2016 4-H Canada Greetings & Sponsor Listing
Congratulations to everyone at 4-H Ontario on another great year of youth programming, engaging opportunities and fun across the province. It was a year of strong leadership excellence, evident in the creation of the 4-H Ontario Strategic Plan for 2016-2018, which 4-H Canada is excited to help support and contribute to through our activities at the national level and through collaboration with 4-H Ontario.
2016 was an exciting year in programming for 4-H Canada. From our Going Global Service Learning pilot project with 4-H Ghana to our the first ever 4-H Canada Science Fair, 4-H Canada is continuing to deliver relevant learning opportunities that reflect the interests of our 24,000 responsible, caring and contributing 4-H youth across Canada.
To measure the impact of the 4-H program on youth members across Canada, we partnered with the Positive Youth Development Lab at Carleton University. In 2016, 4-H youth and alumni were invited to complete the survey as a way to measure the relationship between 4-H participation and positive youth development, particularly in the six areas of developmental assets 4-H Canada measures.
Across the country, 4-H Canada continued to deliver programs to foster leadership excellence, such as Hands-on Science training and the new 4-H Leaders LEARN webinar series. We were also proud to recognize two outstanding 4-H Ontario volunteer leaders during our 2016 4-H Canada Annual General Meeting; Wayne MacDonald who received the 2015 National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award, and Rob Black, Past President of the 4-H Canada Board of Directors, who was honoured with a 4-H Canada Lifetime Honourary Membership.
In 2016, we launched the 4-H program for alumni—Club 1913—at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario. Club1913.ca is an online community for alumni across Canada to come together, re-connect through alumni opportunities and events, celebrate the positive impact of 4-H, and look for ways to continue their 4-H story.
4-H Canada continues to work with our national partners to provide clubs, districts and regions with access to grants and funds that they can use to support their activities. This year, Farm Credit Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and CN all generously supported 4-H in Canada, and we launched the 4-H Connecting Canadians Fund to celebrate Canada 150 in 2017, thanks to our partners Canadian Heritage, TransCanada and McDonald’s Canada.
2017 represents a year of opportunity for 4-H in Canada as we will welcome more than 600 global 4-H youth, professionals and volunteer leaders to Ottawa, Ontario in July for the Global 4-H Network Summit. Through our involvement as a Canada 150 Signature Partner, we will also have the opportunity to share with Canadians the profound and positive impact of 4-H through local celebrations.
We are always looking at how we can support 4-H in the provinces and at the club level by offering access to resources and information on our activities, as well as campaigns and learning tools, and in 2017 we will continue to work with Ontario to make the 4-H movement in Canada stronger than ever!
Chief Executive Officer, 4-H Canada
National Partners of 4-H Canada
That provide funding support to 4-H Ontario
Government of Canada
Farm Credit Canada