Former 4-H Canada President Rob Black Named Senator

Ottawa, ON – February 16, 2018 – The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada announced yesterday that Governor General Julie Payette appointed Robert Black, 4-H alumnus and former 4-H Canada president, board member, and staff member at the national level, to a seat in the Senate of Canada.

Black, who was named alongside Martha Deacon, is a longtime supporter and advocate for youth and is especially passionate about Canadian agriculture. With over 40 years contributing to the 4-H movement in Canada, Black understands the power of 4-H in building leaders and has spent his entire career as a leader in the Ontario agricultural community supporting 4-H’s positive youth development mission.

“Rob Black has always been an enthusiastic supporter of youth and agriculture throughout his career,” said David Hovell, Chair of the 4-H Canada Board of Directors. “4-H Canada is proud to have a champion for those causes in the Senate and looks forward to working alongside him as we advance the development of youth leaders committed to positively impacting their communities across Canada.”

“I am delighted to welcome these accomplished Ontarians to the Senate. I am confident that Parliament will benefit from Ms. Deacon and Mr. Black’s knowledge and experience, and that they will be great ambassadors for their region and communities,” said, Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

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Jay Poulton
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