The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has announced that 38 Canadians will be awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for their significant contributions to the beef industry, their community and their country. While the bulk of these recipients are from western Canada, local beef farmer Robert Acton is one of two recipients from New Brunswick.
The awards ceremony will take place at the conclusion of a Maritime Beef Council meeting at the Nappan Pavilion, Nappan, N.S. on Feb. 14.
CCA president Martin Unrau said it is a special honour to be able to recognize the professional contributions of so many respected individuals in the industry that have worked hard to make a difference.
“The cattle and beef industry is filled with individuals who are passionate about the industry and whose efforts have and continue to drive real change. The industry as a whole is better off due to their contributions,” said Unrau.
Acton has worked tirelessly in support of and promotion of the beef industry locally, in the Atlantic provinces and nationally. He has spent countless hours representing producers on various boards, working groups and organizations in an effort to continually improve the industry while meeting the demands of consumers.
For many years, Acton was ably assisted by his late wife Alma who shared his passion for their farm and the industry. He now farms in partnership with grandsons Nathan Phinney and Corey MacQuarrie.
Acton’s wife Laura and daughters Debbie, Donna and Darlene, along with their families, invite friends and relatives to celebrate his accomplishment during a gathering at his home in Cookville at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14 for a reception.