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4-H Ontario honours six volunteers with 2019 Outstanding New 4-H Ontario Club Leader Award

Laura Squires | (Posted July 3, 2019)

ROCKWOOD, ON (July 3, 2019) – 4-H Ontario is excited to announce the six winners of the 2019 Outstanding New 4-H Ontario Club Leader Award, sponsored by Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd. The Outstanding New 4-H Ontario Club Leader Award recognizes club leaders who have volunteered with 4-H for less than three years and are doing outstanding things for the youth in their clubs.

The 2019 winners are: Aimee Flikweert (Region 1, Manitoulin), Bonnie Bergeron (Region 2, Russell), Cheryl Crowe (Region 3, Kawartha Lakes Haliburton), Todd Radigan (Region 4, Waterloo), Amanda Yule (Region 5, Perth) and Christy Brekelmans (Region 6, Oxford).

“4-H Ontario congratulates all the Outstanding New Club Leader Award recipients,” says Evelyn Chambers, Senior Manager Volunteer & Community Engagement. “These individuals truly exemplify the head, heart, hands and health of the 4-H program.”

This award celebrates volunteers who embody the 4-H pledge and 4-H values. One nomination for the Outstanding New 4-H Ontario Club Leader Award is accepted from each association and one winner is selected from each region. Recipients of this award receive a custom print commissioned by 4-H and sponsored by Gay Lea Foods at their 4-H Association’s Awards Night.

“Gay Lea Foods is honoured to sponsor the Outstanding New 4-H Ontario Club Leader Awards, which recognize and celebrate the engaged volunteer 4-H leaders in our communities,” says Gay Lea Foods’ Chair, Rob Goodwill. “These leaders bring the 4-H values to life, delivering valuable leadership and life skills to our youth and, through their service, impacting positive change across our communities and throughout Canadian agriculture.”

Read on to learn about the 2019 Outstanding New 4-H Ontario Club Leader Award Recipients.

Aimee Flikweert

Region 1 – Manitoulin

As 4-H member in her youth, Aimee sought out the local 4-H association shortly after moving to Manitoulin. Over the past three years she has been a volunteer, she had led several clubs including Chocolate Making, Cake Decorating, Goat, Farm Safety and Small Engines and has proven to be a great asset to the newly formed Cloverbud program in Manitoulin. The heart that Aimee puts into her 4-H experience is evident from her passion for sharing 4-H with others. She actively practices the 4-H motto in all aspects of her life. As noted by one of the members in her club, “Aimee is a great 4-H teacher and she has a great sense of humor. I think Aimee deserves an award because she teaches everybody so many things and we all learn from her.” In addition to her efforts within her clubs, she has also fulfilled positions within her association as Vice-President and Secretary and has been part of the Volunteer Screening Committee.


Bonnie Bergeron

Region 2 – Russell

Bonnie is a 4-H volunteer in Russell County and in the last three years, she has led nine clubs including Dairy, Maple Syrup, Cake Decorating, Go For The Gold and Square/Line dancing. As 4-H alumni, Bonnie become a leader so she could provide the same 4-H opportunities she was given to her daughter and other youth in the local association. Bonnie goes above and beyond to help 4-H members and is always ready to take on new challenges with a smile! She has a way of bringing everyone together and always communicates materials clearly in both English and French to ensure all members are given the best opportunity to learn. “It is easy to see that Bonnie puts her heart into everything she does for 4-H,” says Kaitlin Blenkarn, Russell 4-H member. Her commitment to 4-H reaches beyond her club as she has also been part of the association executive as Secretary.


Cheryl Crowe

Region 3 – Kawartha Lakes Haliburton

Cheryl has been a 4-H volunteer in the Kawartha Lakes Haliburton Association since 2016 and has led several clubs such as Chocolate, Sewing and Gardening. She is passionate and loyal to the program and promotes 4-H to all because she knows first-hand the benefits of the program as an alumnus. When Cheryl is working with members, she is patient and always spends that little extra time to make sure all questions are answered. All meetings are fun and educational all involved, and she works hard to ensure every member reaches their full potential. As mentioned by a participant in one of her clubs, “I can say that Cheryl has been the most influential leader I have ever had.” In addition to her time as a leader, Cheryl has also recently stepped up to take on the position of Treasurer within the Kawartha Lakes Haliburton 4-H Association.


Todd Radigan

Region 4 – Waterloo

Todd is a 4-H volunteer in the Waterloo Association and since 2017, has led various clubs including the Kitchener Market Club, Computer Club, Cloverbuds and Square Dancing. Since 2017, Todd has also sat on the Waterloo 4-H Board of Directors and is now the Vice President. His commitment and dedication to the 4-H program is evident in all efforts whether it be within one of his clubs or for the betterment of 4-H as a whole. Todd’s willingness to pass on his skills and knowledge in the field of S.T.E.M. just shows how well he embodies the 4-H pledge. Most recently, he even developed an app for members to sign up for clubs from their phones or computers. “I think Todd is a great choice for the new leader award because of everything he does for 4-H,” said Ainsley Milne, 4-H member.


Amanda Yule

Region 5 – Perth

Amanda Yule is a 4-H volunteer in Perth County and since becoming a leader in 2016, she has led multiple clubs including Quilting, Sewing, Cookie and Crafting. She enjoys giving back to her community and feels it is important to have youth involved in clubs where they can donate their time to the greater good. One of the biggest projects Amanda has been a part of is the painted barn quilts project. She worked with the youth on their design from start to finish and ensured all the quilts were displayed at recognition night for all to see.


Christy Brekelmans

Region 6Oxford

Christy has been a 4-H volunteer in Oxford County since 2017 and has not only been heavily involved in the Oxford 4-H Swine club, but also led many projects in Thamesford 4-H such as Cookie, All Manner of Red Meat, A World of Food in Canada and Sporting Chance. She also sits on the Oxford 4-H Association Board of Directors. Christy is passionate about 4-H and works hard to create the best experience for all members in her clubs. Her hard work and dedication to 4-H is evident to all making her an outstanding role model to her members. As noted by one of her 4-H members, “Christy has done a great job being a new 4-H leader. I’ve enjoyed all of the clubs we’ve done and as our club grows, I believe it will only get better thanks to Christy’s enthusiasm and dedication.”



About 4-H Ontario:

4-H Ontario is a non-profit positive youth development organization that builds youth as leaders within their communities and as 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:

Laura Squires, Coordinator, Communications, 4-H Ontario

519.856.0992 x462, digital@4-hontario.ca



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