Responding to Climate Disasters: Addressing Farm Safety, Wellness & Health

wed03may1:00 pmwed2:00 pmResponding to Climate Disasters: Addressing Farm Safety, Wellness & Health

Event Details

A free online forum with Carolyn Van Den Heuvel, Nova Scotia Federation Executive Director and Wendy Bennett, AgSafe BC Executive Director. Participants will hear about how producers were affected by current climate disasters, Hurricane Fiona in Nova Scotia and the heat dome and floods in British Columbia and what planning, response and lessons learned can be applied to future climate disasters.

Carolyn Van Den Heuvel, Executive Director, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture

Carolyn Van Den Heuvel is the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. She grew up on a farm in Antigonish, and currently resides in Truro Heights. She graduated from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 2010 Following graduation, she worked on a number of dairy farms before starting her career with the Federation in 2012.

Carolyn has never left the agriculture industry. Growing up on a farm, she always had a passion for agriculture. While studying at the AC she knew one thing – she wanted to work in the agriculture industry, at the farm level, in a capacity that helped the industry progress. Carolyn feels that her work at the NSFA does just that and fulfills her desire to support the industry in an ever-changing environment.

Carolyn is passionate about agriculture, sustainability, and community development and is a strong advocate of mental health in agriculture.

Wendy Bennett, Executive Director, AgSafeBC

Wendy Bennett is the Executive Director of AgSafe BC, previously she was the Director of Programs at AgSafe. Wendy has worked in the Health and Safety field since 1995. Successfully earning her CRSP in 2004, Wendy uses her knowledge as a course tutor with BCIT.


After spending more than ten years with one of the largest school districts in BC, she brings her experience in safety training and education to the agriculture industry. Her previous experience includes developing and delivering programs for Health, Safety and Environmental training for various clients throughout BC. As an independent consultant, she established emergency plans for multiple large organizations and advised employers regarding compensation issues. She has been an active first aid attendant since moving to BC in 1989 and instructed all levels of first aid until recently retiring her certification.

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(Wednesday) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm