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Announcing 2018 Outstanding New 4-H Ontario Club Leader Award Recipients

(Posted July 16, 2018)

ROCKWOOD, ON (July 16, 2018) – 4-H Ontario is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Outstanding New 4-H Ontario Club Leader Award sponsored by Gay Lea Foods Co-operative. This award recognizes volunteers who embody the 4-H pledge and 4-H values.

This year’s winners are: Sheila Ducheck (York), Janie Gras (Oxford), Scott Hamilton (Renfrew), Amanda Kapteyn (Grey) and Barb Patten (Peel).

“We are very proud to honour these amazing individuals for their contributions to the 4-H program,” says Evelyn Chambers, Senior Manager, Volunteer & Community Engagement, 4-H Ontario. “Their efforts in their 4-H clubs and communities truly embody what it means to be a 4-H’er”

The award celebrates those volunteers who have been leaders with 4-H Ontario for less than three years and doing great things for youth members in their clubs. Nominations for this award are accepted from across the province with one nomination accepted per association. Recipients receive a custom print commissioned by 4-H at their local 4-H Awards program (or relevant 4-H gathering).

 “Gay Lea Foods would like to congratulate the recipients of the Outstanding New 4-H Club Leader Award”, says Gay Lea Foods Chair Rob Goodwill. “These individuals not only demonstrate 4-H values but co-operative values. Their commitment to community engagement and leadership makes Gay Lea Foods proud to sponsor this award.”

Read on below for more on these Outstanding Leaders

Sheila Ducheck

Sheila Ducheck of York 4-H Association lead four clubs in her first year being a leader and five this year. She’s lead clubs such as Social/Etiquette, Sports, Event Planning, Outdoor Living, Butterfly and Cooking. Sheila uses her strengths as an elementary teacher to put forth organization and planning to her clubs and meetings. She takes initiative, using member’s ideas and creativity and helps them merge it all together to give 4-H’ers amazing events. Her members say she is very educated in every subject that she leads and always manages to make meetings informative, yet entertaining. Other leaders agree Sheila has embraced all that 4-H has to offer. Even prior to becoming a leader, Sheila was putting in hours helping out with various things such as making the 4-H float in the Stouffville Santa Claus Parade. She also sits on the York 4-H Association Board as a Director.

Janie Gras

Janie is a new leader from Oxford County 4-H Association. She began volunteering with 4-H in 2016 with the Potato Project, as well as with Canoe & Kayaking and the LAP Trip Exchange. Last year she lead Woodworking, Veterinary, Our Heritage and Sporting Chance projects, in addition to leading the trip exchange once again. In 2018 Janie has added some more projects to her portfolio with Healthy Eating Around The Clock and Adventures in STEM. Janie has initiated a 4-H food booth at her township’s recycling day in 2017—an initiative, which earned significant funds and was brought back in 2018. When there are supplies to carry, dishes to do, a floor to sweep and chairs to put away, Janie will always be doing her part to help out. Janie is a very caring leader who always puts others first and is an excellent role model to all who know her.

Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton of Renfrew 4-H Association always goes above and beyond to bring out each member’s individual personality. He has a way about him that makes each child want to work with him and learn from him. Scott is now helping to lead a club, which will represent Renfrew County at Go For The Gold and has created the Renfrew County 4-H Facebook page. Scott has lead clubs such as Rabbit, Rabbit Agility, Photography, Dairy, Healthy Eating and On Your Own You Can Do It, to name a few. He also volunteers his time as much as he can to all clubs—even ones he isn’t a leader of. He can often be found creating slide shows, setting up banquet halls or working the sound system. He is also a member of the Renfrew County 4-H Board. Scott’s members have said he’s helped make them want to complete more 4-H clubs and not to be afraid of trying new things.

Amanda Kapteyn

After graduating from Grey County 4-H Association as a member in 2015, Amanda came on board to co-lead the Wiarton 4-H Dairy, Sheep, Judging and Dairy Showing and Fitting Clubs in her first year. She has since co-wrote and lead the Wiarton Fair Celebrates the 150 Years of Agriculture Club and this year is assisting with the newly formed Rabbit Club—plus pizza, mechanics and lifeskills clubs. This year she’ll also be helping to chaperone the Grey County EastGen Dairy team. Amanda demonstrates creativity at shows when making displays and coming up with new design ideas. Always eager to assist all members, Amanda is a very enthusiastic, conscientious and devoted 4-H Leader. Members say they love working with Amanda because she is positive and generous with her time and energy. She has a can-do attitude that is infectious and is willing to do whatever is needed for the club and its members.

Barb Patten

Barb is a volunteer from Peel 4-H Association in Region 4 who began her volunteer career with 4-H in 2016 and began leading clubs in 2017. Barb has lead Birdwatching, Pizza, Master Chef and Fitness clubs. Barb is an active volunteer on the Board of Directors for Peel. She is responsible for fundraising efforts, organizing the bbq at the Peel Judging Competition and assisting with Awards Night. Last year Barb attended CAM for the first time and returned even more energized and inspired. Barb brings a positive and warm energy to Peel and has been a very valuable committee member. Barb is great at ensuring everyone is involved, valued and helps members to develop their leadership skills. She always comes to every meeting with a huge smile and bag full of creative activities for her members to complete. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she inspires her members to embody the 4-H motto.


About 4-H Ontario:

4-H Ontario is a non-profit positive youth development organization that builds youth as leaders within their communities and assets to the world. With roots in rural Ontario, today it is open to youth of all backgrounds across the province. 4-H youth ages 6–21 and screened, engaged volunteer leaders come together to learn about selected topics through fun hands-on activities and mentorship. There are also provincial camps, conferences, competitions and national and international travel opportunities available to further develop skills in leadership, business, self-confidence and more. 4-H provides youth with a place they can be involved, accepted, valued and heard while developing valuable skills for leadership and life.

About Gay Lea

Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd. is the first North American dairy co-operative to include licensed dairy cow and dairy goat members, processing both kinds of milk into a range of dairy products – from the consumer favourite Spreadables and North America’s first SmoothTM Cottage Cheese, to Nothing But CheeseTM, an innovative snack made with 100% cheese. With members on more than 1,395 dairy farms in Ontario and Manitoba, and more than 4,295 producer and investor stakeholders, Gay Lea Foods is as renowned for its co-operative-inspired values as it is as a preferred supplier of award winning dairy products and high quality dairy components.




For more information please contact:

Ryan Métivier, Coordinator, Communications, 4-H Ontario

519.856.0992 x465, digital@4-hontario.ca

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