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4-H Ontario Announces 2016 Youth Ambassadors

(Posted March 11, 2016)

4-H Ontario Announces 2016 Youth Ambassadors

ROCKWOOD, ON (March 11, 2016) – 4-H Ontario has announced the selection of the six new Ambassadors who will represent the organization across the province in 2016.

Vicki Brisson, Laura DeKlein, Logan Emiry, Julie French, Sadie-Jane Hickson and Elaine Jeffs were chosen by a panel of judges at the 4-H Ontario head office in Rockwood. The judging panel comprised a 4-H Ontario volunteer and staff member, as well as a representative of GROWMARK, Inc., which sponsors the 4-H Ontario Ambassador program.

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. They attend 4-H Ontario events across the province, as well as representing the organization at community events to promote the program.

“The 4-H Ontario Ambassadors are an integral part to the promotion of 4-H to current and potential volunteers, members and stakeholders by representing the program across the province,” says Marianne Fallis, Senior Manager, Programming, 4-H Ontario. “This year’s new team of Ambassadors will carry on the tradition of exceptional youth who are passionate about sharing the many experiences and opportunities the 4-H Ontario program has to offer.”

In photo left-right: Sadie-Jane, Laura, Vicki, Julie, Logan & Elaine. 

Read on for a listing and bio of the 2016 Ambassadors.

Vicki Brisson

Vicki is a 4-H member in the Russell 4-H Association. She has completed over 24 projects during her six-year tenure as a 4-H member and is active in her club executive positions as president, news reporter and youth director. She has attended numerous camps and is a recipient of the Bertram and Hazel Stewart 4-H Dairy Youth Education Award & Bursary, the Jack James Memorial Award for outstanding leadership in Russell County and the Russell Carleton Spirit of 4-H Award. When asked why she is proud to be a 4-H member, Vicki had this to say. “Through the years 4-H has made me a well-rounded individual. It is an inclusive organization that provides youth with essential life-skills, strong values and life-long friendships. I have gained leadership and communication skills and created a strong and reliable network, which has helped and supported me in many aspects of my life.”

Laura DeKlein

From Middlesex 4-H Association, Laura has been a member for eight years and has completed 28 projects. Laura’s involvement has been plentiful both within and outside of the club level attending many camps and opportunities. She was on the student council of her high school serving as the Minister of Social Affairs and has been awarded the Middlesex Federation of Agriculture Scholarship and the South-Western Ontario Women’s Institute Scholarship. Laura is currently studying at the University of Guelph and has been elected to her class executive as the communications rep. When Laura was asked why she wanted to be a 4-H Ambassador, she said, “I will be able to use the skills gained within my community 4-H program and expand them in local, regional and provincial areas. This program will allow me to share my skills in order to improve and develop positively.”

Logan Emiry

Logan comes to the Ambassador program from Sudbury District 4-H Association and is the first Ambassador to represent Region 1 in the program’s existence. He has completed over 45 projects in his seven years as a 4-H member. Logan has held many executive positions within the club, has attended several 4-H camps and opportunities and received many recognitions such as the Ontario Plowmen’s Association Outstanding 4-H Agricultural Member award, Principal’s Award for Leadership, Junior Athlete of the Year, Public Speaking Champion and is his school’s Prime Minister of Student Parliament. Logan says that, “4-H is truly the best youth development program in existence. The opportunities that 4-H provides for its members are limitless. Through 4-H’s programming, members are bound to come away from 4-H remembering it as a positive program.”

Julie French

Julie French is a member in the Peel 4-H Association and has completed over 54 projects during her seven-year tenure. Julie’s involvement in 4-H hasn’t stopped at the club level as she has attended provincial opportunities and was a facilitator for Youth Adventure Camp last summer. Julie has numerous accomplishments including the Press Reporter Award, Kiwanis Club Scholarship Award, Kiwanis Club Citizenship Award, AVP Cross Country Running, Rotary Club of Palgrave Memorial Leadership Bursary Award and Peel Federation of Agriculture Scholarship Award. She is studying at the University of Guelph and is the secretary on her class executive. When asked why she wanted to be an ambassador, Julie said this. “I hope to use the skills I have developed thus far in 4-H and expand them. I would bring valuable public speaking skills, confidence, motivation, a high degree of honesty and integrity to the Ambassador team.”

