Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Five added to Ontario Hall of Fame

Five members will be added to the Ontario Hall of Fame at a June 12 ceremony in Guelph.

They are Paul Kelly, Patrick Lynch, Patricia Mighton, James Rickard, and Dr. Patricia Shewen.

Paul Kelly has managed the Honey Bee Research Centre at the University of Guelph since 1987.

Pat Lynch worked as a soil and crop specialist at Stratford for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for 35 years, then in 2008 set up an independent crop consulting business.

Pat Mighton was the University of Guelph’s first female president of the OAC Alumni Association, chair of the OAC Alumni Foundation (OACAF), served on the U of G Senate, and a member of the International and Awards Committees. 

In 1984 she joined the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs as education specialist and was responsible for coordinating the Agriculture in the Classroom (now AgScape) program in its early days. She was the Rural Organization Specialist for the Region of Waterloo and the executive director of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program from 1987 to 1997.

She also lived on the next door to our family farm.

James Rickard farmed 1,300 acres near Bowmanville, was a professional disputes-settling consultant, was chairman of the Ontario Broiler Hsatching Egg and Chick Commission, chairman of the OMAFRA appeals tribunal and a member of Apple Growers of Ontario and the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association.

Dr. Patricia Shewen was a professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph from 1982-2011. She was the first female assistant Dean of Research and Graduate Affairs, the inaugural chair of the Department of Pathobiology and is currently the associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research. In 1988, after more than 10 years of research and trials, Pat and colleague Dr. Bruce Wilkie, developed a vaccine to control bovine pneumonic pasteurellosis or 'shipping fever'.