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4-H Ontario Announces 2018 Youth Ambassadors

(Posted February 5, 2018)

ROCKWOOD, ON (February 5, 2018) – 4-H Ontario is proud to announce the selection of the six new Ambassadors who will represent the organization across the province in 2018. This year’s Ambassadors will include: Mélissa Brisson (Russell), Devin Catt (Elgin), Andrea Dohner (Elgin), Nicole French (Peel), Evan Jenkins (Elgin) and Kyle Nussey (Oxford).

The 4-H Ontario Ambassador program is sponsored by FS. Since the program’s inception in 2005, the Ontario GROWMARK System in Ontario including UPI Energy FS and FS Co-operatives have provided Ambassadors with this experience through sponsorship of the 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.

“I am very excited to see what all the 2018 Ambassadors will do this year. They are a talented group that is well spoken and extremely knowledgeable about 4-H,” says Andy McTaggart, Manager, Programming, 4-H Ontario. “4-H would also like to thank the 2017 Ambassadors for their hard work and hours of dedication.”

Read on for a listing and bio of the 2018 Ambassadors.

Mélissa Brisson

Mélissa has completed over 30 clubs already in 4-H. She is currently in her first year at the University of Guelph. Mélissa is active in her community outside of 4-H completing over 400 hours of volunteering in just the last few years. She hopes to showcase the fun of “Learn To Do By Doing.”

Devin Catt

Devin is a past participant of Provincial Leadership Camp and the TD Classic. Devin is currently at Guelph University studying Mechanical engineering in his second year. Devin is proud to be a 4-H member because of the positive impact 4-H has on every community.

Andrea Dohner

Andrea is in her eighth year as part of the 4-H program and has completed a wide range of projects such as Digital Photography and Dairy. She has also taken part in the Rural Ontario Summit and Future Leaders In Action. Andrea is looking forward to sharing her 4-H success story to inspire others to join the 4-H program.

Nicole French

Nicole has completed 64 clubs in her eight-year history of 4-H including local and regional public speaking competitions. Nicole is studying kinesiology at Brock University and hopes to inspire others to join 4-H and “Learn To Do By Doing.”

Evan Jenkins

Evan is in his ninth year of 4-H and was a Youth Rep for Ontario at the 2017 Global 4-H Summit. Evan is working towards his Diploma in Horticulture at Ridgetown. He is hoping to engage people outside of 4-H to talk to them about what the program has done for him.

Kyle Nussey

Kyle has completed 20 clubs in his seven years in the 4-H program. Kyle has also volunteered for many local celebrations as a 4-H member to help spread 4-H news. This included hosting Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor at the Oxford Awards Night. He is hoping to continue his development of leadership and communication skills.

The 2018 Ambassadors will be officially announced at this year’s Ambassador Reception taking place on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre. Tickets are available online here

To book a 4-H Ontario Ambassador for your event please complete the request form online here.


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.

About FS:

FS 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, home and garden, through its more than 70 sites throughout rural Ontario. Visit: www.growmark.com or www.fssystem.com.




For more information please contact:

Ryan Métivier, Manager, Communications, 4-H Ontario

519.856.0992 x465, digital@4-hontario.ca


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