Ottawa, ON – June 30, 2017- The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced today that our very own 4-H Foundation board member Kim McConnell and long time 4-H’er was appointed a Member to the Order of Canada for his years of service to his community and country.
McConnell was named along with 99 other accomplished Canadians who have contributed in their way to helping and elevating the status of Canadians at home and abroad. Kim has been giving back to his community since his days in the 4-H McConnell Beef Club, the oldest beef club in Canada, out of Hamiota, Manitoba. He is also the founder of AdFarm, one of the largest agricultural marketing communications firms in North America, has been named to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame, and also sits on the 4-H Canada Board of Directors.
“All of us here at 4-H are proud of Kim’s recent appointment to the prestigious Order of Canada,” says 4-H Canada CEO Shannon Benner. “He has been a 4-H advocate for most of his life and has always found the time to give back to his community in one way or another. This most recent announcement speaks volumes about his character, leadership, dedication to agriculture, youth and his community.”
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 more than 24,000 members and nearly 7,400 volunteers. 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 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.
About the Order of Canada
Created in 1967, the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Close to 7 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and have taken to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”). Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.
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