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4-H Canada Recognizes Ontario’s Carol Williams as National Volunteer Leader of the Year

Ottawa, Ontario – Feb. 11, 2021 – 4-H Canada is thrilled to announce Carol Williams of Ontario’s Peel 4-H Club as the 2020 National Volunteer Leader of the Year. Proudly sponsored by The Co-operators, the National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award recognizes the leader whose dedication and passion for engaging and empowering youth has made a lasting, positive impact on the lives of the 4-H members in their club. Carol, nominated by two youth from her Peel, Ontario 4-H club, will be honoured with the award at the annual 4-H Canada Leadership Awards held virtually on Feb. 22, 2021.

In her 29-year tenure with 4-H, Carol has organized over 65 clubs for Peel 4-H members, providing opportunities for youth to explore their interests whether related to agriculture, conservation or, most recently during the onset of the COVID pandemic, sewing masks for frontline healthcare workers. Over the years, Carol’s leadership has extended to 4-H governance at both the regional and provincial level. As a result of her tireless efforts, Carol has profoundly enriched the lives of her 4-H youth members.

“I am thrilled to recognize Carol Williams as 4-H Canada’s National Volunteer Leader of the year,” says Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada CEO. “She has provided countless youth with an inclusive environment in which to learn, have fun, and gain lifelong skills, exemplifying what it means to be a 4-H volunteer leader."

“Congratulations to Carol Williams and all the provincial winners for leading by example and making a positive impact in their communities,” said Steve Johnston, Associate Vice-President National Farm Product, The Co-operators. “As long-time sponsors, we are inspired every year by the community leadership demonstrated by 4-H Canada and its members which closely mirrors The Co-operators commitment to improving the well-being and resilience of our communities, particularly among young Canadians.”

In addition to the National winner, 4-H Canada is pleased to announce the following three winners of the Provincial Volunteer Leader of the Year Award:

Dalyse Roberston, Neepawa & Area 4-H Club, Neepawa, Manitoba

Greg Rand, Cornwallis Project 4-H Club, Port Williams, Nova Scotia

Jody Williams, Ellerslie 4-H Club, Ellerslie, Prince Edward Island

To purchase tickets to the 4-H Canada Leadership Awards on Feb. 22, 2021, or for more information, visit 4-h-canada.ca/4hawards.

For more information about the Volunteer Leader of the Year Award, visit 4-h-canada.ca/awards/volunteer.

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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 8,700 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.

About The Co-operators

The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian co-operative with more than $53.3 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies, it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is ranked as a Corporate Knights' Best 50 Corporate Citizen in Canada and listed among the Best Employers in Canada by Kincentric. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca

For more information, media may contact:

Mike Sheeler
Marketing and Communications Director
4-H Canada
613-316-5422
msheeler@4-h-canada.ca