Youth Advisory Committee

Established in 2005, the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is the national youth voice for 4-H Canada. YAC provides leadership opportunities for outstanding, engaged young people from across the country who have been active in 4-H at the club level and want to continue to play a role and contribute as young adults.

YAC is comprised of 12 members from across the country.  They bring a vital youth perspective to national programs, activities and events.  This is done through active participation in working groups where they provide advice, recommendations and a youth voice.  

Interested in becoming a YAC’er? If you want to be an engaged youth leader and have a voice at the national level, contact our Programs Department to learn more.

Meet our current group of amazing YAC members!

Mackenzie Kerr - BC YAC Representative

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

If I could have any superpower it would be the ability to fly! Defying gravity has always appealed to me and I have always loved being up in the sky! The possibilities are endless when you don't have two white lines constricting you to taking the path most followed!

What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment to date?

The best thing going on in my life right now is attending the College of New Caledonia in the Natural Resource and Environmental Technology Program. Going to class truly doesn't feel like "school" when it is something you are passionate about!

If you could travel to any country in the world, where would you go?

If I could travel anywhere in the world I would travel to Mexico or Italy to see the exchange students again who have become my best friends!

What are your main goals for the future?

My goals for the future are to become a registered forest technician and finish my private pilot's license! From there I hope to make a positive environmental impact through a career of renewable energy.

What do you love the most about 4-H?

The coolest thing 4-H has allowed me to do is connect with my community and make a difference! These connections have led me to become part of the BC 4-H Provincial Council and explore the opportunities 4-H has to offer!

CASEY MOREY - AB YAC Representative

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

I would pick teleportation so that I could travel easier and go to all the places I want to in life.

What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishments to date?

I was selected to represent Alberta on the Youth Advisory Committee and represent 4-H Canada at the US National 4-H Conference.

If you could travel to any country in the world, where would you go?

I would travel to Australia, France, or Ireland. It’s too hard to pick one, but these are the three places that I want to visit the most.

What are your main goals for the future?

When I finish university, I would like to first work in corporate agriculture for a term, while my long-term goal is to return to the family farm as a managing partner of our 250 cow dairy.

What do you love the most about 4-H?

I love all the opportunities that are available to youth across Alberta and Canada. I have been given the opportunity to be on a Canada Judging Team at Denver National Round-Up Judging Competition, and travel across the country.

CAMERON CHOQUETTE - SK YAC Representative

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

I would choose flying because then I wouldn’t have to ride on rough Saskatchewan gravel roads. Flying doesn’t come with potholes…

What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishments to date?

Planning and hosting the 2014 Provincial 4-H Curling event in Saskatchewan. And I’m happy to say that I currently serve on 11 boards and/or committees.

If you could travel to any country in the world, where would you go?

I would go to Poland to experience its historic culture and faith.

What are your main goals for the future?

I want to complete high school and go on to further my education in business or agriculture. I plan to travel and find a career that will help me talk a lot and will provide me with the opportunity to help as many people as possible.

What do you love most about 4-H?

Attending conferences and 4-H events has shown me that 4-H members and leaders are among the best leaders and most extraordinary citizens in Canada. 4-H’ers possess amazing skills and to see those skills being put to use is very fulfilling.

GREG PENNER - MB YAC Representative

If you could have a super power what would it be?

Probably flying, I've dreamed of travelling the world since I was a young kid and flying would let me travel anywhere I wanted without all the hassle of airplanes.

What's the coolest thing 4-H has allowed you to do?

etting to travel to Japan as part of the Manitoba 4-H / York-Benimaru Foundation trip in July 2015. We visited Tokyo, spent a week going to school, visited one of the cities hit by the 2011 tsunami, and stayed in a traditional village. A once-in-a-lifetime trip and cultural experience!

What are your goals for the future?

I am studying at the University of Manitoba to follow my dream of become a high school band teacher. This has been a long time goal for me and is an opportunity to pass on my love for music to the next generation of kids.
 

Chris Deklein - ON YAC Representative

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

If I could choose any superpower it would be time travel. I would like to see and learn about more history and would want to see what the future has to hold.

What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishments to date?

My biggest accomplishments to date would be my full-time job with Foundation Genetics in the dairy industry where I am a sales representative.

