Submitted by: Evelyn Chambers
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Canada 150 Community awards hosted by Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Brock MP Jamie Schmale. In recognition of Canada’s 150 Celebrations each MP was given the opportunity to recognize and honour outstanding individuals and organizations for their work in the community. There were 15 award categories ranging from Arts, Entrepreneurship, Good Neighbours, First Responders, Older Adults, Natural Resources and including Youth services.
Among the individuals and groups honoured (which also included a 10 member band whose members’ age is 90 years and the oldest is 103,) MP Jamie Schmale selected Kawartha Lakes Haliburton 4-H Association as one of the award recipients citing the community involvement and education and the opportunity for youth to learn valuable lifelong skills. It was a proud moment for me to see 4-H honoured and recognized in this way and among so many other honorees from across the constituent.
For those of who attended the Global Summit and heard keynote speaker Krista Scaldwell speak about ‘applesauce moments’ – those times, when you are sitting in your rocking chair eating applesauce, that you will remember. Suffice to say, last night was one of those moments for me.
While certainly proud of my local 4-H Association and all the volunteers involved in making the KLH 4-H program sustainable and successful, I am equally proud to be part of the bigger organization of 4-H Ontario as we continue to build the 4-H program provincially.