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Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction (L.E.A.D.)

L.E.A.D. – Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction – recognize outstanding 4-H’ers who show 4-H values in the way they live their lives. The awards honour youth who have become exceptional leaders through their 4-H experience, and who share the best of themselves with their community.

Four L.E.A.D. recipients are selected each year, one for each of 4-H Canada’s Leadership Development pillars.

Each L.E.A.D. recipient receives:

  • A $20,000 scholarship for higher education ($5,000 annually for up to four years)
  • An all-expenses-paid trip to attend the 4-H Leadership Awards
  • Ongoing mentorship from an expert in their field of study
  • The opportunity to be a 4-H L.E.A.D. spokesperson

4-H Canada is proud to partner with CN in offering this distinguished award and is grateful for their support of youth in rural communities across Canada.

Applications for 4-H Canada' L.E.A.D. scholarships closed May 31, 2019.

Read the application guidelines for this scholarship.

Meet the 2018 L.E.A.D. recipients

News Release: 4-H Canada announces four recipients of highly sought-after L.E.A.D. scholarship

News Release: 4-H Canada announces the mentors to the recipients of the 2018 Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction

McAuley Bellows, Newfoundland

Hi! I’m McAuley Bellows, a third-generation 4-H member from the Summerside 4-H Rockets in Western Newfoundland. During my 13 years in 4-H, I have taken on several leadership roles including Junior Leader, camp counsellor, Club Vice President and Club President.

I have had the honour of representing my province in several national 4-H travel programs and was chosen as a delegate for the Premier’s Youth Council to represent the youth of rural Newfoundland and Labrador.

I am an active and busy volunteer in my school and community. I believe in giving back to those who have given me so much and helped shape me into the person I am today.

I am planning to attend Memorial University to attain an Undergraduate Degree in Business Administration and then continue my studies to obtain a Degree in the Faculty of Law.

McAuley's mentor is Ian Thompson, Executive-in-Residence at the Atlantic Canadian law firm, Cox & Palmer.

Emma Kaliel, Alberta

Hi! I’m Emma Kaliel from Westlock County in rural Alberta, and I was a member of the Double Diamond 4-H Multi Club for eight years. I have had the pleasure of attending many district, regional, provincial and national 4-H events, including a memorable Club to Club Exchange to Nova Scotia in 2016.

An avid reader, I have a keen interest in social issues such as reconciliation with our Indigenous people, LGBTQ rights, and empowerment of women in the workplace. In 2017, I had an amazing experience as a student researcher at the University of Alberta for the Women in Scholarship Engineering Science and Technology (WISEST) Summer Research Program.

I will attend the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Engineering next year while continuing to stay involved in 4-H activities and other volunteer roles in my community. Coming from four generations of farm families, I want to use my education to develop innovative agricultural technologies.

Emma's mentor is Erin Thorp, professional engineer, certified coach and published author.

Audrey Morneau, Quebec

Bonjour! Je m’appelle Audrey Morneau. I have always been passionate about agriculture and spent my summers working on my family’s dairy farm in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

I have been a 4-H member since 2013. In 4-H, I am grateful to have found a caring environment in which I can nurture my enthusiasm for agriculture, fairs, and show animals.

Motivated by a desire to do good things in the world, at the age of 13 I organized my first fundraiser – a horse show to raise money for a charity that helps critically ill children to realize their dreams. The following year I repeated the event and doubled the amount raised.

This year, my goal was even more ambitious: creating and organizing a local “Legendairy” show, which raised $7,200 for an organization dedicated to farmers’ mental health. 

I will be pursuing post-secondary agricultural studies in the fall and am keen to share my positive vision for the agriculture industry.

Audrey's mentor is Crystal Mackay, president of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity.

Emmett Sawyer, Alberta

Hello there – I’m Emmett Sawyer. I grew up on a grain and cattle farm west of Acme, Alberta. I’m a 4-H Alberta Ambassador for the Calgary Region and a past member of the Swalwell 4-H Club.

In 2018, I was the Alberta Provincial Public Speaking Champion, and am looking forward to representing Alberta at the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition in Toronto in November. 

I feel very fortunate to have been raised in such a fantastic and supportive rural community. This fall I am heading into my first year at the University of Lethbridge, enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Studies. 

I had the honour of being named a Canadian Seed Trade Association Future Influencer at the 2016 Grow Canada Conference. A passionate agvocate, I was part of a recent ad campaign with Ag More Than Ever’s “Be Somebody,” and am excited to see how the agriculture and agri-food industry will continue to evolve.

Emmett's mentor is Bill Buckner, former Senior Vice-President at Cargill Inc.

Past L.E.A.D. Recipients

2017 L.E.A.D. recipients
2016 L.E.A.D. recipients
2015 L.E.A.D. recipients