Claresholm, Alberta , Canada
|| February 18, 1952
Mar 25, 2006 09:25am
|Info||Born in Claresholm, Alberta,Ted Menzies grew up in the rolling prairies and foothills west of Claresholm on his family's farm. |
After working as Warranty Supervisor for Safeway Shelter Systems where he coordinated warranty work in Western Canada and the Northwest Territories, Ted started farming east of Claresholm with his wife, Sandy, and her family.
Ted and Sandy have operated Section One Farm Ltd., a 5,000 acre farm, near Claresholm, Alberta, for 30 years producing wheat, barley, canola, field peas, lentils, chickpeas and spice crops. Ted was an early adopter of new technologies such as zero-tillage to conserve valuable soil and moisture, global positioning for improved efficiency and hand held computers for record keeping.
A strong background in agriculture, international trade and dealing with various governments has provided Ted the opportunity to speak to audiences in Australia, Mexico, U.S., Europe and Canada.
Ted has played an active role in, and often presided over, community, municipal, provincial, national and international boards and committees.
In 1975, he joined the local Claresholm Lions Club, of which he would later become president and chair various committees and also serve for Lions Clubs International in various roles. In the late 1970s, Ted became politically active in the federal and provincial associations in his community.
By the late 1990s, Ted sought other opportunities to get engaged in the business of agriculture and international trade. His work with the Grain Growers of Canada, Western Canadian Wheat Growers, the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance and the federal Agriculture, Food and Beverage Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade (SAGIT) gave him the chance to work with, advocate for and build coalitions with diverse groups on issues that were often international in scope with direct, local impact on neighbours and colleagues.
Ted and Sandy raised two children, Michael, 28, currently working as a mechanical engineer in Vancouver and Kari Menzies-Cunningham, 26, a Registered Nurse living and working in Ottawa with her husband, Darren Cunningham.