Meet the 4-H Canada Board of Directors
The 4-H Canada Board of Directors is a volunteer governance board comprised of individuals from across Canada.
David Hovell, NS
David Hovell of Port Williams, NS, an agri-business booster, wine tourism enthusiast and 4-H activist, operates North America’s only winery tourism destination experience aboard a traditional British double decker bus. He holds a variety of business interests and is a former Executive Director of the Wolfville Business Development Corp. His 4-H history dates back to 1978, as a member of the Cornwallis Project 4-H Club. David has volunteered with 4-H Nova Scotia since 1988. In 2006, he was elected a Trustee of the Canadian 4-H Foundation, later serving as its Chair. David’s proudest moment in his 4-H career was when his daughter, Taylor, joined Cornwallis Project 4-H Club - now he is a 4-H Dad!
Valerie Stone, ON
A graduate of the 4-H program growing up, Valerie was also the Ontario representative on the 4-H Canada Youth Advisory Committee for 3 years. Valerie would like to pass on what she learned in 4-H and continue to bring her passion, enthusiasm, authenticity, and unique perspective to the 4-H Canada Board of Directors.
Donna Bridge, ON
Donna operates a purebred Black Angus cattle farm along with her husband and children. She also manages the Country Depot in Kincardine, ON. Donna’s involvement in 4-H started around the kitchen table growing up, as both her mother and grandmother were club leaders in their local community. Donna credits 4-H with giving her the most amazing opportunities and enjoys working at the national level to help ensure the program is here for many more generations to come.
Brad Adams, ON
Brad joined Semex in 2009 after almost 20 years of leadership in the Canadian feed and livestock industry. In his current position as Semex’s Global Training Manager, Brad has the opportunity to develop talent and work to maximize the skills of Semex’s Global sales teams. From his first 4-H Crops Club through to numerous camps and conferences, Brad attributes much of his success in business and in life to those many years in 4-H. The father of four, Brad and his wife Heather spend their time on the family farm in beautiful Brant County, ON.
Stan Figley, SK
Stan is a heavy equipment operator and runs a ranch in White Bear, SK with his wife, Shelley. He has been a 4-H beef club leader for the Kyle Multiple 4-H Club for 20 years. In addition to being a 4-H Canada board member, Stan also volunteers his time to the Swift Current Ag and Ex Livestock Planning Committee, helping to put on a four-day show that attracts over 150 4-H’ers.
Robert Larsen, PEI
From an early age, Robert, a youth agvocate, has worked on his family’s fourth generation beef farm in Cape Traverse, Prince Edward Island. He has been involved with the Albany Centennial 4-H Club for ten years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of both the Summerside District 4-H Council and the PEI 4-H Council. As a founding member of the 4-H PEI Members Advisory Committee, Robert believes in empowering youth by giving them a vehicle for their voices to be heard. Robert is pursuing a Bachelor of Agriculture Business from Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture. He is excited for his newest opportunity to represent 4-H Canada’s Youth Advisory Committee on the 4-H Canada Board of Directors.
Kim McConnell, AB
Kim McConnell is the founder of AdFarm, one of the largest agricultural marketing communications firms in North America. Kim is a passionate supporter of 4-H Canada, and a director with a number of companies and organizations. Kim was recently appointed a Member to Order of Canada by the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada for his service to his community and country. McConnell was named along with 99 other accomplished Canadians who have contributed in their way to helping and elevating the status of Canadians at home and abroad. Kim has been giving back to his community since his days in the 4-H McConnell Beef Club, the oldest beef club in Canada, out in Hamiota, Manitoba. He is also the recipient of many national business awards, and in 2012 was inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Ida Thomas, ON
Ida Thomas participated in 4-H as a teen and attributes a significant part of her leadership development journey to the opportunities she has had. Today, Ida holds the role of Vice President, Children Teens and Young Adults for the YMCA Canada.
Carlie Whetter, MB
Carlie was raised on a mixed farm in southwestern Manitoba. She was a member of the Kenton Kraftsmen 4-H Club, and a Manitoba 4-H Ambassador as an alumni. Now, as the progressive and innovative head leader of the Alexander 4-H Club, a large multipurpose club, she has adapted and flexed programming to meet the needs of over 40 club members. Carlie has been active in zone, area and provincial associations, most recently as president of Manitoba 4-H Council with her term ending November 2018. Carlie and her husband Darren have 3 kids, all involved in 4-H, and operate a grain farm growing certified seed. Carlie also works part-time as a consultant for a real estate company.
Cassidy Barnert, AB
YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE TO THE BOARD
Cassidy Barnert from Okotoks, AB has been a member of the Millarville Mutts and Mustangs for 14 years where her completed projects included beef, horse and canine. Cassidy’s biggest highlight as a 4-H’er was being one of 10 members across Canada to be selected for the Going Global Service Learning Trip to Ghana in July 2016. Now that her years as a member have come to an end, she has returned as the canine project leader and loves sharing her passion for 4-H with the young 4-H’ers. Aside from 4-H, she is currently starting her own equine therapy business focusing on performance and rehab.
Eugenie Officer, QC
YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE TO THE BOARD
Eugenie has always held a grand passion for agriculture, and the need to promote a positive discourse around it. Through 4-H she believes that all youth are given the tools necessary to feel both empowered and valued within their rural communities. She has been fully involved in 4-H since her start within the organization and has held executive positions at a club level as well as a provincial level in Quebec.
Eugenie is currently pursuing a Bachelor of History with a minor in Agricultural Science at the University of Guelph. She hopes to work in the field of agricultural communications, where she will continue to promote a positive voice for Canadian agriculture.