Made up of 12 4-H’ers from across the country, our YAC members help drive the policy and decisions of 4-H Canada by meeting as a committee on a regular basis, making recommendations to 4-H Canada regarding programming, policy development, marketing and communications and representing 4-H Canada at events and conferences.
Each YAC member actively participates in selected working groups to assist 4-H Canada staff in the planning and facilitation of national conferences, act in an advisory capacity to 4-H Canada staff on the development of youth-friendly programs, resources, digital communications and more. Working groups available to YAC members include:
- Two representatives on Board of Directors (non-voting)
- Marketing & Communications Working Group
- Board Representatives and Admissions Working Group
- 4-H Canada Conferences Working Group
- Program & Policy Working Group
YAC member terms last two years with the possibility of renewal for an additional one or two year term.
Meet our YAC:
Sara Kate Smith
A big believer in youth engagement, Sara Kate Smith is a second generation, 11-year 4-H member who is currently attending the University of British Columbia. She is very excited to represent the 4-H program in B.C. as a provincial ambassador and as Youth Advisory Council representative.
Sara Kate’s advocacy for agriculture and passion for public speaking led her to speak at a 2016 TEDx event and prompted her to found Speak Out Loud, a provincial 4-H communications conference. She was a presenter at the 2017 Global 4-H Network Summit and a proud recipient of a 4-H Canada L.E.A.D. Scholarship in 2017 in the Community Engagement & Communications Pillar.
Cassidy Barnert from Okotoks, Alberta 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 a canine project leader and loves sharing her passion for 4-H with young 4-H members. As Alberta’s Youth Advisory Committee representative, Cassidy strives to develop and share strategies for engaging senior members. Aside from 4-H, she is currently starting her own equine therapy business focusing on performance and rehab.
Kody Farrow is the Youth Advisory Committee member from Saskatchewan and is a member of the Herds of Thunder 4-H Club where he is currently taking the drama project. His favourite part of 4-H is getting out and meeting new people through conferences and events. His 4-H highlights include the 2017 Global 4-H Network Summit, being the emcee for 4-H Saskatchewan’s 100th anniversary gala, and attending 4-H Canada’s Members Forum in 2016. Cody is currently completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Saskatchewan. He has a passion for creativity, big ideas, and youth development. When not hanging out with his 4-H friends, you can find Kody on a stage, playing the ukulele, or dancing everywhere he goes.
Madelaine Toupin has been a 4-H’er for 10 years and is currently a member of the University of Manitoba’s Future Leaders 4-H club where she holds the position of Vice President. Madelaine is currently a student at the University of Winnipeg where she is enrolled in the Integrated Education program. Madelaine loves working with children, volunteers her time with an inner-city elementary school, and works part time as a nanny.
Logan Emiry is 4-H Ontario’s newly selected 4-H Youth Advisor. A member of 4-H for nine years, Logan can be spotted at events in his signature 4-H outfits and bursting with enthusiasm. Currently studying Honours Agriculture Science at the University of Guelph, Logan is heavily involved in on-campus activities. As a member of the university’s Canadian Agri-Marketing Association Student Chapter and as a student leader within the Ontario Agriculture College, Logan continues to advocate for 4-H and the agriculture industry. Logan looks forward to bringing his voice to the Youth Advisory Committee and continuing to “Learn to Do by Doing.”
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.
Amy McConchie is in her 14th year with 4-H. She is president of her club, district representative, a member of her provincial board, a provincial fair committee member, and photography leader. This is Amy’s third term as YAC. She currently serves the AGM and Admissions Working Group, and is grateful for the chance to sit on the 4-H Canada Board of Directors.
Amy is in her final year of a bachelor of applied arts degree in Graphic Design at the University of New Brunswick. While in school, Amy works for the NB division of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, travelling around the province and giving presentations. This past year Amy was selected to be the Duke of Edinburgh’s New Brunswick Duke Delegate, representing the province at the national level.
As one the most experienced 4-H’ers in Nouveau-Brunswick, Zackary has helped his provincial council open two clubs in his area of North-West New Brunswick. Within his eight years of being a 4-H’er, Zackary has been a part of multiple clubs, helping expand each of them.
Within his province, Zackary has held many roles and has helped plan and put into action different activities, including annual meetings, summer camps, and more. Zackary is Conseil Francophone 4-H du Nouveau-Brunswick’s first Youth Advisory Committee Member. He plans on going into business administration at UNB with an interest in law afterwards. He discovered his love for administration while working as his provincial 4-H council’s employee.
Ella Lentz is a member of the Newport 4-H club in Hants County, Nova Scotia and the Youth Advisory Committee representative for the province. She has been participating in 4-H for 13 years and is currently involved in five projects. On a provincial level, Ella heads the Nova Scotia Member’s Voice Committee. Ella is a third year undergraduate student at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture where she is taking a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, majoring in Plant Science and minoring in Animal Agriculture. She is a member of the Dal AC Woodsmen and judging teams, as well as Co-Chair of the Maritime Intercollegiate Judging Competition.
Prince Edward Island
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 10 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. He is excited for his newest opportunity to serve as a director on the 4-H Canada Board of Directors.
Robert is pursuing a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) in Agricultural Business from Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture. He plans to return to his family’s farm and agricultural businesses to fulfil a rewarding career in agriculture.
Newfoundland & Labrador
Hailing from the I. Sullivan Memorial 4-H club in Calvert, NL, Josh is a 15th year 4-H’er. He has held a variety of roles in his club, and has attended a variety of events at the provincial, national, and international levels. In addition to YAC, Josh is also a committee member of a youth leadership and social justice group on his campus. He is currently a student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Folklore. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in community engagement, urban planning, or education and counselling.