Blue and Gold Awards Program

The Blue and Gold Awards program honours alumni who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to the alma mater, their communities, Atlantic Canada and beyond.

On Friday, October 14, 2022 we recognized the following alumni for their exceptional achievements in the areas of volunteerism and contribution to the agricultural industry. Guests enjoyed an evening featuring awards, presentations and entertainment.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award

The Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of Faculty of Agriculture alumni aged 40 and younger. Alumni are recognized for outstanding achievement that may have earned them regional, national or international prominence through service to humanity in their profession or volunteer organizations, through community service or the advancement of knowledge and service to the Faculty of Agriculture.

Ryan Barrett
Class of ‘02
Kensington, PE

Ryan Barrett, a professional agrologist, is the research and agronomy specialist with the Prince Edward Island Potato Board.  In this role, Ryan coordinates local and national research projects with several different partners as well as conducting on-farm research trials with several PEI potato growers.
Ryan is the vice president of the PEI Institute of Agrologists and serves an executive role in several different organizations, all while staying involved in his family’s dairy farm, breeding registered Milking Shorthorns. 

Alumni Volunteer of the Year

The Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award honors a volunteer who has consistently and enthusiastically donated their time and talents to advancing the objectives of the faculty or the Alumni Association.

Valerie Carmichael
Class of ‘70
Centerville, NB

Valerie Carmichael is the owner/manager of C&M Farms Ltd a 100-cow dairy farm in Williamstown, New Brunswick.  While busy in this role and others throughout her career, Valerie continually gives back to her community through her expertise in agriculture, food, and youth.  Trained in youth engagement and suicide intervention, Valerie engages with many youth groups including 4-H, her church and Rotary.  She was the National rep for the NB Breakfast for Learning Council, the president of the NB Association of Food Banks, and chair of the Woodstock Young Adult Health Coalition Chair, among many others.

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the Faculty of Agriculture’s most prestigious award, recognizing truly outstanding service and commitment to Faculty of Agriculture, industry and the Alumni Association.

Nominees must be eligible for membership in the Faculty of Agriculture Alumni Association and have distinguished themselves in their area of expertise, bringing honor to the university. Nominees will have provided a positive role model for Faculty of Agriculture and agriculture and made a significant contribution to the industry through teaching, research, industry, extension, production or to society in general.

Charles Keddy
Class of ‘73
Kentville, NS

Since 1977 Charles Keddy and his wife, Doris, have built a successful business known as C.O. Keddy Nursery Inc while raising three children. From the first crop harvested off two acres and sold locally to today, C.O. Keddy Nursery Inc is a successful business growing 110 acres of nursery stock shipping across North America.  The farm continues to grow and expand in Lakeville, NS.

Nominate an Alumnus

Fill out the online form to nominate an alumnus today! Supporting documentation (if applicable) can me emailed to

Mailing Address
Alumni Relations                                                          
Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture
Box 550,
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