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.
Valerie Stone, Ontario
A graduate of the 4-H program growing up, Valerie was also the Ontario representative on the 4-H Canada Youth Advisory Committee for three 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.
Ida Thomas, Ontario
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.
David Hovell, Nova Scotia
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!
Eric Dalke, Alberta
Eric is an agricultural lawyer practicing in Calgary, AB, in the areas of real estate, corporate, tax, and estate planning. He is a proud 4-H alumnus and former member of the Windygates 4-H Beef Club in Manitoba. Eric grew up on a family farm and is passionate about serving clients in the agricultural industry. He attended Queen’s University where he received a B.A. in Political Studies, and then a Juris Doctor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. Eric was called to the Alberta Bar in 2016. He has worked with a national policy organization and parliamentarians on matters important to the agricultural industry.
Robert Larsen, Prince Edward Islan
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.
Kim McConnell, Alberta
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.
Stefanie Nagelschmitz, Ontario
Stefanie works as Farm Show Team Lead and Communications for Canada's Outdoor Shows LP, organizers of Canada's Outdoor Farm Show and Ag In Motion. In 2015, Stefanie seized the opportunity to work as Overlay Site Manager for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games equestrian venues. Stefanie is originally from Middlesex County, ON and a proud alumnus of the Thorndale 4-H livestock clubs. Starting with her 4-H experiences, she strongly believes in the power of youth leadership.
John Ross, Ontario
Carlie Whetter, Manitoba
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.
Eugenie Officer, Quebec
Youth Advisory Committee Representative to the Board
Eugenie is the current 4-H Youth Advisory Committee Representative for Quebec and is one of two YAC representatives on the board. Eugenie is extremely motivated about promoting positive conversations surrounding Canadian Agriculture. She has taken part in many exciting opportunities during her time with 4-H – from participating in the Dairy Club to public speaking and square dancing. After Eugenie’s degree is complete in April 2020, she looks forward to taking the steps to become a 4-H leader.
Brett Rumpel, Saskatchewan
Youth Advisory Committee Representative to the Board
Brett is from Craven, Saskatchewan and has been a member of the Longlaketon Multiple 4-H for 14 years. In addition to her many 4-H project achievements, Brett has also participated in national programs including a Going Global Exchange to Taiwan in 2018 and the Committee on World Food Security Conference in 2019. Not only does Brett have a passion for 4-H, but she is also enthusiastic about agriculture and working with children, leading her to pursue a degree in Plant Ecology from the University of Saskatchewan.