4-H Canada and CIBC are pleased to announce the 2013 National Volunteer Leader of the Year as well as provincial winners.
4-H is about building responsible, caring and strong leaders that affect positive change in the world around them. 4-H leaders play the most significant and pivotal role in this development and are the reason young people succeed.
“We are so impressed by the commitment of all our volunteer 4-H leaders and we are honoured that these dedicated people want to be part of 4-H in Canada, said Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. We are also very fortunate that CIBC understands the importance of recognizing responsible and motivated leaders in Canada.”
The call for nominations for the National Volunteer Leader of the Year took place in December 2013 and was driven by member reference letters and recommendations. Seven provincial winners were selected from the applicants and these winners moved forward to a national judging panel.
“At CIBC, we are committed to serving the needs of rural and agriculture communities across Canada,” said Iain McIntyre, Director and Team Leader, Commercial Banking, CIBC. “For over 60 years, CIBC has been a proud partner of 4-H Canada and we’re delighted to support this outstanding leadership program recognizing these remarkable role models and the contribution they make in shaping our leaders of tomorrow. We congratulate all of the 2013 winners.”
Every provincial winner will receive $100 each as well as a prize package. The national winner receives $2000 as well as an invitation to and recognition at 4-H Canada’s Annual General Meeting in Abbottsford, BC in May 2014.
Selection criteria included references, club involvement, community involvement, length of involvement, and how much the members learned and developed as a result of the leader.
Provincial and Overall National Winner:
John Drummond, Kitchener Market 4-H Club, ON
Heather Serafini, South Country Crafts and Critters 4-H Club, BC
Dorothy Carlson, Cherhill 4-H Multi Club, AB
Adele Pizzey, Binscarth Home-Ettes 4-H Club, MB
Ila Goodwin, Chignecto 4-H Club, NB
Louise Lachance, Les Jonquilles St-Léonard Parent, NB
Geoff Baldwin, Ro-Win-Lea 4-H Club, NS
Susan Simmons, French River 4-H Club, PE