Working in Toronto and coming from rural Ontario proves there are stark differences between the two landscapes but that at the end of the day, we all live in one province. I love seeing someones face when I'm working in the city and I tell them I was raised on a dairy farm or come from a small town. I'm not sure if they are expecting me to look a certain way or talk a certain way but I always enjoy seeing the look of surprise on their face. It is a cool feeling knowing I may have changed their perception or expectations of what they may have thought someone from rural Ontario looks like.
A typical follow up question they also ask is where I got my passion for agriculture for what I do both personally and professionally. While I blogged about this years ago when I first started this Passionate Voice platform, my answer always comes back to my days in the country, growing up on my parents dairy farm. But it was also my parents encouragement of trying new things and dreaming big that now has me working in downtown Toronto. Yes, there are some days I would feel more 'in my element' being back at home or in the country (cows really don't talk back which is awesome!) but there is an opportunity that presents itself in Toronto that feeds my hunger for 'challenging the status quo' everyday in what I do to help promote Ontario's agriculture sector for the amazing industry it is and the impact it has here at home in Ontario.
My appetite for communication, connecting with people, wanting to make a difference, and providing inspiration for other young professionals proudly came from my upbringing. I have Rural Ontario to thank along with my parents and family for my continued drive each and every day.
It is why this platform The Passionate Voice was born and why I love helping others tell their story through social media and public speaking training.
If by chance, you are a country-born reader enjoying this post, make sure to take the time to enjoy Ontario Agriculture Week this week across the province, which is being celebrated from October 5th to 11th.
And a side note to end this post, I personally took the above photo of a wheat field overlooking my family's dairy farm and the Trent River this past July before the wheat was harvested.
This view will never get old!