4-H briefs

Branding

4-H updates logo

It’s not polite to turn your back on people, but last week at 4-H Canada’s annual meeting in Fredericton, N.B., that’s exactly what a group of youth did.

They paraded through a full conference room displaying the organization’s new clover logo, the first update in more than 50 years.

Now sporting a maple leaf at its centre, the new logo is part of a re-branding process for the 102-year-old youth development organization involved in teaching skills and building leaders.

New focus

Science fairs take a new direction

In 2016, 4-H members from across the country will join hundreds of provincial science fair winners at the Canada-Wide Science Fair as they compete for more than $1 million in prizes, scholarships and awards.

Starting in 2016, 4-H clubs will have their own competitions to qualify to compete at the science fair.

Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada’s chief executive officer, said the involvement will boost the youth group’s focus on science and technology leadership development.

“It’s a huge area where we can provide a lot of opportunity for young people with science and technology linked to agriculture,” she said “And, it’s relevant with young people right now.”

History

4-H founder honoured

4-H Canada posthumously recognized one of its founders as an honourary member at its annual meeting in Fredericton, N.B., this month.

E. Ward Jones of Roland, Man., an early leader and visionary in western Canadian agriculture, graduated from the Manitoba Agricultural College’s first graduating class.

He worked as a staff lecturer, professor of animal husbandry and director of the extension services.

Jones will also be inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame on Nov. 22 in Regina, Sask. along with Ron DePauw of Swift Current, Sask., Grant Devine of Caronport, Sask., and Anthony von Mandl and Ovila Lebel of Quebec.

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