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 

My Ambassador Journey My name is Tamara Hamilton and I have been given the opportunity this year to represent 4-H Ontario as an Ambassador. From the start of my 4-H career I knew that this was an organization that I wanted to be a part of for many years to come! From showing cows to scrapbooking or even baking, 4-H offers so much to anyone including building our teamwork ability, social skills, and leadership. Over the eight years now that I have been a part of 4-H, it has given me so much. But these things haven’t just been handed out to me. That is the power of 4-H. You see 4-H has built on to my personality and has actually opened me up more to becoming who I feel I was intended to be. I have developed leadership, enthusiasm, communication, and teamwork skills from not just every meeting I participate in, but also every camp I have attended where I have met friends all over Ontario that I am happy to say that I will have for life! Throughout these years I have wanted to give back to all that 4-H has given me and I wanted to show more people what this organization is all about and what better way to do that then to apply to be an Ambassador. As an Ambassador, you get to travel across the area to promote 4-H to youth, volunteers, and even adults! At first I didn’t think I would get the position as I was up against many older members, but arriving at Guelph for the interview I just took a deep breath and presented to the best of my ability and the judges loved it! Now six months later I find myself attending many events all over the place! I have been able to attend county meetings, volunteer symposiums, and recently got to go to a event at Anderson Links where many different sponsors came out for a good day at the golf course. I was able to meet up with many people from all around our district and see how they contribute to making 4-H great! Being an Ambassador has given me the ability to realize that 4-H is run off the community as it is a non-profit organization. It’s the people that wish to do the same as I do – give back, that keep each and every event running. I still remember the first meeting I ever went to and how much excitement it brought and I can only wish for any individual of any age to see how they do can get involved as at any age the value of Head, Heart , Hands, and Health for the better for our club, community and even country are always important.