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Youth Advisory Committee

The 4-H Canada Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), is the national youth voice for 4-H Canada. YAC provides leadership opportunities for outstanding young people from across the country who have been involved in 4-H and want to continue to play a role and contribute to the 4-H movement in Canada. 

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 the 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

British Columbia

A big believer in youth engagement, Sara Kate 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

Alberta

Cassidy 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.

Brett Rumpel

Saskatchewan

Brett is from Craven, Saskatchewan and is a member of the Longlaketon Multiple 4-H. This year marks her thirteenth year in 4-H! On top of her many 4-H project achievements she has also participated in national programs like a Going Global Exchange to Taiwan in the summer of 2018 and is currently a delegate to the 4-H Saskatchewan board of Directors. Brett’s involvement in 4-H has helped her develop into the person she is today, and she shares her passion for 4-H everywhere she goes. Not only does she have a passion for 4-H, but she is also passionate about agriculture and working with children, and is currently pursuing a degree in Agricultural Biology from the University of Saskatchewan.

Madelain Toupin

Manitoba

Madelaine 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

Ontario

Logan 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 Officer

Quebec

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.

Brandon Callahan

New Brunswick

Brandon Callahan has been a member of the River Valley 4-H Club for 12 years. He is currently attending the University of New Brunswick studying history and politics with the aspirations of becoming a lawyer. Brandon says trying to summarize his 4-H experience into a short list of projects and achievements can't begin to touch upon the enormous impact 4-H has had on his life – the things he’s learned and gained in his time as a 4-H’er are reflected in everything he does. 4-H has helped Brandon deepen his connection to his community, inspired him to look after the environment, has made him curious and encouraged him to always look for answers. Brandon wants to remind others that 4-H can bring you to places you never thought possible on your own. He says if there is a single thing he hopes to inspire in others, it’s to embody the message of leadership in 4-H – to help bring out the greatness in others, because it fortifies the greatness in yourself.

Zackary Theriault

Nouveau-Brunswick

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

Nova Scotia

Ella 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.

Sophie MacDonald

Prince Edward Island

Sophie MacDonald has been a member of the Grand River East 4-H Club for 11 years. She can often be found teaching cake decorating to her club’s members and finding new ways for the club to contribute to their community. Sophie sits on the PEI 4-H’s Home Economics Committee, co-chairs the Members Advisory Committee, and is very grateful for the chance to be the Senior Representative on the 4-H PEI Council Board of Directors. Sophie is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science in Biology Degree at the University of Prince Edward Island. Her passion for serving has led her to sit on the board of her local agricultural fairs. 

McAuley Bellows

Newfoundland & Labrador

McAuley has been a dedicated volunteer and 4-H member with the Summerside 4-H Rockets for just over 13 years. With his club, he has held various positions on its executive including President and has won local and provincial 4-H competitions in the demonstration category. McAuley has also completed his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and now continues his education at Memorial University, Grenfell Campus. McAuley is the recipient of the 2018 4-H Canada L.E.A.D. scholarship in the Community Engagement & Communications Pillar.