The Volunteer Leader of the Year Award recognizes the volunteer leaders who are the biggest champions of the 4-H program! With their support and guidance, 4-H members receive outstanding experiences and skills that help them continue to be responsible, caring, and contributing youth who are positively impacting the world around them.

The winning national volunteer receives a prize package including a $1,000 cash prize and registration for the 2024 Leadership Summit. In addition to the winning national volunteer, one leader from each province is selected as the Provincial Volunteer Leader of the Year and receives a $100 cash prize.


Nominations for the 2023 NVLYA are now open!

Nominations must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm ET on September 22, 2023. For more information, please read the nomination guidelines.


Selection Criteria

Selection of the provincial winners and the National Volunteer Leader of the Year is based on a letter describing the 4-H leader’s service to 4-H and the impact they have had, including club involvement, 4-H involvement, community involvement, length of involvement, leadership, and how much the members have learned and developed as a result of the leader.

National Volunteer Leader of the Year

2022 Recipient

Alain Blanchette of New Brunswick’s Irishtown 4-H Club has been named the 2022 4-H National Volunteer Leader of the Year.

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.

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In addition to the 2022 national recipient, 4-H Canada is pleased to announce the following 2022 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

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