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4-H Ontario Announces 2017 Youth Ambassadors

(Posted March 1, 2017)

ROCKWOOD, ON (March 1, 2017) – 4-H Ontario has announced the selection of the six new 4-H Ontario Ambassadors who will represent the organization across the province in 2017.

Shannon Desjardins, Lyndsay Dickson, Nicole French, Robert McKinlay, Sarah Mutton and Sierra Stanley were chosen by a panel of judges at the 4-H Ontario head office in Rockwood. The judging panel comprised a 4-H Ontario volunteer and staff member, as well as a representative of UPI Energy, who co-sponsors the 4-H Ontario Ambassador program, along with GROWMARK, Inc.

The 4-H Ontario Ambassador program provides youth with advanced level training in leadership, citizenship, communications and public relations. Ambassadors put their energy and 4-H experiences to work recruiting new members and sharing the 4-H story. They attend 4-H Ontario events across the province, as well as representing the organization at community events to promote the program.

“The 4-H Ontario Ambassadors are an integral part to the promotion of 4-H to current and potential volunteers, members and stakeholders by representing the program across the province,” says Marianne Fallis, Senior Manager, Programming, 4-H Ontario. “This year’s new team of Ambassadors will carry on the tradition of exceptional youth who are passionate about sharing the many experiences and opportunities the 4-H Ontario program has to offer.”

Read on for a listing and biographies of the 2017 Ambassadors.

Shannon Desjardins

Coming from Prince Edward 4-H Association in Region 3, Shannon has been a 4-H member for 11 years and completed more than 112 projects. During her tenure, Shannon has attended various 4-H opportunities at the local, regional and provincial level. Shannon said she wanted to be an Ambassador because she has watched her local 4-H friends go through the program and grow even further with 4-H.

Lyndsay Dickson

Lyndsay joins the team from Leeds 4-H Association in Region 2. She has been a member for five years and has completed over 27 projects during her tenure. Lyndsay has been the recipient of many awards for her judging skills and accomplishments as a dairy showperson. Lyndsay shared that she is proud to be a 4-H’er because of the lifelong friendships, memories and experiences that 4-H has provided her.

Nicole French

Joining the Ambassador team from Peel 4-H Association in Region 4, Nicole has been a 4-H member for seven years completing over 54 projects. Nicole has also participated in various 4-H opportunities including Go For The Gold and Youth Adventure Camp. Nicole’s reference shared that, Nicole is an individual that models true positive character.

Robert McKinlay

Robert joins the Ambassador Program from the Grey 4-H Association in Region 5. He has been a 4-H member for eight years completing over 33 projects during which, he has been involved in lawn tractor pulling, various livestock clubs and more. Rob’s reference shared that he is a thoughtful and inspirational leader who understands the importance of contributing to his community.

Sarah Mutton

Sarah hails from the Parry Sound 4-H Association in Region 1. She has been a 4-H member of seven years and completed over 25 projects as well as many camp and conference opportunities. Sarah’s reference says Sarah is well liked and respected by the other club members and provides an excellent role model for all the young people in their club.

Sierra Stanley

Sierra comes to the Ambassador program from the Carleton 4-H Association in Region 2. Having been a member for six years, Sierra has completed over 16 projects and attended Provincial 4-H Leadership Camp. Sierra’s reference says she someone who is always polite and helpful towards others, works hard to plan ahead and is always prepared for what’s needed.

The official 4-H Ontario announcement of the incoming Ambassadors occurred last weekend at the Ambassador Reception in Guelph. The new Ambassadors will now begin their roles for 2017 representing the organization across the province.

To book a 4-H Ontario Ambassador for your event please complete the request form online at: www.4-hontario.ca/media/book-ambassador.aspx.


Caption from left to right: Janice Johnson, Ontario Region Marketing & Communication Specialist, GROWMARK, Sierra Stanley, Lyndsay Dickson, Sarah Mutton, Robert McKinlay, Shannon Desjardins, Nicole French, Dianne Kennedy, Co-ordinator, Regulations and Compliance, UPI Energy.


About 4-H Ontario

4-H Ontario is a non-profit positive youth development organization that builds youth as leaders within their communities and assets to the world. With roots in rural Ontario, today it is open to youth of all backgrounds across the province. 4-H youth ages 6–21 and screened, engaged volunteer leaders come together to learn about selected topics through fun hands-on activities and mentorship. There are also provincial camps, conferences, competitions and national and international travel opportunities available to further develop skills in leadership, business, self-confidence and more. 4-H provides youth with a place they can be involved, accepted, valued and heard while developing valuable skills for leadership and life.

About the 4-H Ontario Ambassador Program Sponsors:

GROWMARK Inc. and UPI Energy have been sponsors of the 4-H Ontario Ambassador Program right from the inception of the program in 2005.

GROWMARK is a regional co-operative that provides agriculture-related products and services to farmers and rural residents in Ontario and the United States through local FS branded member co-operatives and by GROWMARK subsidiaries. FS branded and related products and services include crop inputs, crop protection, seed, grain marketing, energy products and services, feed and animal health as well a variety of consumer related products for farm, home and garden, through its many retail stores in local communities throughout rural Ontario. From its Ontario headquarters in Kitchener, GROWMARK supplies and serves over 70 FS branded locations, that in turn represent close to 90,000 rural customers. Visit: www.growmark.com or www.fssystem.com.

UPI Energy is an independent province-wide marketer of gasolines, diesel fuels, propane and related energy products and services throughout rural Ontario. UPI Energy is broadly recognized for being a leader in bringing specialty products, such as Dieselex Gold® and DEF to Ontario’s rural communities. Based in Guelph, UPI Energy provides more than a billion litres of fuel to thousands of customers throughout Ontario each year. Follow us Twitter @UPIEnergy.




For more information please contact:

Ryan Métivier, Coordinator, Communications, 4-H Ontario

519.856.0992 x465, digital@4-hontario.ca


Lisa de Kleer, Manager, Communications, 4-H Ontario

519.856.0992 x462, communications@4-hontario.ca

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