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Distinguished Alumni Award

4-H Canada is looking for outstanding 4-H alumni who have made a significant, positive impact on the world around them.

The 4-H Canada Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the outstanding leadership and contribution of 4-H alumni to their communities and the greater world around them.

4-H Canada presented the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2020 Leadership Awards in Ottawa, Ontario on February 10, 2020

2019 Recipient

Gord Bamford, Alberta

Gord Bamford

Gord Bamford stands as one of the most decorated artists in Canadian country music with 26 Canadian Country Music Association awards, several JUNO nominations, and two CMA Global Country Artist awards. 

But it’s his work off stage that demonstrates the 4-H values he embodies. Bamford has used his success to create opportunities to effect positive change in youth through the work of the Gord Bamford Foundation, which has generated over $4 million for charities. Each year, the Foundation supports 10 to 15 charities, who focus on Canadian communities and kids.

Bamford credits his participation in his local 4-H club for his strong sense of commitment and speaks highly of the personal growth the program offered him.

Read the full award announcement


Nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award will open in the summer of 2020.

Selection Criteria

The award recipient will be selected by a panel of reviewers based on these criteria:

  • Demonstration of leadership and contributions to their field and the world
  • Being an outstanding role model of 4-H values (critical thinking, caring, service, and healthy living) and support for the future generation
  • Experience as a 4-H youth member. The nominee does not currently need to be involved with 4-H.

Past Recipients

Elaine Froese received the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award

4-H Canada presented the first-ever Distinguished Alumni Award to Elaine Froese at the 2019 Leadership Awards in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on January 31, 2019.

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