The Ambassador Beat : James Gilchrist

2020 4-H Ontario Ambassador hopes for the year

Hi all my name is James Gilchrist and I am one of the 2020 4-H Ontario Ambassadors. I have been in 4-H since I was 10 making this my 12th and final year of 4-H. During my time in 4-H I have completed about 25 clubs. Every year I have completed a Dairy Calf project, but I have also completed an assortment of other clubs such as demo derby, explore 4-H, a variety of life skills projects, plowing, tractor safety and sporting chance. After my first provincial leadership camp, Future Leaders in Action (FLIA), I came back wanting to get more involved in 4-H whether it’s on a club level as a youth leader or a provincial level like becoming a 4-H Ontario Ambassador. 

Hopes for the year as a 4-H Ontario Ambassador

During my year as a 4-H Ontario Ambassador I really want to get out to interact with the with the community, to let the public learn about 4-H and help the 4-H community become more passionate about 4-H. I’m really excited about all the events that have been booked for the ambassadors so far and those that are still coming in. There are several events coming up that I’m very excited for such as the Discovery Days in Emo (Region 1) as it will be the farthest west I have traveled in Canada. I will get to see what 4-H is like for those in northern Ontario. As well I’m pumped for the FS golf tournament in June because it will be the first golf tournament I have ever attended. I will get to meet the sponsors and learn more about FS. Another thing I am eager to see while attending camps and events is to get to see the next generation of 4-H members. Hopefully I can help ignite their love and dedication to 4-H much like the camps and facilitators of the camps that I attended did for me.

Along with the camps and events we will be attending as 4-H Ontario Ambassadors, we need to complete a community engagement project. This project is meant for 4-H Ontario Ambassadors to get out in our communities to make a difference and to promote 4-H and what its about. I have several ideas in mind for my community engagement project, but you will have to stay tuned to see what it is I will be doing

New this year, the 4-H Ontario Ambassadors will be on Instagram and I can say that we are all super excited about it. We will be chronicling our lives as 4-H Ontario Ambassadors and keeping you up to date on where we’ve been, what we have done. Please check us out on Instagram @4honambassaors

 

The Ambassador Beat: Allison French

Five Reasons Why YOU Should Attend Provincial Opportunities

            Are you on the edge about whether to attend provincial opportunities that are offered through 4-H? Nervous? Scared? Or do not know what to expect? These are all perfectly normal feelings and by the end of this article I hope those nervous vibes have changed into the feelings of excitement for the next provincial opportunity you can attend.

Reason #1 Meeting people from across the province. Once you arrive at either a camp, conference or provincial competition, everyone is in the same boat. It’s like the first day of school again; new faces and new people to get to know. People come from across the province to attend these opportunities giving you the chance to have friends from Windsor to Ottawa and even all the way up to Rainy River. Over the next few days these new people will become part of your 4-H family and more importantly, your friends. Bringing us to reason number two.

Reason # 2 FriendshipsAt these opportunities, you will make new friends and in turn, find friendly faces at other events and programs. The more people you meet at provincial opportunities, the more connections you will make for the future whether it be post-secondary or other provincial events.

Reason #3 Making lifelong memories. With your new 4-H family, you will share experiences that only you can relate to and look back and laugh at. These memories are what make camps, conferences and competitions so special.

Reason #4 Building everyday skills while having fun! At these provincial events you will have the opportunity to build upon your basic skills like teamwork, communication, leadership and goal setting through fun, hands-on activities. By working as a team, you will grow stronger friendships while building your own skills. As well as everyday skills, you will be given the chance to improve your public speaking. Leading us into the number five reason to attend provincial opportunities.

Reason #5 Gain confidence when speaking. Without even realizing it, you will be speaking in front of a small group of people at these opportunities that will give you practice in a positive and encouraging environment.

For all these reasons and more, you should attend all provincial opportunities that are available to you!

Did I mention that there is always great food there?

 

The Prince Edward 4-H Association Tree Sale – A True Example of Learning To Do By Doing

By Laura Squires

All 4-H’ers, no matter if you are a member, volunteer or alumni, know the importance of ‘Learn To Do By Doing’. Because of this, it’s no surprise that when the Prince Edward 4-H Association hosted their second Tree Sale Fundraiser they were completely sold out in less then an hour!

With the help of a dozen 4-H members and volunteers, the Prince Edward 4-H Association sold 1375 trees and raised about $1,700 to support their association. The 4-H members hand out the seedlings and label the trees, so people know what they bought, and the volunteers help set up and organize the sale and clean up.

“We provide a service for the environment and it gives 4-H members and volunteers a chance to work together as a team,” says Lynn Ward, Prince Edward 4-H Association Board Member.  “Everyone learns about the seedlings and where they grow and because of this, become more concerned about the environment,” says Lynn.

The Prince Edward 4-H Association started doing the tree sale in 2018 after the Prince Edward Land Stewardship had difficulty recruiting volunteers for their committee and asked if 4-H would be interested in taking it over. Lynn took part in the 4-H Forestry Club as a member and had helped the Land Stewardship with the sale in 2017, so she thought it would be a great opportunity to not only raise funds for the Prince Edward 4-H Association, but to help the environment and provide 4-H youth with a chance to help their community.

In their first year, Prince Edward 4-H took two days to sell out of trees and after some review and evaluation, made changes to help the event become more successful. They changed some of the species of seedlings they sold, decreased the number of trees on their order, and promoted the fundraiser on social media and through the local newspaper. This year they sold even more trees in less time! Now that’s ‘learning to do by doing’ at its finest!

Prince Edward 4-H is looking forward to their next fundraiser. Mark your calendars, the 2020 Prince Edward 4-H Association Tree Sale will take place on Saturday May 2!