AITC SK Annual Report Intro

AITC-SK is a registered charity dedicated to connecting kids and agriculture through innovative, experiential, curriculum-based programs and resources.

Executive Director Message

Growth, opportunity, innovation, expansion – these are the words that come to mind when I reflect on 2020 and the impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture in the Classroom SK…

Sara Shymko

Our Reach

Tracking our reach and impact has always been important to AITC-SK....

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28,440 Engagement

609,950 Reach


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21,550 Website Users

73,620 Website Pageviews

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Our Team

In 2020, the AITC-SK team proved our ability to adapt in a situation unlike ever experienced. Our team worked diligently this past year to stay current with the educational needs of teachers, to expand our knowledge of the digital world, and to find innovative and creative solutions to continue to provide engaging agriculture education experiences during a global pandemic. It was a year of professional growth!

Sara Shymko
Susan Jorgensen
Shauna Hill
Chandra Gusikoski
Paige Pister
Leah Hermanson
Zach Fellows
Brit MacDonald
Brent Hofstede
Paige Warkentine

Thank you Kirsten Falzarano, Jenny Klassen, and Daryl Lesyshyn for your contributions during your time with AITC-SK.

COVID-19 Response

As schools closed across the province our team swiftly responded to the changed educational needs of teachers. There were many milestones that highlight how we adapted to the pandemic, supported online and at-home learning, recognized new opportunity, learned new skills, and expanded not only our offerings but our own skill sets.

March 16, 2020

AITC-SK suspends all programming

In compliance with the Government of Saskatchewan’s decision to indefinitely suspend all classes in the province’s K-12 Schools, AITC-SK programs were halted.

March 26, 2020

At home resources launched.

In a matter of 10 days, AITC-SK adapted current resources to build a library of easily shareable resources for teachers and parents at home.

May 1, 2020

AITC-SK gives back!

To help spread happiness, we provided over 1,000 packages to the Prince Albert Food Bank and the Saskatoon Vulnerable Population Sector Strategy response to COVID-19.

May 6, 2020

Understanding teacher needs.

AITC-SK distributed a Teacher Survey to gain insight on the educational support teachers need which helped guide our resource development and strategy moving forward.

June 9, 2020

Becoming VIRTUAL education experts.

AITC-SK staff attended sessions hosted by experts who shared their experience, knowledge, and tools for engaging students in learning in an online world.

August 28, 2020

Success with VIRTUAL teacher convention.

Online teacher presentations enabled us to connect teachers with a farmer and provide engaging information about AITC-SK and agriculture.

October 6, 2020

Outdoor learning resources launched!

New agriculture education resources launched for elementary and middle years students to support learning outside.

October 20, 2020

Introducing Foundations of Saskatchewan Agriculture!

Collaboration with the agriculture industry at its finest! The first phase of a resource featuring information on each of Saskatchewan's commodity groups.

November 23, 2020

Virtual programming now available.

Many in-person programs were transitioned to online experiences allowing teachers beyond the geographical location of the event to access the agricultural learning.


Foundations of Saskatchewan Agriculture

This project came to life in 2020! Our team collaborated with each of the commodity groups in Saskatchewan to produce a resource truly representative of our province. Foundations of Saskatchewan Agriculture is a series of interactive courses and information sheets for elementary students to explore the different crops grown and animals raised in our province. We are grateful for the District 8 ADD Board's sponsorship to help bring this project to life.


Adapted Programming

Virtual programming provided the opportunity to reach schools we previously did not have the capacity to visit. Activities in the programs were adapted from group to individual student work to maintain our hands-on approach while ensuring safety protocols were followed. Partnerships within the agriculture industry played a key role in enabling students to participate in a variety of engaging agriculture learning experiences.

AG EXperience

One of the first programs to pivot to online learning, AG EXperience is a virtual experience with videos, activities and resources on your favourite agriculture topics.

Agribition Agri-Ed Program

A variety of interactive, inquisitive, and fun resources to learn about animals, crops, food and more! Leah is co-Chair on the Agri-Ed Committee, helping to guide the success of this program.

Agriculture Science Spotlights

Virtual career events spotlighting 3 scientists that shared their background, pathway into agriculture, and research, inspiring students to consider a career in the agriculture and food sectors!

Journey 2050

The classroom presentation was adapted to a virtual format, enabling the program to continue and to reach more isolated schools! Zach is on the steering committee, playing a significant role in the program's transition!

Seed Survivor

AITC-SK has played an important role in transitioning this program virtually, with Brent's planting video being used across North America! AITC-SK has distributed hundreds of growing kits to accompany the Seed Survivor virtual learning experience!

Little Green Thumbs

Classroom gardens bring joy during uncertain times! Individual activities have been developed for garden-based learning to continue.

AITC Canada

AITC Canada Members

We are proud of the relationship that AITC-SK has built with educators, students, agriculture sector professionals and the public in Saskatchewan.

