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4-H Ontario Announces 2014 Youth Ambassadors

(Posted January 27, 2014)

ROCKWOOD, ON (January 27, 2014) – 4-H Ontario has announced the selection of the six new Ambassadors who will represent the organization across the province for 2014.

Paul Knoops, Kate Higgins, Sarina Goodfellow, Chris DeKlein, Tamara Hamilton and Brooke Thompson were chosen by a panel of three judges at the Holiday Inn & Conference Centre on January 18. The judging panel comprised a 4-H Ontario volunteer and staff member, as well as a representative of GROWMARK, Inc, which sponsors the 4-H Ontario Ambassador program with UPI Energy LP.

The 4-H Ontario Ambassador program provides youth with advanced level training in leadership, citizenship, communications and public relations. Ambassadors put their energy and 4-H experiences to work recruiting new members and sharing the 4-H story. They attend 4-H Ontario events across the province, as well as representing the organization at community events to promote the program.

“The 4-H Ontario Ambassadors are an integral part to the promotion of 4-H to current and potential volunteers, members and stakeholders by travelling across the province to a variety of events,” says Marianne Fallis, Senior Manager, Programming, 4-H Ontario. “This year’s team of Ambassadors carry on the tradition of exceptional youth who are passionate about sharing the many experiences and opportunities the 4-H Ontario program has to offer.”

Read on for a listing and bio of the 2014 Ambassadors.

Paul Knoops

Paul hails from the Oxford 4-H Association, where he has completed 45 projects in his 10 years as a 4-H member. He has engaged in opportunities such as Discovery Days, Youth Adventure Camp and Go For The Gold, and an exchange to Alberta. He is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Aiming for the Top Scholarship. He is currently enrolled at the University of Western Ontario in a honours program with a specialization in biology and a minor in physics. When asked about what makes Paul proud to be a 4-H member, he replied, “The things I learned in 4-H have enabled me to grow as a person and mature. I would not be able to do public speaking and would be lost in a kitchen without 4-H.”

Kate Higgins

Mary Kate Higgins, of Huron 4-H, has been a member of 4-H for eight years, during which time she has completed 29 projects. She has been actively engaged in the Go For The Gold program, including the Provincial Championships in 2013. Outside of her 4-H involvement, Kate is involved with the Wingham Knights of Columbus, the Western University Pre-Med Society and much more. She is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Ontario. One of Kate’s references had this to say. “I believe that the qualities and attitudes Kate displays would make her an excellent candidate for 4-H Ambassador. Her leadership skills and sense of community will serve her well in promoting the values of 4-H.”

Sarina Goodfellow

Sarina hails from the Lennox & Addington 4-H Association in Region 3. She is 19 years of age and has completed 36 projects in her eight years as a 4-H member. She is very active in her home association and has been a youth director on the L&A Board. Outside of 4-H Sarina has been involved in Relay For Life, supporting church dinners, assists teaching in a dance class and much more. When asked why she wanted to become a 4-H Ontario Ambassador she said, “It would allow me to spread the word about 4-H and how it can be life changing and an amazing experience.” Sarina is currently enrolled at the University of Guelph.

Chris DeKlein

In his eight years as a 4-H member, Chris has completed 28 projects—including dairy, swine and Milk Makes It Better. Chris has been a junior director on his home 4-H association, Middlesex, for two years. He has been very active in provincial 4-H programs as well including the Ignite Leadership pilot in 2013. One of Chris’ references had this to say. “Chris’ eagerness to experience, promote and share 4-H is well received and appreciated in Middlesex and beyond.” Chris is furthering his education at Ridgetown College.

Tamara Hamilton

Tamara joins the 2014 Ambassador team from Russell 4-H Association. In her seven years as a 4-H member, Tamara has completed 10 projects and attended many events both locally, regionally and provincially. Her leadership prowess is showcased in her extensive list of extracurricular activities and awards within and outside of the 4-H Ontario program. When asked what makes Tamara proud to be a 4-H member, she says, “It’s that it is much more than just an organization – it is a reason to smile, laugh with friends and become a better leader.” Tamara is in her last year of high school at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School.

Brooke Thompson

In her eight years as a 4-H member, Brooke has completed 24 projects and taken part in multiple local, regional and provincial events, including Provincial 4-H Leadership Camp, Judge It Day and Career Sen$e. Hailing from York 4-H, Brooke has been the recipient of the York 4-H Life Skills Bursary, the Lions Hall Citizenship Award and the Ontario Principal’s Council Award for Student Leadership. When asked why she wanted to become a 4-H Ontario Ambassador, Brooke said that she would like to, “Further my 4-H journey and experience. I believe this is the perfect time to enhance my knowledge, skills and aspirations in leadership, citizenship, communication and public relations. To be a part of empowering, educating and raising awareness of 4-H would be an honour.”

The six new 4-H Ontario ambassadors will come together over the weekend of February 14-16 for the official Ambassador Reception and training and orientation weekend. Upon completion, they will begin their roles as Ambassadors for 2014.

To book a 4-H Ontario Ambassador for your event please complete our request form online at: www.4-hontario.ca/media/book-ambassador.aspx.

The 4-H Ontario Ambassador Program is sponsored by GROWMARK, Inc. and UPI Energy LP. GROWMARK is a regional cooperative providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services in more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada. UPI is a fully independent province-wide marketer of gasolines, diesel fuels, propane, lubricants and related energy services in rural Ontario.

About 4-H Ontario

4-H Ontario is a grassroots organization of leaders building leaders. At 4-H, participants, youth aged 6–21; and screened, trained volunteer leaders come together to create a 4-H club and learn about a selected topic through hands-on activities and mentorship. There are also a variety of camp and conference opportunities. Through the 4-H experience, members learn to do by doing and build valuable skills that will help them reach their full potential to become conscious, contributing citizens.



For more information please contact:

Ryan Métivier, Coordinator, Communications, 4-H Ontario

519.856.0992 x465, digital@4-hontario.ca


Marshal McLernon, Senior Manager, Communications, 4-H Ontario

519.856.0992 x462, communications@4-hontario.ca

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