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4-H Ontario

Meet the President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheryl Sullivan

President, Ontario 4-H Council Board of Directors

Cheryl Sullivan has worn many hats throughout her time in 4-H, as a member, volunteer, leader and board member. She was a 4-H member in the Huron 4-H Association for eight years where she participated in many agricultural and homemaking projects and then became a 4-H leader. In 2010, Sullivan began volunteering in the Carleton 4-H Association where she has led the Dairy Club, Field Crops Club and many life skills clubs.

“4-H is an amazing program that has given me so much opportunity as a member and as a leader. This includes opportunities to improve my public speaking, critical thinking skills and parliamentary procedure, as well as the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people across the province and the country. I am honoured to serve the youth in this province, and I offer my commitment to service in the spirit of 4-H and to continue to advocate for the 4-H program,” says Sullivan.

Sullivan has been the Association Representative for the Carleton 4-H Association for six years and has served on the Ontario 4-H Council Board of Directors for five years, of which she has been the Vice President for three years. Outside of 4-H, Sullivan has also volunteered with many other organizations including the Ottawa Valley Farm Show, Girl Guides, Scouts Canada, Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies, Metcalfe Agricultural Society, Osgoode Rideau and Ottawa South United Soccer Association, Metcalfe Minor Hockey Association, Metcalfe Ringette Association, Federated Women’s Institute (WI) of Ontario, Osgoode Township Museum, Osgoode Township High School, Kenmore United Church Women, and the St. James United Church.

She is looking forward to working with the 4-H Ontario Executive Director, staff and Board of Directors. “4-H has a strong, adaptable team behind it, who have a passion and commitment that is evident in their quick actions to initiate online programming, to keep the program on its feet during the past few months. The Board of Directors comes from all parts of the province and brings with them a wide skillset to help steer policy direction for the organization. The resiliency, dedication and determination of 4-H volunteers in their willingness to step away from traditional programming delivery to virtual or other alternate means, has been phenomenal. It will be important to keep the lines of communication between volunteers, board and staff open, so we can share ideas, successes and misadventures, as we all continue to ‘Learn to Do by Doing’,” says Sullivan.