GUELPH, ONT. (November 23, 2023) – Mary B. of the Wellington 4-H Association and Sarah D. of the Carleton 4-H Association are the recipients of this year’s David Perrin Memorial Awards and accompanying $1,500 scholarships. The David Perrin Memorial Award was established by the Perrin family in honour of David Perrin’s life and his love for agriculture. 

Each year, two scholarships in the amount of $1,500 are awarded to an individual pursuing post-secondary studies who has an interest in agriculture and farm safety. One scholarship is awarded in September and one scholarship is awarded in January. The recipient of the September 2023 scholarship is Mary B.

Here is what Mary had to say: “4-H has helped me become the person I am today. I have learned many skills such as handling livestock, nutrition, healthy living, communications and leadership. I have also made amazing friends and connections across the country that have helped me along the way.

Most importantly I have learned responsibility, dedication and a love for agriculture. Being a part of 4-H has also given me access and awareness of generous scholarships like this one, which will greatly assist with my education.”

Mary is currently in her first year of a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Agriculture at the University of Guelph and looks forward to graduating in 2027. Says Mary: “After my undergraduate degree, I am planning to either go into vet school or do a Master’s degree in pathology. I hope to work in the future in the area of food animal health.

Mary began her 4-H journey when she was nine, and over the years has completed almost 70 clubs, including dairy, Go for the Gold, veterinary club, and cooking.

She adds: “I have also participated in numerous 4-H Ontario and 4-H Canada opportunities, including Youth Adventure Camp, Future Leaders in Action, Career Mania (now the Impact Conference), National Member’s Forum, a 4-H Exchange to Saskatchewan, and a 4-H Exchange to Ireland this coming spring.”

Mary’s other achievements include:

  • Top Novice Member in 2015
  • Invitation to compete at the TD Royal 4-H Dairy Classic (twice)
  • Member of the 2022 Provincial Champion Go For The Gold team
  • Being a Youth Leader in 2023

To be considered for the David Perrin Memorial Award, applicants must be pursuing post-secondary education, currently or previously been a 4-H participant and have an interest in agriculture and farm safety. To apply, applicants complete an application form, provide references and submit a 500-word essay about farm safety.  

“Congratulations to both Mary and Sarah on being awarded the David Perrin Memorial Award this year. On behalf of the Foundation, it has been a pleasure to work with the Perrin family on this fund in memory of David,” says Naomi Lutes, Chair, Ontario 4-H Foundation.  

Please watch the 4-H website in the new year for information on the second recipient, Sarah D. of the Carleton 4-H Association.


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:

Mary Haurilak, Manager Communications, 4-H Ontario