S.H.A.R.E. News Archives

SHARE thanks the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir

SHARE thanks the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir and the United2Ring bell choir for their wonderful Christmas concert in support of SHARE’s work. Thank you also to the Fundraising committee and all who attended.

MP David Tilson Congratulates SHARE Volunteers and Donors

“I would like to thank S.H.A.RE.’s extraordinary volunteers and donors, and wish this phenomenal organization another forty years of continued success and excellence in creating healthy communities in the developing world”.
….Click here to view certificate.

New Opportunities, New Project, New Funding

SHARE is proud to announce the start of a new project, the Central American Initiative. This new project will provide improve the lives of over 6,000 people in 50 impoverished agriculturally based communities in 3 countries. SHARE is extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with two private foundations that will match funds raised by SHARE for this three year project. The Barrett Family and Willowool Foundations will donate one dollar for each dollar raised by SHARE for this community development project that includes agriculture (tools, training, irrigation and marketing), youth skills training and small enterprise. Targeted rural communities will benefit from health and well-being components – eco stoves, household water filters, an anti-violence program and capacity building. Read more in the Fall 2016 newsletter.

textMark, Cullen, SHARE’s Honorary Patron, Receives The Order of Canada, July 1, 2016

We congratulate Mark Cullen for receiving the The Order of Canada; Mark has received this award for “his contributions to promoting and developing horticulture education in Canada and for his ability to explain how Canadians can protect the environment.” Mark has been a great support to SHARE as well as too many other worthy causes. We thank Mark for all he does and celebrate this deserving tribute to him.

Photo: Mark Cullen in El Salvador, Feb. 2016 with some of the 22 farmers sharing a pump in the “Pumps for Food” project, conceived and funded by Mark, his friend Dr. Jim Clubine and supporters.

SHARE’s Largest Project with DFATD – Global Affairs Canada Project

Working with 2 effective partner organizations in Central America, SHARE has successfully completed SHARE’s largest project. This project was monitored both in Honduras and El Salvador by staff from the Canadian government (DFATD/CIDA and now called Global Affairs Canada). This grassroots project aligned SHARE’s goals and those of the Canadian government’s development goals to reduce poverty in low income countries, support women and youth and increase food security.

As a result of the excellent results achieved, SHARE was able to continue this project for a 4th year with funding from the government! Skills training and inputs in 4 components, agriculture, literacy, youth training and improved stove building provided a way for targeted settlements of hundreds of impoverished rural families to improve their lives through their own efforts.

The support of DFTAD (now called Global Affairs Canada) and the donations of our donors were critical to the success of this project. Thank you for your support!

*Note: There has not been a call for small not for profits like SHARE to apply for financial support from our Canadian government so SHARE is seeking new ways to fund our important work. 

This project was successfully completed June 2016.

In Memoriam – Hugh Lorne Beaty 1918-2015

“In my work with SHARE I’ve always found that in giving I have always received back more than I ever gave. I believe that if we can serve others we are not so mindful of ourselves.~ Hugh Beaty

It is with great gratitude that SHARE remembers the life and the contribution of Hugh Beaty, the first Project Manager of S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation. In 1976, Hugh heard on CBC radio about the enthusiastic plans of a new organization formed by Peel farmers to improve nutrition in developing countries. Hugh liked SHARE’s plan to send high quality Canadian dairy cattle to Brazil to improve milk production there; Hugh was inspired to assist with the project. He sold his dairy herd and with his wife Melba he traveled to Brazil and supervised the first SHARE dairy project for 2 years. Hugh was the SHARE’s volunteer Project Manager until 1992, monitoring and tracking all of SHARE’s early projects with assistance from Melba.

Hugh remained dedicated to the work of SHARE and a valued advisor at all of SHARE’s project and board meetings until his death. The impact of his experiences in World War II and his strong beliefs in the human spirit guided decisions which needed to be made by SHARE; his advice was always valued.

In the book called More Than a Vision Hugh recorded his experiences in those early years of SHARE’s work. His efforts made the founders’ vision a reality along with the dedication, expertise and generosity of many volunteers and donors. In writing More Than a Vision, Hugh honoured those who worked to turn a dream or a vision into something more, an effective enduring foundation that provided ‘a hand up’ to the disadvantaged.

