Ambassador leads other members by example

Calgary’s 4-H on Parade was a silver buckle event for Quinci Jones.


The 17-year-old 4-H member shone at the commercial female show, where she won the supreme champion female with a three-year-old cow with twins at side. 


She went on to receive senior champion showman and the best breeders herd. She also had a reserve champion two-year-old cow with calf at side. 


The Calgary achievement day is Canada’s largest 4-H event with cattle, sheep, horse, dog and life skills projects. 


Jones’s home base is the Olds Multi 4-H club in Olds, Alta., where she is the only beef project member. Her family farms in the area, raising commercial cattle. 


“I love being in the ring because it is my favourite thing to do. The preparation is stressful,” she said after her wins at the show May 30. 


4-H is just one part of her life — she is also a musician and rugby player and plays AAA Midget hockey in Red Deer — but she has made a name for herself through the organization.


Jones is a key member of her club and was named a 4-H ambassador earlier in May. 


As a key member, she acts as a liaison between clubs, leaders and the community. 


She is also called on to work with younger members and teach them skills as they are introduced to the world of 4-H. 


Ambassadors are senior members who have demonstrated leadership skills and are often called on to work at a regional and provincial level as well as work with other members. 


They are also called on to promote 4-H. In her role as ambassador, she was selected to attend the national 4-H conference held in Washington, D.C., next year.