Andrew Chechalk is a 4-H Ontario Member who will be embarking on a great adventure this summer! He’s traveling to South Korea through the W. Garfield Weston Foundation 4-H International Exchange. Andrew graciously offered to share his 4-H exchange story on 4-H Folklore. Before Andrew goes on this incredible journey, he wanted to introduce himself to the Folklore readers and share a little bit of his personal 4-H story. Read on to learn more about Andrew, and look for his W. Garfield Weston Foundation 4-H International Exchange blog post this August. _____________________________________________________________________________ My name is Andrew Chechalk and I am one of this year’s delegates selected to travel with the W. Garfield Weston Foundation 4-H International Exchange. I have been asked to write about my time in South Korea and thought I would introduce myself first.

Andrew Chechalk

Andrew Chechalk, a Niagara 4-H Member

I have been a Member of Niagara 4-H for 10 years now and have completed 56 Clubs, everything from cooking, sewing, knitting, ploughing to goat, sheep and beef. I always say to my friends I could survive so well as someone from 1800’s with the skills I have learned. I have won many awards from the Ontario Ploughmans Award for Top Agriculture Member to the Top Showman in Niagara (twice once for each of my brothers, who never won it). Outside of 4-H I am currently at Lakehead University in my second year studying Business with a major in Accounting. My entire family is part of 4-H Niagara in some sort. My father is the President, my mom is a 25 year Volunteer, both of my brothers have graduated and are now Leaders and my little sister is in her third year of 4-H. People always tell my mother that her house is so fun and crazy because of how often we are doing 4-H activities.

Andrew and family

Andrew and his family. From left to right is Jon, Josh, Andrew, Ann Marie, Mike and Katie Chechalk.

Of all things I have done in 4-H, the W. Garfield Weston Foundation 4-H International Exchange will truly be the crowning moment. I was selected as one of a few lucky Members across Canada to travel to different parts of the world. I am really looking forward to this trip and I will be jetting off on July 3rd, 2012!