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Meet the 4-H Youth Who L.E.A.D. the Way

On November 4, 2016, 4-H Canada and CN, were pleased to announce the 2016 4-H Canada Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction (L.E.A.D.) recipients, four exceptional senior youth members from across Canada who exemplify leadership excellence and academic achievement. Below is their reflection on being selected for these prestigious and highly sought-after scholarships as well as remarks from their L.E.A.D. mentors.

Community Engagement & Communications L.E.A.D. Recipient - Joshua Power (NL)

Which of the Leadership Development Pillars are you a L.E.A.D. scholarship recipient for and what makes you passionate about this area?
I feel so passionate about this pillar because building strong communities is an absolute necessity. Communities are important for fostering positive development and helping us reach our full potential. There are far too many issues in this world that tear communities apart but we are capable of accepting each other's differences and coming together as one. Through education, engagement, and awareness, we will grow stronger and I want to be a part of that growth. 

Tell us how you felt when you heard you had been selected as a Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction recipient?
When I got the call from Shannon, I could hardly breathe. I was at a total loss for words because the news really took me by surprise. I just wanted to cry with happiness. I was so excited to tell my mom and my 4-H leaders, because without them, I would have never been capable of receiving this award. 

What advice would you have for anyone who is thinking about applying for this scholarship?
Believe in yourself - I almost didn’t apply because I truly did not believe I could ever achieve something like this. Whether you realize it or not, there are so many things that you do that make you an outstanding leader!

Science & Technology L.E.A.D. Recipient - Erinn Jones (AB)

Which of the Leadership Development Pillars are you a L.E.A.D. scholarship recipient for and what makes you passionate about this area?
I am passionate about solving the world’s challenges in an innovative, logical and hands-on manner. The design and building of projects has always interested me and my participating in the Building Futures program at my high school was a key project that delved my interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Through this program, I helped construct two homes, from the ground up, while being actively involved in each step along the way.

Leading others in projects related to Science & Technology has always been a goal of mine. I hope, through my educational pursuits and career aspirations, to encourage other young women to become involved in STEM disciplines and challenge historic norms in industries primarily dominated by men.

Tell us how you felt when you heard you had been selected as a Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction recipient?
I was completely speechless - it was hard to believe that among the many other applicants I was noticed for my contributions to 4-H, my passion for STEM and leadership in this area. It took me a few days to digest the news, as it felt surreal. I feel extremely honoured and privileged to receive this award. I am proud of my accomplishments and am most appreciative to all the people that encouraged my success thus far: my 4-H leaders, teachers, coaches, mentors, family and friends.

 

Environment & Healthy Living L.E.A.D. Recipient - Eveline Juce (MB)

Which of the Leadership Development Pillars are you a L.E.A.D. scholarship recipient for and what makes you passionate about this area? I have a strong passion for leading an active lifestyle and I am a member of the Biathlon, Nordic and Cross Country Running team at the University of Alberta, Augustana campus. Practicing a healthy lifestyle like daily exercise and a balanced nutritional diet is beneficial to each of us in so many ways. But not only do we need to take care of our bodies, I also believe in taking care of our planet to the same extent. Developing and maintaining more sustainable ways of living are so important for the future growth of our society.

Tell us how you felt when you heard you had been selected as a Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction recipient?
I was absolutely over the moon happy when I had found out I had been one of the recipients! 4-H Canada’s CEO, Shannon Benner, gave me a personal call while I was working at my summer job and I was speechless as soon as she told me. The funny part was that my co-worker knew what had happened as she had listened to me talk about this award all summer.

 

 

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security L.E.A.D. Recipient - Jessica Mayes (MB)

Which of the Leadership Development Pillars are you a L.E.A.D. scholarship recipient for and what makes you passionate about this area?
I grew up in a small town and farm in Manitoba with the agriculture industry as our economic backbone. During the summer, I work as a research associate for a government agriculture research and diversification organization and this area of agriculture really inspires me. I believe that research and innovation is key to obtaining a food secure future and I can’t wait to help tackle these global issues.

Tell us how you felt when you heard you had been selected as a Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction recipient?
When I first learned that I was an award recipient I was in disbelief. This is such an incredible opportunity and it was so amazing to be chosen from other incredible and qualified 4-H members from across Canada. For a while after I received the news, I kept thinking that it was almost too good to be true. I’m very excited and honoured to be one of the recipients of this award.