An Amazing Display of 4-H Pride

O, the month of November, such a marvelous time to celebrate 4-H pride. With 4-H Month and National “Show Your 4-H Colours Day”, there is no shortage of opportunities to sport some green and scream your love for 4-H from the mountain tops, figuratively speaking of course.

This past month, 4-H love was buzzing all across the province. 4-H member Victoria Kyle from Brant and her friend Elizabeth Bruce from Oxford put a 4-H spin on the University of Guelph’s tradition of painting the cannon in the center of campus. On November 7, they fully decorated the cannon in 4-H green for “Show Your 4-H Colours Day”.

U of G Cannon
The University of Guelph cannon in 4-H green

Sudbury 4-H also got their green on with a 4-H Month celebration party featuring a custom made Dairy Queen ice cream cake. They would like to extend a big thanks to Dairy Queen, J.J. and Tina Anderson for donating the cake.

Sudbury 4-H Members
Sudbury 4-H’rs celebrate with a custom made DQ cake

In the 4-H Ontario provincial office, Executive Director Wraychel Horne was rocking some edgy green hair to show her 4-H pride.

Wraychel Horne with Green Hair
Wraychel Horne sports green hair for 4-H Month

Wraychel sported green highlights for the entire month of November. You can read more about the story behind the hair here >. And, of course, the 4-H Ontario staff all rocked their green on “Show Your 4-H Colours Day”.

Staff Show Their 4-H Colours
4-H Ontario staff showing their 4-H pride

On a national level, on November 7, adorned in green, the Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz declared November 7 as National 4-H Day. He was quoted on saying “We have a long history of supporting 4-H clubs across Canada and I am proud to show my 4-H pride today and every day. I encourage every Canadian to support Canada’s youth by wearing green this November 7.”

What a great month for 4-H! It was amazing to see 4-H’rs across the country unite to collectively show their 4-H pride.

The Lasting Effects of a 4-H Experience

Hello Everyone! My name is Robyn Cox and I’m the new Communications Intern for 4-H Ontario working on a volunteer contract. I’m a recent graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Media in the Public Interest program and I am really excited to keep you updated about the happenings at 4-H Ontario. It’s amazing to hear about the great experiences and abilities people have gained through their participation with 4-H. Last week I had the opportunity to catch up with a 4-H alumnus, Doug Osborn, and he told me a bit about his history with 4-H.

The Lasting Effects of a 4-H Experience
By Robyn Cox

Doug Osborn is an individual who is truly admired for his community involvement and leadership skills. A devoted father with a son and daughter in their early twenties, Doug works as a leading Millwright and has volunteered for various community efforts, including being a Scout leader and a Tai Chi instructor. But for Doug it all started with 4-H.

From ages twelve to eighteen Doug participated in various 4-H clubs in Huron County, including Dairy, Beef, Farm Safety, Farm Machinery, Field Crops, and Gardening clubs. His whole family participated in 4-H; his mother was a volunteer leader throughout her life and his siblings participated in various clubs as well. His experience goes back to a time when there were only two sections in the gardening category of clubs: homemaking and agricultural. Nowadays there are a plethora of different types of gardening clubs including ones directed towards plant-life in the home, plant-life in the yard, plant-life in the field, and even landscaping.

Doug has a lot of great memories from his time with 4-H. One of his fondest memories is of his Dairy Club doing a display using barn board as the background and presenting it at the Western Fair. Shortly thereafter barn board backgrounds became all the rage in 4-H project displays.

In his opinion, 4-H has had a positive lasting effect on him because of the skills he was able to develop as a leader and a communicator. As a club member he was able to hone those abilities through leadership camps, youth leader programs, and youth exchanges. Later on, he further developed those skills as the volunteer leader of a Financial Fitness Club.

A lot of things have changed about 4-H over the years but some very important things remain the same. As he puts it, “4-H will always have a lot to offer individuals in terms of developing interpersonal skills that they will consistently use throughout their lives.” Doug is proud of his accomplishments with 4-H and feels that “it’s a great way to develop usable life skills” no matter where you’re from or what kinds of clubs you’re involved in.

Share Your 4-H Story4-H Ontario’s Alumni program is funded through a Promotional Partnership with Hyland Seeds, including the position of 4-H Ontario’s Coordinator, Alumni Services. Hyland Seeds is passionate about agriculture and believes in supporting the people who are deeply rooted in the agricultural industry; dedication to 4-H is proof of this commitment. Thank you Hyland Seeds!