The National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award recognizes the volunteer leaders who are the biggest champions of the 4-H program! With their support and guidance, 4-H members receive outstanding experiences and skills that help them continue to be responsible, caring and contributing youth who are positively impacting the world around them.
The winning national volunteer receives a prize package including a $1,000 cash prize and registration for the 2022 Leadership Summit. In addition to the winning national volunteer, one leader from each province is selected as the Provincial Volunteer Leader of the Year and receives a $100 cash prize, as well as $100 towards a celebratory party for their club.
Nominations for the 2021 National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award are open from Sept. 13 to Nov. 30, 2021. Read our nomination guidelines here.
Selection of the provincial winners and the National Volunteer Leader of the Year is based on a letter describing the 4-H leader’s service to 4-H and the impact they have had, including club involvement, 4-H involvement, community involvement, length of involvement, leadership, and how much the members have learned and developed as a result of the leader.
Carol Williams, Peel 4-H Club, Ontario
In her 29-year tenure with 4-H, Carol Williams has organized over 65 clubs for Peel 4-H members, providing opportunities for youth to explore their interests whether related to agriculture, conservation or, most recently during the onset of the COVID pandemic, sewing masks for frontline healthcare workers. Over the years, Carol’s leadership has extended to 4-H governance at both the regional and provincial level. As a result of her tireless efforts, Carol has profoundly enriched the lives of her 4-H youth members.
Carol, nominated by two youth from her Peel, Ontario 4-H club, will be honoured with the award at the annual 4-H Canada Leadership Awards held virtually on Feb. 22, 2021.
2020 Provincial Volunteer Leaders of the Year
Dalyse Roberston, Neepawa & Area 4-H Club, Manitoba
Greg Rand, Cornwallis Project 4-H Club, Nova Scotia
Jody Williams, Ellerslie 4-H Club, Prince Edward Island