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4-H Canada Announces 24 Youth Service Leaders as Part of the Hands to Larger Service Program

Ottawa, Ontario – May 22, 2018 – 4-H Canada is very proud to introduce the 24 Youth Service Leaders who will be leading 4-H clubs across the country in creating innovative service projects as part of the Hands to Larger Service Program. The program is funded by the federal government as part of the Canada Service Corps, an initiative that focuses on community service by young Canadians.

These 24 outstanding senior 4-H members will travel to locations across Canada this summer as part of the 4-H Canada Club to Club Exchange program, co-creating community-focused projects in partnership with other youth and organizations. The group will undergo extensive in-person training to develop project management and leadership skills, and learn about community engagement, service learning and positive youth development.

“We are very excited to be announcing this extremely talented group,” said Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada CEO. “I can’t wait to see what these 24 youth leaders will help to create as they develop service projects that will have a lasting impact within communities across Canada. All this would not be possible without the support of our partners McDonald’s Canada and the Government of Canada as part of the Canada Service Corps.”

The name for the Hands to Larger Service program was taken from the 4-H pledge, where members promise to put their hands to a larger service and which they do every day across Canada in the true spirit of the 4-H motto: Learn To Do By Doing by helping their club, community and country. The initiative showcases 4-H in Canada and our commitment to leadership and community engagement in helping to build responsible, caring and contributing youth.

 “4-H Canada will bring together young people from rural and urban regions all over the country to lead projects that benefit their own communities, giving them the opportunity to gain skills and experience for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

“McDonald’s Canada is thrilled to be partnering with 4-H Canada to bring the Hands to Larger Service program to life. At McDonald’s, we share 4-H Canada’s commitment to empowering Canadian youth, connecting people to their communities, and promoting this country’s rich agricultural heritage. We are proud of this year’s youth leaders and congratulate them on the great work they are doing for their communities,” said John Betts, President and CEO, McDonald’s Canada.

The 24 Youth Service Leaders:

Brandon Callahan, NB
Samuel Cleary, BC
Bryce Doiron, PEI
Brookelyn Felske, AB
Chelsey Fitzsimmons, SK
Kristen Foster, NS
Nicole French, ON
Lauren Gruer, QC
Leah Haan, ON
Amanda Hardman, AB
Emelia Huff, ON
Ella Lentz, NS
Jazmin Lukinuk, MB
Sophie MacDonald, PEI
Kianna McGregor, AB
Sydney Milne, NS
Jessica Norman, AB
Morgan Passmore, QC
Gregory Penner, MB
Joshua Powers, NL
Kylynne Sheffield, NS
Ally Spielmacher, ON
Leah Trenson, AB
Tayler Williams, NL

The Hands to Larger Service Program is funded by the Government of Canada as part of Canada Service Corps and McDonald’s Canada. To learn more about the Hands to Larger Service Program visit http://4-h-canada.ca/handstolargerservice.

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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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

For more information, media may contact:

Jay Poulton
Director, Marketing and Communications
4-H Canada
613-759-1013 ext. 131
jpoulton@4-h-canada.ca