers Association. He is also a past director of the Bow River Irrigation District, Alberta Irrigation Projects Association and the University of Lethbridge Water Institute.
Stamp said he is looking forward to providing his perspectives to the board and believes strongly that “education is the future of agriculture.”
“Over the past many years, each and every day for me has been and continues to be an opportunity to learn,” said Stamp.
“I’m very excited about this new role as I see it as an opportunity to share my experiences and my knowledge of building a strong family business, to help govern Lethbridge College.”
Lethbridge College also thanked outgoing board members, vice-chair John Jacobson and Dawna Coslovi for their service during their six-year terms on the board.
The next Board of Governors meeting will be held on April 23 in the College Boardroom.