Hugh said that it was his valued friend, Mark Cullen (SHARE’s honorary Patron) and Mark’s contagious enthusiasm that persuaded him to tell his life story, which resulted in the book Extra Ordinary, a search through the ordinary that brought out the extra ordinary in Hugh’s life. Hugh’s example and efforts were a guiding example to many of the volunteers of SHARE, an example that ordinary folks can achieve the extra ordinary.

As part of WW 11 commemoration Hugh and Mark Cullen met with former Minister of Justice, Peter McKay. Our thanks to the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation (www.nfnm.ca ) and Mark Cullen for the photos.

Read this book – The Hugh Beaty Story


”Extra Ordinary” is a fascinating, real life tale about a living legend. A D Day Veteran and founding member of SHARE Agriculture Foundation, Hugh shares his wisdom and insights based on 95 years of real-life experience.

In his words, as told to Mark Cullen [SHARE honorary patron] – “You will not want to put it down!”

This book is available at: info@shareagfoundation.org
or call the SHARE office at 1-888-337-4273.

Report on ‘Pumps for Food’ Initiative

Mark Cullen, S.H.A.R.E.’s honorary patron and his friend Dr. James Clubine saw the benefits of small scale irrigation for impoverished groups of farmers on remote land settlements in El Salvador last winter and were inspired to act. Their fundraising goal for 2 years was bold and with generous donations and a successful golf tournament fundraiser in August they are on the way to meeting their goal. The amount raised in 2014 will fund many simple irrigation systems for several communities and provide much needed food and income for many families in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Thank you Mark and Jim! Can you support this 2 year initiative with a donation to “Pumps for Food”? Visit Canada Helps or designate your donation by mail.

Caption: Mark Cullen and Dr. Jim Clubine hosted a golf tournament at Pheasant Run Golf Club, Sharon, Ontario in August for their 2 year ‘Pumps for Food’ initiative. A big thank you to all generous donors, sponsors and workers at this event! And thank you Mark and Jim for your bold and generous initiative.

Pumps For Food Project

Mark Cullen and Dr. Jim Clubine know that water makes all the difference to subsistence peasant farmers. Read about their trip to El Salvador to visit SHARE projects and donate to their “Pumps for Food” project. (PDF. You can download Adobe Reader here).

Visit markcullen.com to view Mark’s April Newsletter.

Thank You to RTO and OECTA for Literacy Grants

SHARE thanks Retired Teachers of Ontario for their Service to Others grant and OECTA, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association for grants for adult literacy. Two adult literacy circles for 2 women’s groups in Guatemala are funded with these grants.

FUNDRAISING EVENTS FOR 2013 – SHARE’s fund raising committee, the SHARE Board and many volunteers worked very hard on fund raising for 2013

Thank You to Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir and Eden Bells aPeel

SHARE would like to thank the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir and the Eden Bells aPeel for their talents and efforts in presenting a concert at St. Paul’s United Church, Brampton on November 25 in support of SHARE’s projects.

Country Corn Roast for High School Scholarship

Thanks to our hosts Ellen and Ray Thomson and all the volunteers for an enjoyable day “down on the farm” near Rockwood Ontario early in September. The local corn was delicious and the butter tarts were pretty good too; the hay ride was fun and the cows contentedly chewed their cud and did what they do best as visitors snuck into the barn for a peek.

Caledon West Rotary Club Supports SHARE Water Filter Program

In September, a small group of dedicated Rotarians who make up the Caldeon West Rotary partnered with Theatre Unlimited, Mississauga and presented two fun filled nights at Alloa Public School in Caledon in a presentation called SHARE on Broadway.

S.H.A.R.E. Fund Raising Committee Hard At Work in 2012

Supported by family and friends, our SHARE Board and committee members, the SHARE fund-raising committee organized some outstanding events in 2012. The Annual Golf Tournament, the Wacky Card Night, the Corn Roast, the Dinner Dance and the Plant Sale were annual events that raised money for SHARE projects.

SHARE’s New CIDA Project

CIDA, the Canadian International Development Agency, Canada’s lead agency for development assistance will partner with SHARE in a new project that will work to alleviate poverty in 95 rural communities in El Salvador and Honduras. The project will use a multi pronged approach to reduce poverty and improve the lives of over 11, 620 men, women and children. Families will be assisted by agriculture extension technicians to produce a variety of agriculture products to improve their families’ nutrition and to sell in small local markets; farming inputs such as seeds, cuttings, chickens, irrigation equipment and tools will be provided.

Can You Meet The Mark Cullen Challenge?

