September 13, 2016 – Woodstock, ON – 4-H Canada announced today at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, the launch of a new 4-H alumni program. This new initiative, 4-H’s Club 1913, is an online community for the more than 350,000 4-H alumni across Canada, who were at one time a youth member in Canada’s longest standing rural youth organization and who are looking to get back to their roots.
4-H Canada is encouraging alumni across Canada to register online at Club1913.ca—an online hub for 4-H alumni who are interested in re-connecting and networking with other alumni, and finding unique opportunities at the local and national level, while celebrating their pride in being part of the 4-H Canada community.
“I often speak with individuals, both within agriculture community and beyond, who are excited to tell me about the profound and positive impact 4-H had in their lives,” says Donna Bridge, President of 4-H Canada’s Board of Directors. “For most, 4-H served as the foundation for their success, no matter how they define the word.”
Since 1913, 4-H Canada has been empowering young Canadians to become responsible, caring and contributing leaders who are passionate about making meaningful contributions to the world around them. Across Canada, 4-H alumni continue to use their Heads, Heart, Hands and Health to make a difference as community champions, Olympic athletes, industry leaders and politicians at every level of government.
Being a member of 4-H’s Club 1913 also represents an opportunity for 4-H alumni to help grow future generations of leaders, by volunteering, becoming mentors and engaging in knowledge and skills transfer opportunities with 4-H youth.
“Our wide network of 4-H alumni are proof that 4-H programming builds strong leaders, who are equipped with confidence, positive values, decision-making abilities and other invaluable skill sets,” said Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “In the Canadian economy, and in the Canadian agriculture sector, we see a growing demand for these skills, and our alumni can play an instrumental role in addressing these gaps. There is no greater time than now for 4-H.”
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.
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