U of G Florida Alumni Annual Picnic

Join alumni, family and friends at the annual reunion held at Maple Leaf Golf and Country Club, Port Charlotte, Florida.

1 March 2017
  10:30 am
   Maple Leaf Golf and Country Club, Port Charlotte, Florida

Start the day at 10:30 am reminiscing with friends followed by lunch.

The pay-at-the-door price is $20 USD per person which includes lunch with wine and dessert.

Get your classmates to join and your class could be the winner of the Baker Award! The Baker Award is given annually to the class with the most representation at the Florida Reunion, in honour of Jack Baker who initiated this annual event at his own home in the early 1960s. Jack worked hard to make sure this was an event where all Guelph Alumni felt welcome and could come together to network and reconnect. In recent years the winners have included OAC '67A, OVC '55, and OAC '51.

Register online or by calling Alumni Affairs and Development at 1-888-266-3108. Registration closes at 4 pm, February 22, 2017.

Speaker Bios

Carleigh Johnston

Carleigh began her undergraduate degree in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph aspiring to be a veterinarian. During her undergraduate degree she was exposed to several different parts of the agriculture industry that had previously been unfamiliar to her. She developed an interest in animal nutrition and a passion for working with livestock species. After working with professors in the Department of Animal Biosciences on two different undergraduate research projects, both involving dairy cattle, Carleigh decided to shift the focus of her career.

Carleigh is a current graduate student in the Department of Animal Biosciences completing a Master’s of Science degree under the advisement of Dr. Vern Osborne. Her thesis project is a harmonious combination of animal nutrition with extension of knowledge to primary producers. As part of her research project she is collecting feed samples to track dry matter variability in forages fed to dairy cattle.

Carleigh is also an integral part of operating the Ontario Agricultural College Liaison program, which introduces students across Ontario to the vast number of opportunities that exist in agriculture and related sectors. Carleigh began as an OAC Liaison Assistant and currently operates as the OAC Alumni Foundations Intern. With the OAC Liaison Officer, Carleigh conducts workshops and facilitates on-campus events to promote and educate students about food, agriculture, communities and the environment.

Carleigh also worked with OAC in 2013 as the OAC Communications Summer Intern. In this role she worked alongside the OAC Communications Manager on publications, social media management, media tracking and a special OAC 140th Anniversary project, “140 Faces of OAC”.

In 2014 Carleigh was the Sheep and Alternative Livestock Assistant at the Ontario Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Carleigh worked with a variety of species, conducted industry surveys, and collected samples on farms related to ongoing OMAFRA projects.

Carleigh was a member of the Varsity Women’s Rugby team at the University of Guelph for 5 competitive seasons, earning several provincial and national medals including a CIS gold medal. Carleigh was challenged with balancing school, work and team commitments, which has contributed to the development of her character during her time at the University of Guelph.

Rebecca Graham

Rebecca Graham began her tenure as Chief Information Officer/Chief Librarian at the University of Guelph in May 2012. Prior to coming to Guelph she spent eight years working in the libraries of Harvard University. She began her Harvard tenure in 2003 as Associate Director for Library Operations at the Countway Library of Medicine where she had responsibility for access and technical services and collection development. She moved to the Harvard College Library (HCL) in 2006 where she served as the Associate Librarian for Preservation, Digitization and Administrative Services. Her portfolio included oversight of the Houghton Library as well as responsibility for communications, finance, human resources, information technology, operations & security, and conservation and digitization for both general and special collections.

Prior to Harvard, Rebecca’s academic library experience includes responsibilities for library IT and the digital library program at Johns Hopkins University. She served as the Interim Director and Program Associate for the Digital Library Federation (DLF) in Washington DC. She served as Manager, Integrated Library Systems at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign (UIUC).

Rebecca holds a B.Sc. in organizational management from Wilberforce University and an M.Sci. in library and information science from UIUC. She was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Association of Research Libraries Research Libraries Leadership Fellows (RLLF) program and has been recognized by the UIUC Graduate School of Library and Information Science with both the Jane B. and Robert B. Downs Professional Promise Award and the Library School Alumni Association Leadership Award.

Who's Attending?

List updated 2/14/2017.

  • Brian K. Ausman
  • David W. Barrie
  • Miriam Barrie
  • Thomas W. Bradish
  • Helen I. Bradish
  • James E. Brown
  • Marcia J. Brown
  • Laurene R. Burnside
  • Ted B. Burnside
  • Bruce E. Christie
  • Dianne Christie
  • Ronald H. Coghlin
  • Dwight M. Dyson
  • Sonja Dyson
  • Brian S. Ellsworth
  • Catherine Galt
  • Douglas E. Galt
  • Alexander Hepburn
  • Eleanor Hepburn
  • Ronald S. Horning
  • Karen Horning
  • Max E. Huber
  • Maureen Huber
  • Murray G. Junker
  • Helen Warren
  • William B. McCuaig
  • George A. Mitchell
  • Linda Prowten
  • Beverly J. Murray
  • Beverlie A. Nelson
  • Gary S. Nelson
  • Sheila E. Ord
  • Michael Ord
  • William L. Rea
  • Ruth L. Rea
  • Ross M. Reynolds
  • Linda Reynolds
  • Donald M. Rutherford
  • Jean Rutherford
  • Jane Simser
  • Joseph O. D. Slocombe
  • Justina Slocombe
  • Clayton M. Switzer
  • Helen Thomas
  • Blossom T. Wigdor
  • Larry E. Thompson
  • Magdah Thompson


1 Mar 2017 -
10:30am to 2:00pm
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