Mark Cullen, SHARE’s patron, challenges SHARE to raise ‘new funds’ from existing donors and new donors.  He will match any newly pledged donations to a maximum of $10,000 each year for the next 5 years. Mark’s challenge will enable SHARE to assist more rural families, to plan longer term projects and to fund our share of the new CIDA project. 

Thank You Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario

Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario (www.jfao.ca) presented SHARE with a generous donation at the JFAO annual March conference and meeting in Peterborough. Over 25 affiliated Junior Farmers’ clubs across Ontario worked to fundraise for this donation. “This is a lot of funds to raise and will be greatly appreciated by those who receive SHARE’s support,” commented Murray Brownridge, chair of the SHARE Board of Directors as he thanked the membership for their generosity.

Hugh Beaty inducted into Milton Hall of Fame

Friends and family gathered recently at the Milton Town Hall to participate in this memorable ceremony sponsored by the Town of Milton and the Milton Historical Society.

International Development Week February 5 – 11

When disaster strikes at home or around the world Canadians respond. However, every day many Canadians work as global citizens to make this world a better place. These Canadians care about the well-being of others, donating time and money to those less fortunate all around the world. To celebrate this international work the Canadian government has designated February 5th to 11th as International Development Week.

Successful Monitoring Trip Completed to Guatemala

Les Frayne, project manager and Murray Brownridge, chair of the Board of Directors of SHARE recently completed a monitoring trip to several communities in Guatemala to visit project sites. Both reported that it was gratifying to see these successful projects that have resulted from the SHARE fund raising, research and planning with hard working partner Brazos Amorosos (Loving Arms)…

Disaster in El Salvador – Can you help?

Ten days of continuous rain in mid October, 2011 caused catastrophic damage to communities in El Salvador where SHARE has agriculture projects. Families, who had very little, lost their humble homes, possessions and crops to torrential rains, flooding and landslides. SHARE was quick to send funds…

David L. Armstrong

S.H.A.R.E. is saddened by the recent death of David Armstrong, a founding director and one of our most loyal supporters. He planted the seed and inspired farm leaders in the Region of Peel to form SHARE in 1976. He was very active on the Board and held various positions including Chairman until 1993. He continued to attend Board meetings until his death. David’s insight and “Pumps for Food” project. (PDF. You can download Adobe Reader here).  His wealth of knowledge will be greatly missed. David was a Life member of Mayfield United Church and was involved with many other community organizations. David farmed for many years in the Caledon area and was a very well respected dairy farmer.


Successful SHARE Corn Roast – Scholarship Fund for Rural Teens

Fabulous weather, delicious food, good entertainment, beautiful, relaxed country setting, many friends and generous donors.

Lions Club Donates Eye Glasses for S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation’s Adult Literacy Program

After several men and women thanked SHARE for providing a literacy circle in their community in El Salvador, one woman spoke up. “I can read signs and directions when I go to town now. I no longer have the shame of putting an X on documents when I go to offices. I want to thank SHARE for the opportunity to learn to read even at my age. But I have a request. Would you be able to get me some reading glasses?” Maria asked. “It is hard to see the words on the pages because I need glasses.”

Water Filter Program in Guatemala – Connecting Partners in Canada, U.S. and Guatemala

It sometimes takes a lot of partnering to get a development project started.  Internet research, many emails, hours of volunteer efforts and collaborations can bring like-minded organizations together to make good things happen.
Poverty and the International Food Crisis in Central America

“Imagine living on  $1.25 a day and spending $ .85 of that on food for your family.” According to the World Bank, “Central America is one of the hardest hit regions in the international food crisis. The price of rice, beans, sugar and other commodities has drastically gone up. Many families cannot afford nutritious food anymore. The impact is dramatic in particular for children.”
SHARE Supporters see Results in Central America

A recent trip to Belize and Guatemala has opened the eyes and touched the hearts of Jane Collins of Rockton and Peter Lindley of Ancaster. Both supporters of the SHARE (Sending Help and Resources Everywhere) Agriculture Foundation visited the two countries a little over two months ago to get a firsthand look at how the non-profit organization provides assistance to impoverished rural communities in Central America.
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Building Leaders. Building Communities

Partnering with the Junior Farmers Association of Ontario

“Pass On Principal” Means Giving Back in Guatemala

Eight new S.H.A.R.E. stoves were completed in Guatemala just in time to help with an admirable act of generosity.

