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Brian Farmer, although often mistaken for a Tyrone man, was born in Clonmore Co. Armagh to the late John & Lena Farmer,

 Brian is one of three brothers, Nishy now living in the Moy Co. Tyrone, and the late Sean who passed away on the 24th of August 1975.  Brian is married to Chris and has two sons (Barry & Darren) a daughter (Shauna) and 7 grand children 

Brian arrived in Canada in 1974 and worked as a salesman representing Powerscreen of Canada, Brian subsequently became President of Powerscreen of Canada, a position he holds until the present day, Brian was awarded the Powerscreen world-wide top ten dealer of the year award at the ConExpo show in Las Vegas in 2004

Soon after his arrival in Canada Brian joined St. Michael’s Hurling & Football club and went on to serve on the executive committee of the club, he also played for, and managed the club for several years.   Brian was elected chairman of the Toronto GAA in 1980, and was instrumental in bringing Gaelic Games to the Skydome in Toronto in 1990 and ’91; he has also worked with the Toronto GAA in the organisation of national teams for the International World Cups of 1998, 2000 and ‘02 in Ireland.

He was a founding member of the Durham Robert Emmets GFC in 1990, and has served as President of the Canadian County Board for the last 22 years; Brian was also the driving force and sponsor of the Powerscreen of Canada 7a side football tournament for over 25 years.

The GAA President’s Awards are made annually to honour excellence through volunteerism across the wide spectrum of Gaelic games and include representatives from all corners of the wider GAA family, as a long standing GAA volunteer, who has served the Association with distinction, Brian was  selected as the Over Seas recipient of this prestigious award, and was presented with the award by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Christy Cooney at a special banquet held in Croke Park on March 16th 2011 

Brian resides in Brooklin, Ontario.