If you could travel to any country in the world, where would you go?

I would go to Europe, as there are many countries to visit within the continent.

What are your main goals for the future?

My main goals moving into the future would be moving up within the company I work for.

What do you love the most about 4-H?

I love the opportunities that 4-H has to offer. I have participated in almost every single opportunity available in the province, and with this Youth Advisory Committee I have had the chance to further meet and learn about other peoples opportunities across the country.

Andrea Soesbergen - QC YAC Representative

What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishments to date?

I believe my biggest accomplishment to date was being selected as valedictorian of my high school graduating class, as well as receiving the award for highest academic achievement.

What are your main goals for the future?

My career goal is to finish my bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences and perhaps do research in soil or plant science. My lifelong goal is to live my life in a kind and thoughtful manner no matter where my life takes me!

What do you love the most about 4-H?

I love how much 4-H teaches to those involved in the program. We don't just learn about livestock, crafts and growing gardens. No matter what project we undertake, we learn about leadership, working with others and the importance of giving back to our communities. 

If you could travel to any country in the world, where would you go?

If I could travel to any country in the world, it would be Holland. I would visit with relatives of mine and learn about the villages where my grandparents grew up.

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

If I could have any super power it would be the ability to understand and speak with animals.

Frédéric Marcoux - AJRQ YAC Representative

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

I would like to be able to stop the clock, so I could go anywhere I want and stop running out of time.

What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishments to date?

I have accomplishments that I’m really proud. When I was a finalist for a boursery (Garfield Weston award) and I was also really proud when I got my job for the newspaper Le Quotidien  in Saguenay, right after my internship.

If you could travel to any country in the world, where would you go?

I’d like to go all around Europe, cause I appreciate the historical aspect there.

What are your main goals for the future?

I want to get my University degree at UQAM in Montreal for Politics communication. At the end, I’d like to have a full time job in sport’s journalism. 

What do you love the most about 4-H?

Meeting new people and stay connected with agricultural with all the event available for us. I enjoy the opportuinity to learn new things and learn about yourself.

AMY MCCONCHIE - NB YAC Representative

If you could have a super power what would it be?

If I could have any super power it would be the ability to travel anywheres in the blink of an eye. No more driving to school or spending countless hours on the road!

What's the coolest thing 4-H has allowed you to do?

4-H has allowed me to do so many cool things through the years. I've been able to do a lot of travelling and have learned so many new things. I represented NB at Agribition, numerous conferences, and now I get to participate in YAC!

What's the best thing going on in your life right now?

Right now it is hard to choose the best thing in my life as there are so many wonderful things happening!

What are your goals for the future?

I plan on finishing my university degree and pursue graphic design!
 

Abby Sawyer - PEI YAC Representative

If you could choose any superpower, what would it be?

The power to totally absorb information from a book or other information sources just by touching it, as long as I made the conscious decision to do so.

What's the coolest thing 4-H has allowed you to do?

The coolest thing, hands down, is being given the opportunity to act as a role model and teacher for young members, while learning so much from them in the process. I never thought I'd be given such an opportunity or that I would enjoy it as much as I do!

What's the best thing going on in your life right now?

I finished up a university degree this semester, began working, I love my family and friends, I'm in a great relationship and I feel 100% content with where life has taken me so far. Life is good - but sometimes it takes a while to develop.

What are your main goals for the future?

I would love to write a book, open an art gallery or do commissions, work in food product development, and run a hobby farm that dabbles in a bit of everything. I also want to get good enough at barebow archery to start competiting and maybe work myself up to mounted archery. We'll see!

Melissa Taylor - NL YAC Representative

What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishments to date?

My biggest accomplishment would be getting accepted into the school of my dreams, which is very competitive visual arts school, and studying something im really passionate about!

What are your main goals for the future?

My main goals for the future would be to finish university, and hopefully the rest will fall into place.

What do you love most about 4-H?

My favorite thing about 4H is that it brings people together from all across the globe. I am very fortunate enough to have traveled across Canada with 4H, meeting tons of new people who share similar interests as me. I now have a global 4H family!

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

If i could have any superpower it would be teleportation so I could see the entire globe and not have to deal with airlines!