Growing for S.H.A.R.E. – The 12th Annual Plant Sale at Cheltenham

The 12th annual S.H.A.R.E. plant sale held recently in the community of Cheltenham.

Justus Concert for S.H.A.R.E.

S.H.A.R.E. would like to thank the Justus Choir (Streetsville Musicorp Inc.) who recently presented an evening of song in their trademark energetic and enthusiastic fashion – all in support of S.H.A.R.E.’s work.

15th Copetown Lions Club Dinner for SHARE

Thanks to the work of friends and family of the late John Yovanov, Peter Lindley and members of the Copetown Lions Club…

Remarks about SHARE in the Canadian Senate

These are the remarks of the Honorable Lorna Milne, now retired Canadian Senator, in the Canadian Senate on December 1, 2009.

Belize Study Tours

Ridgetown Campus and the University of Guelph offer students study tours of the small, Central American country of Belize.

David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon Congratulates S.H.A.R.E.

In a letter read at the S.H.A.R.E. annual dinner/dance fundraiser in November 2009, David Tilson congratulated the organization..

SHARE Patron and CBC farm commentator Dr. George Atkins died early Monday, November 30th, 2009 in Wiarton, Ontario at the age of 92.

A graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College and a farmer himself, George Atkins was CBC’s farm and gardening host in the 1950s and ’60s.

S.H.A.R.E. Student Wins University Scholarship to Taiwanese University.

Never in her most ambitious dreams for the scholarship program that she initiated would Isabelle Harmer have imagined the good news!

11th Annual Corn Roast for Scholarship Fund

Friends and supporters of the S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation Belize scholarship fund attended the annual corn roast..

SHARE’s First Project in Bolivia

In the Andean highlands of Bolivia, one of the poorest countries in South America, SHARE has started a new project ..

An Ambassador Visits – S.H.A.R.E. Partners for Results

Sometimes impoverished rural communities where SHARE works need inputs that are difficult for SHARE to provide.

10th annual SHARE Golf Tournament

104 golfers recently took part in the 10th annual SHARE Golf Tournament at the Guelph Lakes Golf and Country Club.

Copetown Lions Club Dinner for SHARE

Thanks to the work of John Yovanov, Peter Lindley and members of the Copetown Lions Club a successful fundraising dinner raised over $5,000 for SHARE’s projects.

SHARE Announces a Third CIDA Project

SHARE will raise funds to partner with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) on a third project.

MP Tilson Congratulates S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation for CIDA Funding Approval

David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, congratulated the S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation, a local non-profit charity, at the organization’s  annual dinner and dance in Brampton for qualifying to receive funds from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for agricultural and literacy project work in Central and South America.

Retired Teachers of Ontario ‘Service to Others’ Award for S.H.A.R.E.’s Literacy Circles in El Salvador

After spending a life time of work in schools in Wellington County and across Ontario retired teachers stay interested in their passion for education by supporting literacy efforts in Ontario and around the world through the Service to Others initiative funded by the provincial Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO/ERO).

SHARE Announces CIDA Matched Funding

SHARE is pleased to announce that our organization has been awarded 3 to 1 matched funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for a 3 year agricultural project in Brazil.

SHARE Announces CIDA Matched Funding

Michael Chong Congratulates SHARE Agriculture Foundation for CIDA Funding Approval

Second CIDA Funded Project for SHARE Agriculture Foundation

SHARE will again partner with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for a 3 year project in El Salvador.  The focus of this project is teen and adult literacy and agricultural training in 40 disadvantaged rural communities.  
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The new CIDA/SHARE project in El Salvador will fund literacy lessons for teens and adults for 3 years in 40 rural communities400 men and women will be trained and receive agricultural inputs to feed families in 40 communities in El Salvador

SHARE dairy projects show lasting results in small Belizean communities. Farmers in Arenal village (a small village on the Belize-Guatemala border) were helped by SHARE sponsorship to build fencing and dig ponds to contain their cows that were generously provided by SHARE. The projects in the village began 10 years ago and during the recent monitoring tour we had an opportunity to see them trotting past the school. While visiting the new school in the village, built by the Canadian Government via the Canadian High Commission in Belize, on land donated by the Belizean Government, we were pleased to see a healthy herd of Brahma-Holstein cross cattle being herded through town to their other pasture field. The SHARE cattle have improved the livelihood and prosperity of the group of farmers involved and the offspring appear to still be going strong.

From Belize – Katie Savage – Jan. 29/08

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