PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Minister's Dedication to Agriculture Award
Friday January 27, 2017
The PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Minister's Dedication to Agriculture Award for 2016 is presented to Mr. Blair Gallant. Mr. Gallant has been nominated by his current employer W.P. Griffin Inc. of Elmsdale. In our industry, we have difficulty in retaining skilled employees with the ability to manage our farm as we would. To have an individual as skilled, dedicated and loyal as Blair is an asset to our farm and industry. During his 40 consecutive years of employment, he has established an effective ability to place himself in everyone's shoes which in turn has created very loyal employees. He is accommodating wherever possible with his staff. He excels at delegating tasks to the employees best equipped to handle them. He is always flexible and confident as the employees look to him for guidance, inspiration and direction. He always accepts responsibility for his choices which earns respect from both staff and management. Blair is a very appreciated and valuable asset to our farm, team and our day to day operation. To say, Blair is outstanding in his field is an understatement. It is with great pleasure to present Mr. Blair Gallant with PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Minister's Dedication to Agriculture Award, which is presented by the Honorable Allan McIsaac.
PEI Agriculture Employer of the Year
Friday January 27, 2017
The 2016 PEI Agriculture Employer of the year is being awarded to W.P Griffin Inc. of Elmsdale. W.P. Griffin Inc. has been nominated by Samantha Ellsworth completing the nomination on behalf of the staff. W.P Griffin Inc. is a family farm managed by John Griffin and Peter Griffin and was incorporated in 1969. Griffin's values are respect, fairness, quality, productivity and employee health and training as quoted on their website, but these values are more than just words, they are what W.P Griffin Inc. really stands for and puts into practice every day with employees at their farm. As staff, we are included in many of their production decisions. We are provided with training, health and wellness, safety, employee handbook and other benefits. We really and truly believe that Griffins have provided us with a stable, productive and beneficial workplace. Many of us have been employed with Griffins for over 20 years. We truly enjoy working for such an amazing employer! We feel not only to be part of their team, but also their family. It is with great pleasure to present W.P. Griffin Inc. with the PEI Agriculture Employer of the Year Award which is sponsored by T&K Fire and Safety. The award is being presented by Darry Wallace, Chair of the PEI Agriculture Sector Council.
Farm Day in the City
Sunday October 2, 2016
Close to 15,000 people crowded into downtown Charlottetown for Farm Day in the City on Sunday. The festival was marking its ninth year. Queen Street was closed from Grafton to King, and the festival also stretched up Victoria Row and around Confederation Centre. It featured live music, cooking demonstrations, face painting and, of course, dozens of farmers selling their produce. The P.E.I. Potato Board was the title sponsor for this year's event. It sold french fries for $2.00, with all the proceeds going to Family Violence and Prevention Services and P.E.I. 4-H. John Griffin and Garth Smallman from W.P. Griffin's baked and served approximately 700 baked potatoes.
Prince County Hospital Foundation
Tuesday August 16, 2016
The Griffin family and their company W.P Griffin Inc. have made a commitment to the Prince County Hospital Foundation. Siblings John, right; Peter, left; Barb (Griffin-Lewis), second left, and Eleanor (Smallman) and have pledged $9,000 to help their hospital and its patients by supporting the PCH Foundation's annual equipment campaign. In doing so they are paying tribute to their parents Wilfred and Marie Griffin, as well. The family and business have been very supportive of the PCH over the years; the family began donating to the Foundation in 1995. John remarked, "We want to create an ongoing legacy in memory of our parents and we thought the hospital was a great place to do that". The Griffins recently presented the first of three $3000 gifts to Foundation in August.
Most Dependable Employee of the Year Award
Friday July 29, 2016
On July 29th, 2016 the W.P. Griffin hosted their annual staff BBQ season end party at Bloomfield park. John & Peter Griffin presented Mike Hagan with the award for 'The Most Dependable Employee of Year Award'. 'Toss the Ring' was played and door prizes were given out. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Sausages and baked potatoes were served.
Griffin recognized by Atlantic Business Magazine
Thursday May 12, 2016
The Atlantic Business Magazine has named Elmsdale potato grower, packer and shipper, John Griffin its 2016 Innovator of the Year. Griffin is president and general manager of W.P. Griffin Inc. The family-owned business, started by his father, Wilfred P. Griffin, nearly 70 years ago, has grown by light years in the past decade and a half. Since 2001 the business has been in the hands of Wilfred's sons, with John running the business end of the operation and Peter, the vice-president, in charge of on-farm operations. Both owners grew up around the farm operation and have been actively involved since their teens. John has been in charge of the financial side of the operation since graduating university with a business degree in 1988. The brothers have steadily added consumer-friendly, value-added features to their operation while attracting new customers. The company was named the Erns & Young Atlantic Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012, and John Griffin has been named an Atlantic Canada Top 50 CEO each of the past four years.