Sadie-Jane Hickson

As a member of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton 4-H Association, Sadie-Jane brings seven years of 4-H experience in a variety of clubs having completed 32 projects. Sadie-Jane has chosen to attend both provincial and national 4-H events and has received the Ruth Long Memorial Secretary Award, Gay Lea 4-H Award of Achievement, Most Enthusiastic Poultry Member, Lady Baden Powell Leadership Award, and Lindsay Lynx Most Sportsmanlike Player. Along with 4-H, Sadie-Jane is involved in rep girls hockey and soccer, the track club, the student tutor program and athletic union vice president. “I would love the chance to give back to the 4-H community for the amazing memories it has given me. I think being an Ambassador would be a great experience and help me to meet more 4-H’ers from across Ontario,” she said when asked why she wanted to be an Ambassador.

Elaine Jeffs

Elaine is a 4-H member in the Northumberland 4-H Association. In her seven-year tenure, Elaine has completed over 25 projects. She has been active outside of her 4-H club attending many provincial events. Elaine’s accomplishments are many within and outside 4-H. She has many top member awards within her clubs, is on the Social Justice League and Youth Advisor Council at her school and she participates in Relay For Life, the Halloween For Hunger food drive and is a program assistant and coach for Campbellford and Stirling figure skating clubs. When asked what makes her proud to be a 4-H member Elaine said, “I have grown to realize and appreciate the impact that the 4-H program can have on a person’s life. I have experience first-hand how the spirit of 4-H can make you brave enough to talk to someone new and learn how to see challenges as opportunities.”

These six new 4-H Ontario ambassadors came together over the weekend of February 26-28 for the official Ambassador Reception and training and orientation weekend. They will now begin their roles as Ambassadors for 2016 representing the organization throughout the province.

To book a 4-H Ontario Ambassador for your event please complete the request form online at: www.4-hontario.ca/media/book-ambassador.aspx.

About 4-H Ontario

4-H Ontario is a grassroots organization of leaders building leaders. At 4-H, participants, youth aged 6–21; and screened, trained volunteer leaders come together to create a 4-H club and learn about a selected topic through hands-on activities and mentorship. There are also a variety of camp and conference opportunities. Through the 4-H experience, members learn to do by doing and build valuable skills that will help them reach their full potential to become conscious, contributing citizens.

About the 4-H Ontario Ambassador Program Sponsors:

GROWMARK Inc. and UPI Energy LP have been sponsors of the 4-H Ontario Ambassador Program right from the inception of the program in 2005.

GROWMARK is a regional co-operative that provides agriculture-related products and services to farmers and rural residents in Ontario and the United States through local FS branded member co-operatives and by GROWMARK subsidiaries. FS branded and related products and services include crop inputs, crop protection, seed, grain marketing, energy products and services, feed and animal health as well a variety of consumer related products for farm and home in many local communities throughout rural Ontario and the United States. Visit: www.growmark.com or www.fssystem.com.

UPI Energy LP is a fully independent province-wide marketer of gasolines, diesel fuels, propane, lubricants and related energy services throughout rural Ontario. UPI Energy is broadly recognized for being a leader in bringing ethanol blended fuels and biodiesel products to Ontario’s rural communities. Based in Guelph, UPI Energy provides nearly half a billion litres of fuel to thousands of customers throughout Ontario each year.  Visit www.upienergylp.com.



For more information please contact:

Ryan Métivier, Coordinator, Communications, 4-H Ontario

519.856.0992 x465, digital@4-hontario.ca


Lisa de Kleer, Manager, Communications, 4-H Ontario

519.856.0992 x462, communications@4-hontario.ca

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