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. Throughout 2014, each of 4-H Ontario’s six Ambassadors will submit blog entries about their experiences in the program. The 4-H Ontario Ambassador program is proudly sponsored by GROWMARK, Inc. and UPI Energy LP. For more info on the Ambassador program click here. To book an Ambassador for you event please complete the request form. Submitted by Tamara Hamilton, 4-H Ontario Ambassador, Russell 4-H Association Hi everyone! My name is Tamara Hamilton and I am from Russell County. I have been an enthusiastic 4-H member for seven amazing years now. 4-H has given me so many life changing experiences from developing my leadership skills to teaching me the importance about taking risks. What better way to take both of those and to harness them then becoming a 4-H Ambassador. Doing so also gives back to all that 4-H has given me. I have only been a 4-H Ambassador for a few months now and I can say that I am having the time of my life! So far I have only been able to participate in few events including the Ambassador Training Weekend (February 17), personally attending Future Leaders In Action (March 9-12, 2014) and have also participated in the Region 2 open house for Stormont County 4-H (March 29, 2014), but over the coming months am hoping to participate in many more. I may have only taken part in a few events, nevertheless I am still besieged by the amount of passion and enthusiasm that is shown in every activity. Taking a look at the recent event I attended which was the open house for Stormont County 4-H, I couldn’t believe the amount of keenness in today’s youth. Many of them arrived at opening hours and participated in every game and activity that was there for them to do. The new members returning would educate them and include them in everything they did, ultimately making them feel united into the 4-H family. It was an incredibly rewarding experience. To see photos from this event visit the Stormont 4-H Facebook page here. To date, being an ambassador has enabled me to share and express my passion for 4-H with the public and I know from what I’ve seen it has been contagious. It is the very leadership and collaboration skills that are a huge asset to my life ingrained into my personality. I can’t wait to continue to participate in the rest of my year as an ambassador and continue to meet many people and make many memories!