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

Award Recipient

4-H Canada will present the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award at the Virtual 4-H Leadership Awards in February 2021.

The recipient will be recognized alongside other notable award recipients, including the National Volunteer Leader of the Year, L.E.A.D. Scholarship Recipients, and Honourary Member.


Nominations open Oct. 16 and will be accepted online until Nov. 3, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Selection Criteria

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

  • Demonstrated 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 future generations;
  • Experience as a 4-H youth member. The nominee does not currently need to be involved with 4-H.

Read the award overview for more information on recipient selection.

Past Recipients

Gord Bamford, Alberta - 2020

Gord Bamford

Gord Bamford was presented with the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2020 4-H Leadership Awards in Ottawa, ON on Feb. 10, 2020. Read the award announcement.

Elain Froese, Manitoba - 2019

Elaine Froese received the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award

Elaine Froese was presented the first-ever Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2019 4-H Leadership Awards in Saskatoon, SK on Jan. 31, 2019. Read the award announcement.

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