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National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award

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.

Meet the 2021 Recipient

Sandra Duchak, Gainsborough Combined 4-H Club, Manitoba

Sandra DuchakSandra is a testament to the Award’s aim to recognize the critical role volunteer leaders play in guiding, supporting, and empowering 4-H members to become responsible and contributing leaders themselves. She is known for always being the first person to sign up to lend her time, energy, and expertise with 4-H club communications, fundraising initiatives, and activities of all kinds, from camps to crafts to sports.

Read the full award announcement

Sandra will be honoured with the award at the annual 4-H Canada Leadership Awards held virtually on Feb. 23, 2022.

2021 Provincial Volunteer Leaders of the Year

Angela Letendre, Boreal Rangers Outdoor Adventure 4-H Club, Saskatchewan

Caitlin MacDougall, Ormstown 4-H Club, Quebec

Carol Pollock, Wellington County 4-H Club, Ontario

Ross Stafford, Spring House 4-H Club, British Columbia

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Selection Criteria

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.


Nominations for the 2022 National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award will open in fall 2022. Stay tuned for more information.

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