2022 4-H Canada Leadership Awards Raise Over $55,000 for the Future of the 4-H Movement

Ottawa, ON, Feb. 25, 2022 – 4-H Canada is proud to announce that the 2022 4-H Canada Leadership Awards, held virtually on Feb. 23, 2022, raised over $55,000 while celebrating the outstanding achievements of 4-H youth, leaders, supporters, and alumni.

The 2022 Leadership Awards set a new fundraising record for the event, which supports the Canadian 4-H Foundation and its mission to invest in the future of 4-H programming.

“The continued support for the 4-H movement in Canada is truly humbling, and we are grateful to the partners, sponsors, and donors who helped raise vital funds to ensure a strong future of 4-H programming in Canada,” said 4-H Canada CEO, Shannon Benner.

4-H Canada’s signature annual event, the 2022 edition was hosted by Canadian icon, Peter Mansbridge, who displayed his trademark eloquence while putting the spotlight on recipients of four prestigious national awards.

Always a highlight of the evening, the Leadership Awards marked the official announcement of high-profile mentors for the four trailblazing youth recipients of the 4-H Canada Leadership Excellence Awards of Excellence (L.E.A.D.). In addition to receiving a $20,000 scholarship, each recipient benefits from an ongoing mentorship with an expert from within their field of post-secondary study. This year’s mentorship pairings are as follows:

L.E.A.D Recipient Mentor
Julia Pitsiaeli (BC) Dr. Elaine Kobayashi, MD, PhD – Neurologist at Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital
Neleah Lavoie (PEI) Dr. Rolando Fausto Del Maestro, MD, PhD – Professor Emeritus in Neuro-Oncology at McGill University and Director of Neurosurgical Simulation Research Centre at Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital
Cally Sample (BC) Barb Shellian – Director of Rural Health for Calgary Zone Alberta Health Services, Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Calgary’s Faculty of Nursing
Jessica Davey (SK) Alanna Koch – Founder of KoHert Agri Inc., Board Chair of Global Institute for Food Security

The event also honoured Canadian Olympian Sage Watson of Medicine Hat, AB as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition, Sandra Duchak of Portage la Prairie, MB was recognized with the National Volunteer of the Year Award for her remarkable 42 years as a 4-H leader, while Dawn Krinke of Brandon, MB was inducted as a lifetime 4-H Canada Honourary Member in light of her outstanding service to 4-H in Canada and 15-year tenure with 4-H Manitoba.

“This year’s Leadership Awards once again proved to be an incredible opportunity for the 4-H community from across the country to join together virtually and honour an amazing group of 4-H youth, volunteers, and supporters,” said Benner.

The 4-H Canada Leadership Awards would not have been possible without award sponsors, CN, Co-operators, Glacier FarmMedia, and FCC; auction sponsor, John Deere Canada ULC; and the individuals and businesses who donated incredible items to the Online Auction. 4-H Canada would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the 4-H Champions who generously purchased event ticket packages for 4-H clubs from across Canada to attend the event.

For more information on the 4-H Canada Leadership Awards and the recipients, visit 4-h-canada.ca/4hawards.

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The 2022 4-H Canada Leadership Awards raised over $55,000 for the Canadian 4-H Foundation, while celebrating the outstanding achievements of 4-H youth, leaders, supporters, and alumni, including two-time Canadian Olympian, Sage Watson of Medicine Hat, AB.
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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 in Canada has close to 23,500 members and more than 8,500 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.

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