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Canadian 4-H Council awards volunteers

Mar. 25, 2013, Ottawa, ON – Six 4-H volunteer leaders across Canada were honoured for their dedication to local youth with the annual Co-operators/4-H National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award.

"The lives of countless young people in Canada have been greatly enriched over the last 100 years thanks to the dedicated 4-H leaders," said Rob Black, president of the Canadian 4-H Council. "More than 8,000 volunteer leaders give generously of their time to pass along valuable skills and self-confidence to almost 26,000 young members."

Each winner selected for the Co-operators/4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year Award receives a $100 gift and 4-H anniversary tumbler. In addition, one volunteer is recognized as the grand prize winner with a $1,000 prize, and will receive a trip to the 4-H Canada Annual General Meeting in May, 2013.

The six volunteers selected were nominated by their respective 4-H members, who were asked to give examples of how their leader has made their community a better place, and why they deserve the award.

The following leaders were awarded the 2012 Co-operators/4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year Award:

  • Cheryl Johnson, Shifting Saddles 4-H Club, Salmon Arm, British Columbia
  • Tim Belec, Lakedell Lighthorse 4-H Club, Westerose, Alberta
  • Brad Eggink, Lincoln Dairy Calf Club, Grimsby, Ontario
  • Maria Enright, Richmond 4-H Club, Richmond, Quebec – also the grand prize winner
  • Sheila Fanjoy, Bridging New Waters 4-H Club, Waterford, New Brunswick
  • Alfreda Farish, Millview-Vernon River 4-H Club, Vernon River, Prince Edward Island


Maria Enright of Richmond, Quebec was selected as the grand prize winner of the 2012 Co-operators/4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year Award.

Enright has been a leader for 10 years and has been responsible for initiating many programs within her 4-H club and in the community. She has taught the members to think beyond themselves and to show their thanks by giving back to their parents and community supporters. According to her club, she is dedicated, innovative and proud of the kids and the projects they are able to accomplish.

"The centennial anniversary of 4-H in Canada is also an excellent opportunity to recognize and thank the countless volunteer leaders who have inspired generations of 4-H members over the last 100 years and helped build this unique organization that 4-H Canada is today," said Black.

More information about 4-H in Canada can be found at www.4-h-canada.ca.