Johanne Ross, Executive Director, AITC Canada
Johanne Ross,
Executive Director,
AITC Canada

Message from Chair

Arnold Balicki
Arnold Balicki

Agriculture education in Saskatchewan has not wavered. It is evident how truly talented and creative Sara and the team at AITC-SK are.

On the Horizon in 2021:

Pandemic Pizza: How a Global Pandemic Impacted the Saskatchewan Food System

Mission: Superhuman
Kids' Agriculture Website
thinkAG Career Website
Robotics & Automation Competition
thinkAG Career Case

Our 2020 Board

The AITC-SK Board of Directors has played a crucial role in the growth and success of AITC-SK this past year. As our organization adapted to the ever-changing educational needs in the province, the board continued to provide strong leadership and financial oversight. Last year we said farewell with gratitude to Bob Tosh and Krystal Tendler, and welcomed Ashton Wilson and John Bumbac who joined the Board in providing meaningful contributions to our organization.

Arnold Balicki
Keith Fournier
Ashton Wilson
Heather Boensch
Sarah Hein
Jackie Robin
Denise Coghill
Kathy Doucette
John Bumbac

Our Partners

It is the dedicated commitment of our partners that allows us to reach thousands of students each year. 2020 was a challenging year for many organizations. AITC-SK is immensley grateful for the continued support of our partners. They entrusted us with adapting to changing educational needs and also supported the development of new and online offerings, ensuring agricultural learning experiences continued in the province.

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Canadian Agricultural Partnership
Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association
SaskWheat Development Commission

Environment Canada EcoAction Community Funding Program

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Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan
Community Initiatives Fund
Saskatchewan Pulse Growers
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District 8 ADD Board

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Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation
Get Cracking, Saskatchewan!
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Grain Millers

Man/Sask Cattlemen's Golf Tournament

WinField United
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  • Swift Current Chamber of Commerce
  • BASF Agricultural Specialties Ltd.
  • Fast Genetics
  • Novozymes BioAg Group
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  • Agwest Bio
  • Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan
  • RM of Dundurn No.314
  • RM of Maryfield No. 91
  • R-K Sunview Farms Ltd
  • RM of Churchbridge No. 211
  • RM of Corman Park No. 344
  • RM of Enterprise No. 142
  • RM of Excelsior No. 166
  • RM of Fertile Belt No. 183
  • RM of Happyland No. 231
  • RM of Humboldt No. 370
  • RM of Kellross No. 247
  • RM of Lomond No.37
  • RM of Moose Jaw No. 161
  • RM of Prairiedale No. 321
  • RM of Reciprocity No. 32
  • RM of Saltcoats No. 213
  • RM of Usborne No. 310
  • RM of Fertile Belt No. 183
  • RM of Wawken No. 93
  • RM of Wolseley No. 155
  • RM of Wolverine No. 340
  • Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists
  • Syngenta Canada Inc.
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • RM of Sasman No. 336
  • RM of Sutton No. 103
  • RM of Terrell No. 101
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< $500+
  • Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists-NE Branch
  • RM of Arlington No. 79
  • RM of Benson No 35
  • RM of Cana No. 214
  • RM of Chaplin No. 164
  • RM of Craik No. 222
  • RM of EnnisKillen No. 3
  • RM of Eye Hill No. 382
  • RM of Garry No. 245
  • RM of Gull Lake No. 139
  • RM of Hudson Bay No. 394
  • RM of Insinger No. 275
  • RM of Ituna Bon Accord No. 246
  • RM of Kelvington No. 366
  • RM of Kingsley No. 124
  • RM of Lac Pelletier No. 107
  • RM of Lakeview No. 337
  • RM of Lac Pelletier No. 107
  • RM of Lakeview No. 337
  • RM of Laurier No. 38
  • RM of Medstead No. 497
  • RM of Meeting Lake No. 466
  • RM of Mervin No. 499
  • RM of Milden No. 286
  • RM of Monet No. 257
  • RM of Moosomin No. 121
  • RM of Mount Pleasant No. 2
  • RM of Newcombe No. 260
  • RM of Paynton No. 470
  • RM of Preeceville No. 334
  • RM of Prince Albert No. 461
  • RM of Rosthern No. 403
  • RM of Round Valley No. 410
  • RM of Rudy No. 284
  • RM of Silverwood No. 123
  • RM of St. Andrews No. 287
  • RM of St. Peter No. 369
  • RM of Stanley No. 215
  • RM of Stonehenge No. 73
  • RM of Victory No. 226
  • RM of Viscount No. 341
  • RM of Waverley No. 44
  • RM of Webb No. 138
  • RM of Whiska Creek No. 106
  • RM of Willow Bunch No. 42

Thank You.

It has been an inspiration to reflect upon AITC-SK’s past year. It challenged our team to look past the hardships of a global pandemic and to focus on the incredible growth and development opportunities we had. With foundational work already in place, we are seeing many projects come to life in 2021. We look forward to sharing our accomplishments with you next year in what seemingly will be ‘2021 the Year of Launches’!

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Questions, comments or want to get involved? Contact:
Sara Shymko, Executive Director