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First Annual Bertram and Hazel Stewart 4-H Dairy Youth Education Award & Bursary Presented at the 90th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Marshal McLernon, 4-H Ontario | (Posted December 5, 2012)

Toronto, ON – The inaugural presentation of the Bertram and Hazel Stewart 4-H Dairy Youth Education Award and Bursary took place November 4, at a ceremony at the 90th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

16-year old Derek Van De Walle of St. Mary’s, Ontario received the award from Bertram Stewart, his daughters and 4-H Ontario Executive Director Wraychel Horne.

Van De Walle has been a 4-H member since the age of 10. While maintaining a grade average of 90 per cent through grades 9 and 10, juggling part-time jobs and extra-curricular activities, Van De Walle has been active in the Kirkton Dairy 4-H Club. He is president of the 35-member club, and has ranked as a top member for the past two years. He aspires to a career as a veterinarian.

The Bertram and Hazel Stewart 4-H Dairy Youth Education Award & Bursary honours Bertram and the late Hazel Stewart’s deep commitment and passion toward agriculture, education, and 4-H. The award and conditional bursary of $1,000 is awarded annually by the selection committee to an eligible 4-H Ontario Dairy Club member demonstrating dedication, determination, and passion to both 4-H, the dairy sector and their pursuit of post-secondary education.

“I was a 4-H leader for over 40 years and Hazel lead 4-H clubs for over 10 years,” shares Stewart. “She was a big supporter of 4-H and 4-H has always been a big part of my life. We started the bursary to give an opportunity to 4-H members that are in the middle age group. We are very thankful for the support that came about.”

Derek Van De Walle awarded bursary

About 4-H Ontario
Through 4-H Ontario, Members, youth aged 9–21, and Volunteer Leaders come together to create a 4-H Club and learn about a selected topic through hands on activities and mentorship. 4-H'rs look to the 4-H Motto and take a “Learn To Do By Doing” approach in all they do. Dedicated Volunteers work with Members to develop leadership and life skills that equip them with tools to reach their full potential and become conscious and contributing citizens. 4-H Ontario believes it is important to look at the big picture; youth need to see beyond themselves and focus on how their actions affect personal relationships, their community, the environment and society as a whole. 4-H in Ontario began in 1915 and has countless Alumni across Ontario who continue to contribute to their communities and country.

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Contact Information
For more information please contact:
Marshal McLernon, Senior Manager, Communications, 4-H Ontario
Ph: 1-877-410-6748 x 462
Em: communications@4-hontario.ca
Web: 4-HOntario.ca
Twitter: @4HOntario

Secondary Contact
Nicole Kross, Coordinator, Communications, 4-H Ontario
Ph: 1-877-410-6748 x 465
Em: nkross@4-hontario.ca
Web: 4-HOntario.ca
Twitter: @4HOntario


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