4-H Canada Announces Four Recipients of Highly Sought-After L.E.A.D. Scholarship

L-R: McAuley Bellows, Emma Kaliel, Audrey Morneau, Emmett Sawyer

Ottawa, Ontario – October 16, 2018 – 4-H Canada and CN are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 4-H Canada Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction (L.E.A.D.).

L.E.A.D., 4-H Canada’s most prestigious and highly-sought after scholarship, is made possible through a generous partnership with CN, a long-time supporter of 4-H Canada and strong champion for advancing leadership in communities across Canada.

This annual award recognizes four youth leaders: outstanding, accomplished youth who embody the 4-H youth movement and demonstrate personal development, community impact, and leadership excellence in each of 4-H Canada’s four Leadership Development Pillars.

The 2018 4-H Canada L.E.A.D. recipients are:

McAuley Bellows, (NL), recipient for the Community Engagement & Communications Pillar
Emma Kaliel (AB), recipient for the Science & Technology Pillar
Audrey Morneau (QC), recipient for the Environment & Healthy Living Pillar
Emmett Sawyer (AB), recipient for the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security Pillar

“Every year I am amazed with the quality of applicants for this scholarship, and as a positive youth development organization, we are thrilled to recognize these four exceptional youth leaders,” said Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “It is for this reason we are fortunate to partner with a company like CN that truly understands and shares the values represented by L.E.A.D. – and by the L.E.A.D. scholars themselves.”

Each L.E.A.D. recipient receives a $20,000 scholarship towards four-year post-secondary studies. They are also matched with a high-impact mentor who plays a leadership role in their industry and community. This mentorship relationship is an important component of the award program, supporting L.E.A.D. recipients as they move forward in their careers.

“Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 L.E.A.D. scholarships” said Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President of Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer. “CN and 4-H Canada share a similar vision of building safe, strong and vibrant communities across Canada. We are very proud to continue our partnership with 4-H Canada and helping cultivate the next generation of responsible, thoughtful and contributing leaders.”

To learn more about the L.E.A.D. Scholarship and its recipients visit 4-h-canada.ca/lead.

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About 4-H Canada
For over 100 years, 4-H Canada has been one of the most highly respected positive youth development organizations in Canada. 4-H Canada has close to 25,000 members and more than 7,700 volunteer leaders. Our goal is to help young Canadians “Learn To Do By Doing” in a safe, inclusive and fun environment. We believe in nurturing responsible, caring and contributing youth leaders who are committed to positively impacting their communities across Canada and around the world. To learn more about 4-H Canada, please visit 4-h-canada.ca and follow our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages.

About CN
CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information about CN, visit the company’s website at www.cn.ca.

For more information, media may contact:

Jay Poulton
Director, Marketing and Communications
4-H Canada
613-759-1013 ext. 131




Patrick Waldron
Senior Manager, Media Relations