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 2018, each of 4-H Ontario’s Ambassadors will submit blog entries about their experiences in the program. The 4-H Ontario Ambassador Program is sponsored by FS.
Submitted by Lyndsay Dickson, 4-H Ontario Youth Ambassador from Leeds 4-H Association
2017 was a year of growth for me. A year that taught me to say “yes” to new adventures, taught me how rewarding experiences can be and taught me how to navigate on my own.
January 2017 – I was selected as a 2017 4-H Ontario Ambassador, an experience that has changed my life!
February 2017 – We celebrated success, as we were officially welcomed as ambassadors at the 2017 Ambassador Reception.
Shannon, Sierra, Nicole, Robert, Sarah, and I gathered with family and friends by our sides in Guelph as we were welcomed as the 4-H Ontario Ambassadors for 2017.
March 2017 – I began a social media feed to share my year as an Ambassador.
You can find my adventures as a 4-H Ontario Ambassador on Twitter, under the handle @dicksonlyndsay.
April 2017 – I attended the 2017 National Holstein Convention in Richmond Hill, Ontario as part of the Young Leaders Program.
May 2017 – I moved out!
After nearly 20 years of living under my parents’ roof, I found a place to call my own and moved out to start a new adventure of life on my own.
June 2017 – My first event as an Ambassador!
My first event as a 4-H Ontario Ambassador was the UPI Energy Invitational Golf Tournament.
July 2017 – My first 4-H dairy show of the season was a success!
My first 4-H dairy show of the season was the EastGen Showcase held in Spencerville. I was lucky enough to walk away with 6th Senior Heifer and Top Quiz.
August 2017 – I found out that the first heifer I owned is pregnant and due in March 2018!
I have my own prefix with Holstein Canada, Experience Holsteins. I own one heifer, Rockaberry Mogul Experience. I found out that she is expecting her first calf, which is also the first calf to carry the Experience Holsteins name in March 2018!
September 2017 – I had the pleasure of visiting Niagara Falls for the first time.
Fellow ambassador Sierra Stanley and I visited the beautiful Niagara Falls together following the UPI Energy FS Launch Party.
October 2017 – I celebrated my 21st birthday!
As all senior 4-H’ers will know; what your 21st birthday really means, is it’s almost the end of their 4-H career! 2018 will mark my final year as a 4-H member.
November 2017 – I attended my 5th consecutive TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic as an exhibitor.
I had the pleasure of representing the Leeds 4-H Association at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, held in Toronto every November, at the TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic. 2017 was my 5th consecutive year being a member of the Leeds team.
December 2017 – I celebrated the holidays with family and friends.
I am forever grateful for the amazing opportunity representing 4-H Ontario as an Ambassador for 2017. Thank you FS for this opportunity!
Once an Ambassador, Always an Ambassador.