Get Getty for your next event. She’ll share her passion for connecting people to their food, their natural environment or their community. Her presentations and writing focus on hands on tasks like growing, harvesting, preparing or sharing local food to more thought provoking ideas like how we can help shape the kind of world we want to live in.
To see a glimpse of her passion and commitment, watch her Be Well Story produced by the Manitoba Canola Growers.
Getty is an energetic, enthusiastic communicator and initiator with a deep commitment to family, community and nature. She is driven by her belief that we need to take care of each other and build the kind of world we want to live in. She spends her time doing exactly that.
When not actively working on various projects or events, she’s either writing, blogging or speaking about them.
She is a:
For many years Getty taught Effective Business Writing and Proposal Writing to others. Her previous written work has included workbooks and reference manuals. Her Writing Winning Proposals manual was even translated into Ukrainian and used by the Manitoba government in an education and training mission in the Ukraine.
In April 2012, Getty launched her first book – The Prairie Fruit Cookbook: The Essential Guide for Picking, Preserving and Preparing Fruit. In it she shares her stories, passion and recipes about prairie fruit in her typical “easy, practical and enjoyable style”.
Getty is an initiator. She takes action when needed and has the ability to inspire and engage others to participate. One never knows what project or event she’ll lead next, but there is sure to be one.
A member of the Manitoba Food Bloggers, Getty journals her recipes, tips, ideas, experiences and experiments on a gardening blog she calls Veggie Delight.
Getty spends part of her summer as Camp Naturalist at Camp Wasaga with her kids. She leads nature hikes for adults with a focus on identifying native plants – particularly edibles! She’ll even make a few special treats like Stinging Nettle Tea or Dandelion fritters.
Proud but Silent Business Partner
IBEX Payroll is the world’s best and coolest payroll outsourcing company. Getty is a silent co-owner while her husband, Darryl, leads the Herd. The company genuinely cares about its employees and customers and as a result offers the best service available. The company is making great strides with its “twice as good, half the price” offer to companies across Canada.
Nothing is more important than her family - Darryl, Aidan (11) and Melanie (9)
Training & Qualifications
Bachelor of Human Ecology, U of M, 1991
Professional Home Economist (PHEc)
The PHEc is a designation administered by the Manitoba Association of Home Economists for those with a Degree in Human Ecology and who are committed to a Professional Code of Conduct and Continuing Education. Professional Home Economists are committed to empowering individuals and families with the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a desirable quality of life.
Bachelor of Education, U of M, 1992
Golden Carrot Award for Media Community Food Champion – 2012
Food Matters Manitoba honoured Getty with a Golden Carrot Award for her enthusiastic and engaging efforts to promote local food matters. The nomination recognized Getty for her VeggieDelight gardening blog, her role as promoter and founder of Fruit Share, her dynamic presentations at numerous conferences and events, her promotion of locally grown vegetables through theFarm to School Healthy Choice Fundraiser, her continuous social media presence and her overall passion for engaging people in projects and events that build community and connect people with the earth, their food and their environment.
Spirit of CAPS Manitoba Award – 2012
The Canadian Association of Professional Speakers-Manitoba Chapter awarded Getty the first ever Spirit of CAPS Manitoba Award in June 2012. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Chapter by an individual member. Getty was a founding member of the Chapter. She was the second Chapter President and served a two year term during a period of rapid change and turmoil. She led with grace and calm and was an inspiration to us all. In total she served 5 ½ years on our Board. She was instrumental in the formation of the Chapter and its early successes. She is a shining example of leadership in action.
Oxfam Female Food Hero – 2012
In 2012, Getty was named one of Canada’s Oxfam Female Food Heroes for her passion & commitment to growing, harvesting and sharing local food with family & community. Female Food Heroes are women who are working to build a movement for good food – food that is grown well and shared fairly. Oxfam Canada wants to celebrate and recognize the stories of women who are changing the injustices of the food system and challenging the inequities of the rights of women.
Healthy Living Award – Reh Fit Centre – 2011
Getty was awarded the Healthy Living Award by the Reh Fit Centre Foundation. The award is given to individuals and organizations who promote and encourage healthy living. Getty was honoured for her work with Fruit Share, the Manitoba Farm to School Healthy Choice Fundraiser, her gardening blog and her overall commitment to building a healthy, positive community.
Pursuit Communications – Speaking and Training
From 1997 to 2010 Getty operated her own training and speaking business – Pursuit Communications. She was a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, The Executive Committee (TEC), Manitoba Quality Network (QNET) and Women Business Owners. She became a licenced Myers Briggs Type Indicator facilitator and used this training in speaking and training events that focused on human development skills like: leadership, employee engagement, communication, teambuilding, and work/life balance. She also provided hands on, practical training in business writing, proposal writing and customer service.