GUELPH, ONT. (Nov. 23, 2022) – Rhett Terpstra of the Perth 4-H Association was awarded the 2022 Justin Parish Memorial Bursary at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto on November 8. The Bursary was established by the Parish family in honour of Justin Parish’s dream of attending the Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic Show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The recipient receives a $1,000 in support of attending the Classic Show as a team member, fitter or herdsperson.
“A well-deserved winner with a bright future. His passion for the dairy industry and the drive to succeed proves the importance of the 4-H program and the opportunities that it can provide. Congratulations from the Parish Family,” says Ryan Parish, brother of Justin Parish.
Rhett began his 4-H journey in 2017 in the Mitchell 4-H Dairy club. Growing up on a beef and grain farm, Rhett joined 4-H to learn about dairy farming and his passion for dairy cattle only grew from there. “Having never previously attended the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Rhett is very excited to be competing in the 2022 TD Canadian 4H Dairy Classic. His passion for showing dairy calves and his enthusiasm for dairy farming make Rhett Terpstra worthy of honouring Justin’s memory,” says Rick, 4-H leader.
To be considered for the Justin Parish Memorial Bursary, applicants must be a 4-H participant in good standing who shows dedication to agriculture and interest in attending the Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic Show but attended the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair as a participant or attendee.
“The Ontario 4-H Foundation would like to thank the Parrish family for establishing this award in memory of Justin,” says John den Haan, Past Chair, Ontario 4-H Foundation.
4-H dairy club leaders submit a nomination letter to recommend a 4-H participant for the award. Each year the committee selects one recipient who is presented their award during the TD Canadian Dairy 4-H Classic held at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
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.
For more information please contact:
Laura Goulding, Manager, Communications, 4-H Ontario