“Listening and Doing” Worship Series Speaker for September 27th: Henry Reinders from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank

With all that has been going on in the world the last little while we’re feeling the need as a congregation, as Christians, as human beings to listen more. This week we start our series by listening to Henry Reinders from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank about issues of food security. Henry graduated from the University of Guelph in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree, and after working for Dow Chemical for 7 years, he returned to the family dairy farm in Meaford to take it over from his parents. In 2017 he sold the dairy farm to retire from the dairy business, but he still owns 250 acres, part of which he rents out while growing and selling hay on the remaining acres.Henry has been involved with his local Bighead River Foodgrains Project since it started in 1997 and is currently the chair and treasurer of the organization. In January 2020, he accepted the position of Ontario Regional Representative for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. He has been on Food Security Learning Tours to Malawi and India and has been sharing his experiences with congregations and audiences across Ontario.Aside of his Foodgrains involvement, Henry chairs Grown in Grey, a local agricultural education initiative for Grade 5 students, is involved as an elder, trustee and several other capacities at Knox Presbyterian Church in Meaford and helps with the Rocklyn Classic Car and Tractor Show. He also curls in the winter. Henry is married to Shirley and they have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren.

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