Ottawa, Ontario – Nov. 23, 2022 – Alain Blanchette of New Brunswick’s Irishtown 4-H Club has been named the 2022 4-H National Volunteer Leader of the Year.

Proudly sponsored by Co-operators, the National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award recognizes a leader whose dedication and passion for engaging and empowering youth has made a lasting, positive impact on the lives of the 4-H members in their club.

A 4-H leader for over 30 years, Alain has an infectious enthusiasm for agriculture and the 4-H movement in Canada. He sits on several provincial 4-H committees, and volunteers as a dairy committee member for The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. In this capacity, he has been instrumental in bringing New Brunswick’s 4-H Dairy Team to take part in the Royal for 25 years.

He is an exceptional leader who has not only enriched the lives of the members of his 4-H club, but the lives of youth in agriculture across the province. Alain was nominated by a fellow club leader in his Irishtown 4-H Club in New Brunswick, and will be honoured at the annual 4-H Canada Leadership Awards held virtually on Feb. 28, 2023.

“Volunteers are the backbone of 4-H,” said Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada Chief Executive Officer. “I am delighted to recognize Alain Blanchette as 4-H Canada’s National Volunteer Leader of the Year. Alain has showcased the lasting impact 4-H has on youth through leading by example. His hands-on involvement in the 4-H community has been key to empowering youth to become actively involved in agricultural programs.”

For Co-operators, Alain embodies the values that have been part of the organization since it was founded to serve the unmet needs of farmers more than 76 years ago.

“We’re proud to continue our support of 4-H in its mission to empower youth across the country to create positive change in their communities,” says Greg Laidman, Associate Vice President of Farm Product at Co-operators. “We’re thrilled to congratulate Alain, as this year’s National Volunteer Leader of the Year award recipient. His intrepid leadership and dedication to building a thriving community are reflective of the co-operative values we champion, and we applaud his tireless effort.”

In addition to the National recipient, 4-H Canada is pleased to announce the following recipients of the Provincial Volunteer Leader of the Year Award:

  • Joyce Kelly, Edson 4-H Multi Club, Alberta
  • Dr. Kathy Wilkins, Northumberland 4-H Veterinary Club, Ontario
  • Amanda Hamilton-Seward, Windygates 4-H Beef Club, Manitoba
  • Gillian MacDougall, Shawville 4-H Club, Quebec
  • Gail Wallace, Kensington 4-H Club, Prince Edward Island
  • Christine Moutray, Vanderhoof 4-H District Council, British Columbia
  • Shawn Bartel, Carlton Trail 4-H Club, Saskatchewan

These volunteers will be recognized at the annual 4-H Canada Leadership Awards on Feb. 28, 2023. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit 4-h-canada.ca/4hawards.

For more information about the Volunteer Leader of the Year Award, visit 4-h-canada.ca/awards/volunteer.

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Alain Blanchette of Salisbury, NB, has been named the 4-H Canada National Volunteer Leader of the Year for 2022 in recognition of his 30 as a 4-H leader. He is an exceptional leader who has not only enriched the lives of the members of his 4-H club, but the lives of youth in agriculture across the province. Alain will be honoured at the annual 4-H Canada Leadership Awards held virtually on Feb. 28, 2023, hosted by Jon Montgomery.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Alain Blanchette

About 4-H Canada

For over 100 years, 4-H Canada has been one of the most highly respected positive youth development organizations in Canada. 4-H in Canada has close to 23,500 members and more than 8,700 volunteer leaders. Our goal is to help young Canadians “Learn To Do By Doing” in a safe, inclusive and fun environment. We believe in nurturing responsible, caring and contributing youth leaders who are committed to positively impacting their communities across Canada and around the world. To learn more about 4-H Canada, please visit 4-h-canada.ca and follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

About Co-operators

Co-operators is a leading Canadian financial services co-operative, offering multi-line insurance and investment products, services, and personalized advice to help Canadians build their financial strength and security. The company has more than $61.5 billion in assets under administration. Co-operators has been providing trusted guidance to Canadians for the past 76 years. The organization is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. Achieving carbon neutral equivalency in 2020, the organization is committed to net-zero emissions in its operations and investments by 2040, and 2050, respectively. Co-operators is also ranked as a Corporate Knights' Best 50 Corporate Citizen in Canada. For more information, please visit: www.cooperators.ca.

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Lori Barron
Director of Communications
4-H Canada
613.316.5422
lbarron@4-h-canada.ca

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