In a National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) first, Rachel Goldie has been elected chairwoman 25 years after her father, Alan Goldie, held the position in 1996.
It is the first time in the NFYFC’s history that two generations of the same family have been elected to the top role.
Ms Goldie, who was elected at NFYFC’s first online council elections on Thursday, February 18, works as a homeless prevention worker for young people at Foundation UK as well as at her family’s pedigree Holstein dairy farm in Danby Wiske, Northallerton, North Yorkshire.
A member of Great Smeaton YFC for 15 years, Ms Goldie told Farmers Guardian she had always aspired to be the national chairwoman.
“I am really proud to be elected as the national chairwoman and to bring the title back into the Goldie family after 25 years,” Ms Goldie said.
“But it will be very different to my dad’s experience, especially in terms of technology.
“He was one of the first chairmen to use a mobile phone rather than fax, whereas I was elected over a Zoom call.”
Ms Goldie added each NFYFC year presents its own challenges and said a successful outcome for her year in office would be to see as many clubs survive post-Covid-19.
“The last 11 months have not been easy for YFC members, with clubs forced to close during lockdowns and having to follow restrictions when we could meet up.
“The levels of isolation rural young people are facing is immense and during my year as chairwoman I am keen to encourage YFCs to continue to reach out in their communities and support others.”
Ms Goldie will be supported by vice-chairman Ed Dungait, from Northumberland YFC and vice-chairwoman Rosie Bennett, from Devon YFC.
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