4-H briefs

Farm safety

Saskatchewan 4-Hers can pre-register for free sessions on farm safety at the Ag in Motion outdoor farm show near Saskatoon July 21.

During the program, participants from ages nine to 14 will work through interactive farm safety stations on electrical safety (SaskPower, CASA & SAASE), PlaySafe everyday danger (War Amps), power take-off shaft/auger safety (Saskatchewan Safety Council), grain entrapment (CCHSA) and fire safety (Saskatchewan Safety Council and Saskatchewan Construction Association).

Study

Evaluating the 4H Experience: A One-Year Longitudinal Study of Youth, commissioned by 4-H Canada and conducted by Anne Bowker and Patrick Hill at Carleton University, will assess participants’ experiences and the program’s impact on positive youth development.

Young people will complete online questionnaires about their extracurricular activities, perceptions about 4-H, their level of engagement, opportunities for leadership and skills development.

The first part of the voluntary study will take place between May and September, with a second survey in May, 2017.

Honorary member

Rob Black became an honorary member of 4-H Canada during the group’s annual conference in Calgary this month.

The former 4-Her was the executive director of 4-H Ontario in addition to serving as a director, president and chief executive officer for 4-H Canada and national chair for the group’s centennial in 2013.

He has received accolades that include the outstanding leadership program director from the International Associations of Programs of Agriculture Leaders, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Amethyst Awards from the Ontario Public Service.

Leadership award

Ontario’s Wayne MacDonald is the 2015 National 4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year.

He was recoginzed for his club and community involvement in addition to how much the members have learned and developed as a result of his leadership.

He served as a 4-H leader in northern Ontario for almost three decades and has been involved with the Sudbury Clever Clovers for 14 years.

Board of directors

The 2016-17 4-H Canada board of directors, affirmed during the national group’s annual meeting this month, includes president Donna Bridge, vice-president David Hovell and past-president Valerie Pearson as well as directors Stan Figley, Blain Hjertaas, Leanne Sprung, Lyndon Stewart and Valerie Stone.

The Canadian 4-H Foundation’s board of trustees includes chair Randy Mowat, vice-chair Brad Adams, past-chair Kim McConnell and trustees Morley Handford, Todd Klink, John MacDonald and Stefanie Nagelschmitz.

Delegates heard at the meeting that Farm Credit Canada funding of $250,000 to 4-H Canada has been extended until 2019 to support operations at the national, provincial and club level through the FCC 4-H Club Fund. It includes support for Canada’s Agriculture Day, slated for Feb. 16.

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