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Cheryl Sullivan Named as New Ontario 4-H Council President

Laura Goulding, 4-H Ontario | (Posted May 13, 2020)

ROCKWOOD, ONT. (May 13, 2020) – The Ontario 4-H Council is pleased to announce that Cheryl Sullivan of the Carleton 4-H Association has been elected as the new Ontario 4-H Council President. Sullivan assumed the role of President on May 7, 2020 at the Ontario 4-H Council’s virtual Annual General Meeting. She previously held the role of Vice President and will replace outgoing President, Dennis Carnegie.

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.

The Ontario 4-H Council Board of Directors develops the vision and governance policies for 4-H Ontario. Each of the 50-plus 4-H Ontario Associations elect an Association Representative (AR) to speak and vote on behalf of the Association at the provincial level. Ten directors are elected from and by the pool of AR’s to form the Ontario 4-H Council Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has the responsibility of providing direction and vision for the 4-H Ontario program, and is responsible for the management and direction of the Executive Director, who in turn is responsible for the management and direction of the 4-H Ontario staff, who manage daily operations of 4-H Ontario. 



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, Coordinator, Communications, 4-H Ontario

519.803.6647, digital@4-hontario.ca

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