*** The names of the contestants are in alphabetical order
MORANDA VAN GEEST
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Moranda was still a youngster when she started a small business milking goats and making cheese. After Moranda graduated from Agricultural College, she and her husband Arend immigrated to Canada in 1981 with the dream of owning their own land. They purchased a rundown farm in Elgin and built it into a thriving dairy business while raising their three children on solid values and hard work. After 32 years, she and Arend ‘retired’ to a hobby farm where they raise sheep, pigs and chickens.Moranda’s gratitude for the land and her community finds expression in her volunteerism. She is president and a founding member of the Elgin Eco Association, which hosts an annual mountain bike race and a summer camp for children, and most recently preserved a valuable Acadian forest with hiking trails in partnership with the Nature Trust of New Brunswick. She’s co-chairperson of the Petitcodiac, Salisbury and Area Community Health and Wellness Advisory Committee and an active member of the Elgin Women’s Institute and the Elgin International Women’s Day Committee. Moranda has also been involved with the Home and School Association and Toastmasters International.
Moranda has proved that respect and integrity, coupled with a positive attitude and commitment to the task, can overcome obstacles and achieve goals. Her desire to run for the Green Party is grounded in her belief that our individual health and wellness is inextricably connected to the health of our environment.