4-H Ontario

2017 Message from the President

As I sit here today and try and bring together into a few words a recap of the year of 4-H in Ontario in 2017, it is a very difficult task and that is a testament to the greatness of the 4-H program in Ontario.
There were so many opportunities for both our Members and our Volunteers to show off their 4-H colours and live the 4-H motto “Learn to Do By Doing”, and in living the motto, 4-H in Ontario has reached a greater audience than it has in quite some time. With the continued support from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, we are able to build partnerships and awareness of 4-H in different areas of government and all different parts of Ontario.
 
The Board of Directors worked diligently to ensure that the financial aspects of 4-H Ontario are sound and once again in 2017 we came out with a positive balance. The Board continued to be the visionaries creating those high level goals that give the Executive Director the guidance to guide her staff to put on the program we all see at the grass roots level.
 
A few personal highlights for me was the opportunity I had to meet Prince Charles and Camilla at an event in Prince Edward County. The contacts I’ve made in this province will last a lifetime and they are something I will be able to draw on in other aspects of my life.
 
In closing, as I come to a close of my term as President I want to remind everyone that there is no “I” in team and that the reason 4-H is what it is today is because of you, the Volunteers of 4-H. Whether you’re at home leading and teaching young people about sheep, or you’re at Leadership Camp instilling your knowledge on young leaders, remember we are all in this program for one reason and that is to make sure it is around for another 100 years and beyond. From where I sit, I think it’s in good hands.
 
Brad Found, Ontario 4-H Council President