They were chosen via a virtual selection process, but the next group of Cattlemen’s Young Leaders mentorship program will hopefully get to spend more of their program year in the everyday world.
The 16 finalists in the program are paired with a leader from the beef sector and also given $2,000 to travel and attend conferences.
Those type of in-person opportunities have, of course, been limited during the pandemic — and still are. (The graduation event for the 2019 and 2020 program participants at the end of this month will be held virtually.)
More than 120 young people have gone through the program since it was started in 2010 and many of them are Albertans, including six this year.
They are Diane Van Essen (Picture Butte), Nikki Olson (Red Deer County), Rheanne Ritchie (Didsbury), Laura Macrae (Westlock), Tia Schram (Bruderheim) and Melissa Gablehaus (Rochester).
More on the program (including profiles of past participants) can be found at cattlemensyoungleaders.com.