EDMONTON — Like father, like son.
Charlie Gould has followed his father, Stan, into the Alberta 4-H Hall of Fame.
Charlie Gould was inducted into the Alberta 4-H Hall of Fame Oct. 5 after 42 years as a member and leader of the Rosalind Beef Club. His father, Stan, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.
Gould decided it was time to step down as leader when he started leading the children of former members.
He said he enjoyed seeing members grow from shy children, who could barely speak in front of an audience, to accomplished public speakers and livestock stockmen.
“I’ve always tried to emphasize personal growth,” he said.
“I’ve always had great support from members and parents over the years. It’s my way of giving back, although I didn’t plan on being there for 35 years.”
Gould said he enjoys hearing stories from members who return to the club from winter camps, provincial shows and international exchanges.
“I love it when they come home and see their expressions and enthusiasm.”
Gould is also a member of the Canadian Bull Congress, where he organizes the 4-H judging event, and is a volunteer with the agricultural society, Elks club, church and volunteer fire department.
Despite a dwindling rural population Gould believes newly developed projects focusing on urban youth will keep the program strong.