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4-H Canada Youth L.E.A.D. the Way

Recipients of the 2016 4-H Canada Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction Announced

November 03, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – 4-H Canada and CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI), are pleased to announce the 2016 4-H Canada Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction (L.E.A.D.) recipients, four exceptional senior youth members from across Canada who exemplify leadership excellence and academic achievement.

L.E.A.D., 4-H Canada’s most prestigious and highly-sought after scholarship, is made possible through a generous partnership with CN, a long time supporter of 4-H Canada and strong champion for advancing leadership in communities across Canada. This scholarship recognizes four such community leaders each year, outstanding 4-H’ers who epitomize 4-H youth empowerment, and who demonstrate personal and community impact, and leadership excellence in each of 4-H Canada’s four Leadership Development Pillars.  The 2016 4-H Canada L.E.A.D. recipients are:

Community Engagement & Communications L.E.A.D. Recipient - Joshua Power (NL)

Science & Technology L.E.A.D. Recipient - Erinn Jones (AB)

Environment & Healthy Living L.E.A.D. Recipient - Eveline Juce (MB)

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security L.E.A.D. Recipient - Jessica Mayes (MB)

"We are thrilled to once again recognize four exceptional youth leaders who are passionate about making a difference in their clubs, their communities, their country and for the world,” said Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “CN is one of 4-H Canada’s oldest corporate partners and we are proud to be working with a company that shares our values of community service, life-long learning and the importance of empowering youth leaders for a strong and vibrant Canada."

The four recipients announced today were chosen from dozens of qualified and deserving applicants demonstrating both the depth of the 4-H membership and the demand for quality scholarships like this one. This past year, 4-H Canada saw a sixty per cent rise in national scholarship applications, indicating that senior 4-H youth continually strive for excellence and see immense value in opportunities, such as L.E.A.D., that foster the advancement of skills in addition to supporting their advancement as youth leaders.

L.E.A.D. recipients each benefit from a $20,000 scholarship towards their four-year post-secondary studies. They are also matched with a high-impact mentor who plays a leadership role in their industry and community. This mentorship relationship is an important component of the award program and helps L.E.A.D. recipients as they forge their careers.

“CN is proud to support 4-H Canada’s L.E.A.D. program,” said Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President CN Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer. “Congratulations to this year’s recipients - your commitment to leadership and excellence is exemplary.”

The L.E.A.D. scholarship recipients will be available for media interviews at the L.E.A.D. Banquet to be held at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto on November 04, 2016, where the four high profile mentors will also be announced.

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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 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 CN

CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information about CN, visit the company’s website at www.cn.ca

For more information, media may contact:

Elizabeth Jarvis
Director, Marketing and Communications
4-H Canada
Tel: 613-759-1013 ext. 130
Cell: 613-809-7141
ejarvis@4-h-canada.ca   

Kate Fenske
Media Relations for Western Canada &
Manitoba Community Affairs Lead
Tel: 204-934-8388
kate.fenske@cn.ca