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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 being accepted until Nov. 10, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Members can request the nomination form by emailing

2020 Honourary Membership Recipients

Duane Bristow, Saskatchewan

Duane Bristow has enjoyed a successful career in the agriculture sector, working for the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool for a number of years, before applying his skills and knowledge to his research consultancy. As a 4-H alumnus, Mr. Bristow continued to dedicate himself to the 4-H movement, playing a prominent role in the expansion of the 4‐H Saskatchewan Centre “Camp Rayner,” and the provincial Centennial Anniversary Celebrations in 2017. At the national level, in addition to being a member of 4-H Canada for nearly three decades, Mr. Bristow has served as a director and chair to the 4-H Canada Board of Directors, and as a trustee and chair of the Canadian 4-H Foundation.

Nancy Orr, Prince Edward Island

Nancy Orr has been a leader both within the 4-H community, and beyond, notably as the first female provincial court judge, and the first female Provincial Chief Judge, and as a distinguished champion of Canadian amateur hockey. Throughout the years, Ms. Orr has served as a role model to youth in her club, and to her fellow 4-H leaders on Prince Edward Island, dedicating her knowledge, time and resources to 4-H, including as Chair of the PEI 4-H Trust. In 2009, Ms. Orr was recognized as 4-H Canada’s National Volunteer Leader of the Year. At both the provincial and national levels, Ms. Orr has been a generous donor to both the 4-H PEI Trust, as well as the Canadian 4-H Foundation.

Read the full 2020 award announcement

Duane and Nancy will receive their award at the 4-H Canada Leadership Awards, which will be held virtually on Feb. 22, 2021.

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