2017-board

Front row left to right – Nick Janssens, Carla Soutar, Peter Gouwenberg, Lorna Hamming
Back row, left to right – Bryce Tuytel, Greg Hessels, Shawn Arends, Aaron Neels

Nick Janssens

Director

My name is Nick, I farm with my parents in Cloverdale.

Went to school in Guelph and did some travelling before coming home to work full time.

I really enjoy the young producers group because it is a great way to learn more about the industry and meet new people.

Bryce Tuytel

Chair

I am Bryce Tuytel. I work with my family on our farm, Tuytel Farms in Chilliwack.

I am currently attending the University of the Fraser Valley taking business and agriculture courses while also working on the farm.

To me, the MYMP is a great way to get out and converse with other likeminded individuals and to learn about and gain insight into the dairy industry.

Greg Hessels

Vice-Chair

My name is Greg Hessels, I farm in delta with my wife Coral, brother Alan, sister in law Celine, and our parents Jim and Maryann. We run a 120 cow dairy as well as my brother’s 20 cow quota building herd across the street. We all work as a team to make sure everything gets done.

After graduating from Seaquam Secondary I attended Olds College as well as University of the Fraser Valley where I studied agriculture production and management for one year before returning home to the farm full time.

My wife and I started our own prefix Hesgen last year and are currently expanding our herd.

We have 3 kids and enjoy the lifestyle and constant education that farming provides for them.

I am looking forward to being a part of the young milk producers board so I can further connections with other producers and industry personnel.

Carla Soutar

Treasurer

Hi! My name is Carla Soutar, and I grew up dairy farming in east Chilliwack BC. When I started milking at 10, we were milking just 48 purebred Holsteins – now, my dad and brother along with our families milk 130 registered Holsteins. I am passionate about the industry from all aspects – on farm, in the field and the political side. I am the provincial coordinator for Dairy Farmers of Canada’s ProAction plan, and I love being able to converse and relate with each and every dairy farmer in BC.

Lorna Hamming

Secretary

My name is Lorna Hamming and I am the third generation on our family farm in Delta, where we milk just over 200 registered Holsteins.

From a young age, I have been very involved in the industry: competing in 4-H competitions, which led to the Western Canadian Classic, and other dairy open shows across Canada. I have a passion for many aspects of the industry – genetics, management, marketing, as well as the processing side. I have completed agriculture and business courses at UFV, as well as an ice cream processing course at the University of Guelph.

I am excited to be on the MYMP board to learn more about the industry and to make more connections to other likeminded individuals.

Aaron Neels

Past Chair

Hey there, my name is Aaron Neels

I farm with my Dad and my brother in East Chilliwack. After high school I trained to be a welder fabricator, but after just one year realized I needed to be back on the farm. Today we milk 130 cows with robotic milkers.

My wife, our little boy and I love the farming lifestyle and are looking forward to years of progress and family time on the farm.

I enjoy the young producer group for the opportunities to socialize and talk to other young farmers about different management practices and current issues in the industry.

Shawn Arends

My name is Shawn Arends. I help operate my family dairy farm, Crossroads Dairy, in Sumas Prairie. I work alongside my brother and father. We milk over 400 cows in a 40 stall rotary.

I look forward to being on the board to learn more about the dairy industry beyond the physical work of the farm. And to also meet and learn from fellow dairy farmer across the lower mainland.

Peter Gouwenberg

My name is Peter Gouwenberg, and I farm North of Agassiz with my dad and brothers. Farming has been in my family for generations. Together we milk and manage 180 cows.

After I graduated high school, I traveled to New Zealand and worked on a cousin’s dairy farm. Later, I attended Olds College and completed my diploma in Agricultural Management with a major in production.

I’ve always had a passion for the land, animals and lifestyle that farming provides. I look forward to networking and connecting with other young farmers to further advocate for the dairy industry.