Eraina Grootenboer

Where did you grow up? 

Dresden, ON.

What was your first job? 

Corn Detasseling.

What is your favourite Chatham-Kent memory? 

Playing broomball for Red Feather (United Way’s major fundraiser, focused on high school student participation).

What is your favourite season? 

Summer. I love going to Chatham-Kent’s beaches and sitting on patios, enjoying a meal.

Who was your local inspiration/role model? 

Everyone in my life was positive and encouraging.

What did you do after high school? 

Attended Redeemer University College in Ancaster, ON. After graduating, I travelled Europe, moved to Alberta and worked as an editor there until I married.

What are you doing now? 

Helping my husband run an organic farm and raising our three children in Dresden, ON.

Why did you come back to Chatham-Kent? 

Coming back made it possible for my husband to change careers from being an engineer to a farmer. The land near Edmonton was too expensive, there was a piece of organic land for sale in Dresden, and the climate is wonderful for growing a large variety of things. My family is also here and I like that our children can grow up with family close by.

Why live in Chatham-Kent?

  • It’s close to the Great Lakes

  • Dresden is a great town in which to raise a family

  • I enjoy the warmer climate, with less snow