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CFWF Bayer International Bursary winner selected

Shazia Khalid from Ontario to attend the 2023 IFAJ Congress in Alberta

Agricultural writer Shazia Khalid has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation (CFWF) International Bursary, sponsored by Bayer Canada.

Khalid, based in Guelph, Ontario, writes for the Canadian Farmer, a Guelph-based ethnocultural magazine for newcomers to Canada. She works in five languages as a writer and translator – English, Punjabi, Urdu, Afghani and Arabic. Khalid has served as a board member with Eastern Canada Farm Writers’ Association (ECFWA) since May 2022.
Attending the IFAJ Congress is an excellent opportunity for Khalid to showcase Canadian diversity by connecting with delegates from around the world. “I grew up in a small village in an agricultural hub in rural Punjab, Pakistan. My family has been farming for the past 150 years. Trained as a farmer, writer, and translator, I am very passionate about connecting newcomers and immigrants to the Canadian agricultural sector,” she says.
The bursary will cover up to $2,500 of registration fees and travel expenses to attend the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) annual congress in Calgary and Olds, Alberta from June 27 to July 3, 2023.

In the coming year Khalid will share the information gathered at the congress with fellow farm writers which she feels will be an excellent opportunity to showcase diversity and share the success story of an immigrant woman in Canadian agricultural communications. She hopes this will encourage and help recruit more newcomer and immigrant communication professionals.

Bayer Canada is pleased to present such a deserving candidate with this year’s bursary, according to Ginger Rozmus, Communications Leader at Bayer Crop Science Canada.

“It benefits everyone when journalists are passionate and knowledgeable about agriculture, in Canada and beyond,” says Rozmus. “Journalists play a critical role in telling the Canadian agriculture story, inspiring dialogue, and helping others better appreciate how our food, farmers, and industry are advancing to feed people across the globe. Shazia’s experience with agriculture in in both Pakistan and Canada make her an amazing choice for this award, and she will be able to learn and share her experiences as she connects with agricultural journalists and communicators around the world.”

CFWF would like to thank Bayer Canada for continuing to support this bursary. We would also like to thank the 2023 judging panel: Rachel Telford, CFWF President, and Crystal Jorgeson and John Greig, both CFWF past-presidents.

For more information:

Hugh Maynard
Secretary-Treasurer, CFWF