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Honourary Members

Proudly sponsored by Farm Credit Canada, 4-H Canada’s Honourary Membership recognizes individuals who have embodied 4-H values through their life and have delivered outstanding services to one or more levels of the organization.

The recognition was created in 1950 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to 4-H in Canada. Honourary Members are nominated by Members of 4-H Canada and approved by the Board of Directors.


Nominations for Honourary Members are not currently being accepted for 2023. Stay tuned for more information!

Selection Criteria

The nominee must have one or more of the following:

  • Involvement at one or more levels of 4-H in Canada for a minimum of 10 years.
  • Involvement in any capacity of 4-H, whether as a volunteer, professional, or in another capacity.
  • Demonstrated significant initiative, leadership, and a positive impact on 4-H.

2022 Recipient

Shirley Barnable, Newfoundland and Labrador

4-H Canada has recognized Shirley Barnable (Newfoundland and Labrador) as a lifetime Honourary Member for her contributions to the 4-H movement in Canada. The prestigious 4-H Canada Honourary Membership is bestowed upon individuals who have been dedicated and passionate contributors to the 4-H movement in Canada.

A name synonymous with the 4-H community across Newfoundland and Labrador, Shirley is the epitome of service that creates a lasting impact for the youth around her.

Shirley played an active role in executive changes in the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial 4-H organization and was elected as co-chair of the provincial council. Shirley also became chair for 4-H Newfoundland and Labrador, and in this capacity, helped advance the 4-H movement across Canada through her involvement with national committees, advising strategic planning, and helping develop national programs and resources.

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