By Sheila Phibbs
The Haldimand Press
HAGERSVILLE—The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) has announced the Rural Change Makers pilot project, in which 18 participants from across Ontario, aged 18 to 29, will have the opportunity to make an impact and become catalysts for community led development. Two of those change makers are Haldimand’s own Jessica and Jackie Easson.
The Easson sisters are originally from Etobicoke and share a passion for giving back to the community. Haldimand eventually became their home when they moved to the family farm that had been operated by their grandparents, George and Odeyne Wodskou, in Oneida in 2010. Their interest in the rural community was solidified through their involvement in the Caledonia Agricultural Society, the Caledonia Fair, and Haldimand 4-H.
Jessica learned about the Rural Change Makers through a Facebook post. She says, “I am always trying to find good things to do and this sounded like a good opportunity to try to accomplish something good in the community.”