Community builder delivers simple messages for rural residents

By Pat Jilesen, Director, OFA

To The Haldimand Press

Doug Griffiths turned heads at the Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s (OFA) recent annual general meeting with his presentation on “13 Ways to Kill Your Community.” Based on a best-selling book he co-authored, Griffiths addressed the crowd of voting delegates, agriculture industry representatives, and politicians from across the province, outlining the most common mistakes most communities make that hinder their success.

A former member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Griffiths has traveled across North America to visit communities, interview residents and councillors, and consulted with many communities to inspire positive changes.

Griffith’s honest and direct presentation style hit home for many in the audience. He captured everyone’s attention with his antics and stories of community members whose actions and attitudes are restricting growth and progress in their own community … examples that many in the crowd could relate to.

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