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 2018, each of 4-H Ontario’s Ambassadors will submit blog entries about their experiences in the program. The 4-H Ontario Ambassador Program is sponsored by FS. For more info on the Ambassador program click here. To book an Ambassador for your event please complete the request form. Submitted by Lyndsay Dickson, 4-H Ontario Youth Ambassador from Leeds 4-H Association It is hard to believe that 2018 is here already. Where did 2017 go?! 2017 was a year of growth for me. A year that taught me to say “yes” to new adventures, taught me how rewarding experiences can be and taught me how to navigate on my own. January 2017 – I was selected as a 2017 4-H Ontario Ambassador, an experience that has changed my life! February 2017 – We celebrated success, as we were officially welcomed as ambassadors at the 2017 Ambassador Reception. Shannon, Sierra, Nicole, Robert, Sarah, and I gathered with family and friends by our sides in Guelph as we were welcomed as the 4-H Ontario Ambassadors for 2017. March 2017 – I began a social media feed to share my year as an Ambassador. You can find my adventures as a 4-H Ontario Ambassador on Twitter, under the handle @dicksonlyndsay. April 2017 – I attended the 2017 National Holstein Convention in Richmond Hill, Ontario as part of the Young Leaders Program. May 2017 – I moved out! After nearly 20 years of living under my parents’ roof, I found a place to call my own and moved out to start a new adventure of life on my own. June 2017 – My first event as an Ambassador! My first event as a 4-H Ontario Ambassador was the UPI Energy Invitational Golf Tournament. July 2017 – My first 4-H dairy show of the season was a success! My first 4-H dairy show of the season was the EastGen Showcase held in Spencerville. I was lucky enough to walk away with 6th Senior Heifer and Top Quiz. August 2017 – I found out that the first heifer I owned is pregnant and due in March 2018! I have my own prefix with Holstein Canada, Experience Holsteins. I own one heifer, Rockaberry Mogul Experience. I found out that she is expecting her first calf, which is also the first calf to carry the Experience Holsteins name in March 2018! September 2017 – I had the pleasure of visiting Niagara Falls for the first time. Fellow ambassador Sierra Stanley and I visited the beautiful Niagara Falls together following the UPI Energy FS Launch Party. October 2017 – I celebrated my 21st birthday! As all senior 4-H’ers will know; what your 21st birthday really means, is it’s almost the end of their 4-H career! 2018 will mark my final year as a 4-H member. November 2017 – I attended my 5th consecutive TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic as an exhibitor. I had the pleasure of representing the Leeds 4-H Association at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, held in Toronto every November, at the TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic. 2017 was my 5th consecutive year being a member of the Leeds team. December 2017 – I celebrated the holidays with family and friends. I am forever grateful for the amazing opportunity representing 4-H Ontario as an Ambassador for 2017. Thank you FS for this opportunity! Once an Ambassador, Always an Ambassador.