IGA Country Representative for Canada
Jackie has been the IGA Country Representative for Canada since shortly after attending the International Conference on Goats (ICG) in Mexico in 2008. Jackie lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada.
Jackie has been involved with goat keeping in Canada since 1979. Over the years, she has raised dairy goats for the most part. Alpines were her main and favorite breed, although she also has had Saanens, Toggenburgs, and Nubians. Jackie also raised Boer cross goats for meat, Angora and Cashmere goats for fiber, and a few miniatures just for fun. Jackie retired from raising goats in 2012 but have remained active in the industry. Since 1979, she has served as a director, president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer on several occasions for one Canadian goat organization or another. Jackie has also organized several conferences and seminars, and many shows. She was both a dairy goat and a meat goat judge and have shown her own dairy goats as well.
Jackie mainly promotes IGA through her magazine, GoatKeeper, which she started in 1998. Since she became a CR in 2008, she has devoted one or two pages in every issue to IGA. She features (with IGA's permission) news, articles, research, and events from the IGA newsletter and Small Ruminant Research. She also lists international conferences on the calendar page of the magazine. Jackie mails a copy of every issue of GoatKeeper to IGA. After the Mexico ICG in 2008, she wrote several stories for GoatKeeper about the event in general and some of the stops on the tour.
Jackie keeps in touch with Dr. Paula Menzies, the IGA board member living Canada. The two of them have met on several occasions over the many years she has been involved with goats. She promised to write a report for the IGA pages in GoatKeeper when she is not quite as busy as she is at the moment!
Regrettably, Jackie has not been to any conferences in recent years because she lives in an area that is too far away to be able to easily attend any, due to other time commitments that keep her close to home, and the cost of travel.
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