The 4-H Ontario Ambassador program provides youth with advanced level training in leadership, citizenship, communications and public relations. Ambassadors put their energy and 4-H experiences to work recruiting new members and sharing the 4-H story. Throughout 2014, each of 4-H Ontario’s six Ambassadors will submit blog entries about their experiences in the program. The 4-H Ontario Ambassador program is proudly sponsored by GROWMARK, Inc. and UPI Energy LP. For more info on the Ambassador program click here. To book an Ambassador for you event please complete the request form.
Submitted by Sarina Goodfellow, 4-H Ontario Ambassador, Lennox & Addington Association
Representing 4-H has to be one of the greatest things to do. Being a 4-H Ambassador and going to different events and spreading the word of 4-H is a great opportunity where you get to meet new people and creat lifelong friends.
I started 4-H when I was 11 years old. I had told my parents that I really wanted a rabbit and that I was going to join 4-H and show it. So after a lot of convincing they gave in and got me a rabbit. So i kept my end of the deal and joined 4-H and it was the best decision I have ever made! I started out by just joining the vet and rabbit clubs. After that I started joining more clubs each year and attending local and regional events such as Discovery Days and Napanee Fair. I then continued to become a youth leader in my county and still attended events such as Go For The Gold, Judge It Day and Ignite Leadership! I also joined my county’s board, which I have now been on for two years and has also been a great experience. All of these things have contributed to me being able to become an Ambassador.
As an Ambassador I have been fortunate enough to attend events provincially, regionally and locally. Some events I have attended have been Colborne Family Day, both of the Ontario 4-H Foundation Golf-East and Golf-West Tournaments, the UPI Invitational Golf Tournament, McPherson Pioneer Day, Discovery Days and Region 3 Judge It Day. I have enjoyed every event I have attended and they were all a great chance to meet new people and make new connections.
I believe being an aAbassador has allowed me to inspire others to take every opportunity possible because you just never know where it might lead you! I encourage everyone, whether you’re a volunteer or member, to try to make a difference in someone’s life or to take a chance and go out of your comfort zone to make a difference because in the end it will be worth it.