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Building a ‘Greater’ Sudbury Through Youth Engagement

(Posted November 16, 2017)

The Sudbury 4-H Club met with His Worship Mayor Brian Bigger to discuss its commitment to the development of local youth initiatives. The youth council meeting, held Monday, November 6th at the Mayor’s office, also officially proclaimed November to be ‘National 4-H Month’ in the Greater City of Sudbury. The 4-H flag is raised at the James Jerome Sports Complex. The youth discussed their community initiatives, especially the success of the Westmount 4-H Club Community Garden which produced over 100 lbs. of fresh produce for the Blue Door Soup Kitchen this year. Since 4-H Clubs are rooted in agriculture and food, it is fitting that the first urban 4- H Club in Ontario should create a sustainable community garden; however, the youth feel that there is so much more that can be done in this space. Meaghan Ethier, a 4-H youth leader, explains that, “As a club we were able to accomplish far more than we planned and as we move forward with the 4- H Garden, we are asking Mr. Mayor to consider how our youth council can act as role models to help empower more youth in the City so they can also enrich the communities they live in.”


Front row: Hunter Perigo (white shirt); Avery Perigo; Kaitlyn St. George; Paulette Macdonald, 4-H Leader; Mayor Brian Bigger. Back row: Wayne Macdonald, 4-H Leader; Kadence McGhee; Hannah Ethier, Youth Leader; Meaghan Ethier, Youth Leader


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