The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the outstanding leadership and contributions of 4-H alumni to our communities, country, and world.
Nominations for the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award close on Nov. 10, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET. For more information, please read the award overview.
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, service, loyalty, 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.
2020 Award Recipient
The Honourable Lyle Vanclief, Ontario
Since the age of 12, Mr. Vanclief has embodied 4-H’s values, dedicating himself to hands-on learning as a 4-H member, and then 4-H club leader, as well as in his service to various organizations in his community of Prince Edward County, Ontario. His leadership in the agriculture sector, in crop sciences and as a farmer, led him to a career as an elected official, serving as a Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings from 1988 to 2004. During this time, Mr. Vanclief notably held the role of Minister of Agriculture from 1997 to 2003.
In their tireless commitment to upholding 4-H youth leadership, Mr. Vanclief and his wife, Sharon, established the Canadian 4-H Foundation’s Lyle and Sharon Vanclief Leadership Endowment Fund, which supports the annual attendance of ten 4-H youth members to the US National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C.
As part of his distinguished career, Mr. Vanclief has also been named a Distinguished Agrologist by the Ontario Institute of Agrologists, a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, and was inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2010.
4-H Canada will present the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award at the 4-H Canada Leadership Awards on February 22, 2021. The recipient will be recognized alongside other notable award recipients, including the L.E.A.D. Scholarship Recipients, National Volunteer Leader of the Year, and Honourary Member.
Gord Bamford, Alberta - 2020
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.
Elaine Froese, Manitoba - 2019
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.