• Shining Bright E25 | Kim Keller + Lesley Kelley

May 16, 2018

Host Marji Guyler-Alaniz talks to a few women who are part of a team that came together to help raise awareness about mental illness in agriculture. Kim Keller had no interest in returning to the farm but as she grew up, she realized her passion and is now back home farming full-time with her parents and brother in Canada. Lesley Kelley also had sights on working in the big city but also returned to the farm and now is involved in both city living and farming living. These ladies are working hard to break the stigma and provide resources for their community and they are the founders of 'Do More Ag'.

Kim Keller

Lesley Kelley

Kim farms with her parents and brother in Northeast SK. Despite having growing up on the farm, she did not have any interest in farming or the Ag industry and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelors of Arts with Honours. Even though having been away from the farm pursuing her education and career in insurance, in 2011 she realized that as much as she had fought it, farming and helping shape the industry was in her blood. So shortly after, in 2012, she, along with two friends cofounded SK Women In Ag, which is an organization focused on connecting, supporting and empowering women to strengthen the Ag industry as a whole. Her work in mental health awareness in Ag continues today as she is helping to launch The Do More Agriculture Foundation that promotes a focus on supporting resources for farmers and breaking the stigma.

 

Lesley is the head and heart behind the blog, High Heels & Canola Fields. She grew up on her family’s grain farm at Watrous, Saskatchewan where her and husband currently operate with her brother and dad. After gaining an education in marketing and accounting, went on to work in various marketing and branding positions in the ag sector, such as Cargill, ATB Financial, Farm Credit Canada and is currently the Brand Manager at WorkHorse Hub. Lesley has even addressed some in her blog and videos. Her goal is to help make the industry stronger and one way is to help break down the culture of “toughness” encouraged among farmers so that they, too, can talk openly about mental health.

 




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