Our Team

Simone Demers Collins, BSc, P.HEc. Education, Marketing & Promotions, Alberta Canola Producers Commission, Project Manager, North America CanolaInfo, Canola Council of Canada

Through the generosity of the Alberta Crop Industry Fund and the Alberta Canola Producers, Simone is the publisher of series of Alberta Education curriculum-relevant children’s graphic books – Chase Superman Duffy’s Fields of Home, Gotta Jet!, It’s a Blast!, Tasting My Story, Amelia (Xerces) Duffy, Beneath the Soil, Transpiration, 5-7-5 Errand Boy, Shiver Me Timbers, As You Wish, Cut to the Chase!

Simone is also the lead on all of ACPC’s Ag Education displays whether Ag-tivity in the City and Aggie Days with the Calgary Stampede, Aggie Days in Lethbridge, the Bull Congress in Camrose, Farm School and City Slickers in Stony Plain, or Amazing Ag at Edmonton Northlands.

Current Volunteer Experience: Member of the Edmonton Food Council, Past-President and board member of the Food Safety Information Society – the national toll-free consumer service answering questions on home food safety

On a personal note: I have been blessed with numerous abilities, and the energy to contribute to many projects. Beyond my commitment to my family, my work, and my community, is the continued need to be creative – from developing new displays for the Calgary Stampede, to special event clothes designing, to hosting the latest family party.

Favorite Motto: “I do not believe in miracles, I rely on them.”

Dawn Ius is a short-story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor, and communications specialist. She is co-founder and senior editor of Vine Leaves Literacy Journal, Assistant Managing Editor of the International Thriller Writers’ The Big Thrill magazine, and the author of 10 educational graphic novels published by The Alberta Canola Producers Commission. Her first contemporary young adult novel, ANNE & HENRY, will be published fall of 2015 from Simon Pulse (U.S), and yet-unpublished novel HEARTLESS was recently optioned for development as a T.V. show by Verite Films in Toronto.

Dawn also writes young adult thriller and paranormal fiction under the last name Dalton. Her short story, THREAD OF THE PAST was included in the SPIRITED anthology (Leap Books, 2012), and her novel, KILLERS INSTINCT (leap Books, 2013), co-written with Judith Graves, was nominated for a 2014 Silver Falchion and an ITW (YA) Thriller award.

Edmonton born and raised, James Grasdal has worked full-time as an editorial cartoonist, gag cartoonist, children`s book illustrator, muralist and painter. In 1992, he began doing off-day editorial cartoons for the Edmonton Journal, eventually adding illustration duties for the paper’s Letters to the Editor pages and other Journal sections. Over the years, many of these cartoons have been featured in annual publications such as The Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year – Pelican Publishing (USA) and Portfolio (Canada).

During the same time, James also drew editorial cartoons for the magazine, Vue Weekly. It was in this same magazine that he started the comic panel, Hey Eddie. Many of these editorial cartoons have been syndicated to newspapers and magazines across North America: the New York Times, the Georgia Straight, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Hamilton Spector, as well as the Calgary Herald and the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.

Patricia and Doug Ramsay – InPraxis Learning, developers of curriculum-relevant lesson plans.

http://www.inpraxis.org

Colleen Prefontaine  – As a long-time 4-H Beef Club leader, with various responsibilities at the local, regional and provincial level, Colleen’s experience with kids of all ages is extensive.

In addition, Colleen has been a long-term volunteer with Edmonton Northlands, as well as a supporter of various initiatives of her local community of Legal.

Colleen started representing the canola industry at Ag Education displays for the past six years.

Tanya Pidsadowski – Tanya graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Foods & Nutrition. She achieved her Registered Dietitian status and practiced in clinical care for five years before returning to her first love of sales.

With Eli Lilly Canada, Tanya sold pharmaceuticals to physicians in Northern Alberta. She then switched her selling talents, teamed up with her husband Glen, and joined Pioneer Hi-Bred as independent seed dealers. Together, they sold agricultural seed to farmers in Westlock, Barrhead and Thorhild Counties. Tanya built up her skill set during her sales career and achieved her Certified Sales Professional status through the Canadian Profession Sales Association.

Since marrying her husband Glen, Tanya has been working on their third generation farm along with their two children. They raised hogs and grain before switching to a strictly grain operation. Glen & Tanya’s main commodity crops are wheat, barley, canola and peas.

Tanya also works as an Educator and Producer Representative for Alberta Canola Producers Commission. She educates children, teachers, parents and food professionals about canola, agriculture and where their food comes from. Tanya is also moving towards having a voice in advocacy of agriculture through social media – follow her @ tanyaonthefarm.

Jeannette Andrashewski – Jeannette is an elementary school teacher from the Killam area. She and her husband are crop farmers as well as owners of Double Bump Farms.