GUELPH, ONTARIO – Over 250 people came out to support the Advanced Agricultural Leadership
Program’s (AALP) 2018 Dream Auction, which supports the current and future AALP classes. The gala
event, held on February 10, 2018, at the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre, raised over
Despite snowy weather conditions, AALP supporters, participants, alumni, family and friends gathered
for an evening of networking and live and silent auctions. This year’s Dream Auction theme was Your
Farm Market, with items ranging from sports tickets, weekend getaways, an outdoor oven, local
specialty food baskets as well as a six-day stay at an African Safari Lodge.
In support of the Farmers Market theme, Shaw’s Ice Cream, Your Farm Market, The Whole Pig, VG
Meats, Howell Road Cider Co and the Oxford County Cheese Trail were on hand with samples. Thirsts
were quenched thanks to the sponsorship of Beau’s Beer and Trius Winery.
“The night was a great success for many reasons. For the funds raised for the program, the networking
opportunity it provided and the wonderful atmosphere with a great time had by everyone who attended,”
said 2018 Dream Auction Co-Chairs, Andy McTaggart and Adrienne Houle, representing AALP Class
16. “We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of our supporters and classmates for making it a
Coinciding with the gala evening was an on-line auction hosted by Rapid-Sell.ca.
All those involved would like to thank the many generous donors and sponsors including the Delta
Guelph Hotel and Conference Center, David Moore & Associates, RKD Web Studio, Vinetech Canada
This Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program Dream Auction is held once every two years and is a
major fundraiser for the program.
AALP is a 19-month executive leadership program for individuals actively involved in the agriculture and
rural sectors in Ontario. Through a series of seminars, national and international study tours and selfdirected
learning, AALP prepares leaders to help shape the future of their businesses, organizations and
associations. In its 34th year, there are over 450 graduates of the program making a difference in the
agricultural and agri-food sectors and rural communities in Ontario and beyond.
Source : Rural Ontario Institute