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Hamilton-Wentworth 4-H Info

Barbara McKenna

We were very sorry to receive the news of Barb’s passing.  Barb was a well-known, dedicated, busy volunteer for 47 years with our Association. 

In Hamilton-Wentworth 4-H Association’s early years, Barb became Volunteer Contact for the Association and worked tirelessly to ensure our volunteers received credit for years of leading as 4-H moved to keeping records of volunteer service on computer. She scoured years of old OMAF index cards and passed on information to 4-H Ontario to correct gaps in the records. She championed to have all volunteers be recognized for service whether they were considered the "Leader" or "Assistant Leader" in a 4-H Club.

She was very involved in lots of areas within 4-H including, for example, leading Clubs, organizing and fundraising for 4-H Safety Night, chaperoning Square Dancing Club members to various events and competitions (including sewing costumes) and helping to organize Annual 4-H Dance. She was our Volunteer Contact for many years, organizing and tracking Special Awards and coordinating Top 4-H Member Awards for the Annual 4-H Awards Night (including letters to award sponsors, complimentary tickets, flowers for tables, purchasing awards, thank-you’s). Barb secured and collected the majority of sponsorships for the Awards Night program and co-ordinated and contributed to meals for our Annual General Meeting for many years. She was the liaison with Wentworth District Women's Institute and collected information on scholarships available to 4-H members. She was an accomplished seamstress and helped to co-ordinate the design and quilting of 4-H 100th Anniversary wall-hangings.  

As Volunteer Contact, she was extremely organized and very hands-on with all the volunteers. Barb and Laura Thorkildsen would conduct volunteer workshops together two or three times a year to welcome and train volunteers. She was our liaison with the Hamilton Police when 4-H first started police checks. Since 2004, Barb spearheaded nominations for our volunteers for recognition through government organizations as she believed that volunteers needed to be recognized (and responsible) for what they signed up for with the 4-H program.

Wow! That’s an exhaustive list! Our Association owes much to Barb’s efforts and the tireless hours she put into ensuring our Association is the best it could possibly be. We will remember her for that. Let’s endeavour to continue building our Association with the same passion and commitment Barb had!








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