The Ambassador Beat : Caitlyn Kolb

My Club to Club Exchange to Alberta

In 2017 I was lucky enough to participate in a 4-H Club to Club Exchange to Consort, Alberta, and to this day that is one of my most memorable 4-H experiences…

Myself, along with eight other members from my association and two chaperones got to travel to Consort, Alberta. We started off our trip by meeting our host families and getting comfortable in our new homes for the week. Each of us were paired up with a “twin” who we lived with for the week. It was a neat experience for us from Ontario because our homes are all in town or on the outskirts of town where we have a quick drive to get groceries or don’t have to drive far to a city for a day trip. However, in Consort it was the norm to drive 2 hours just to get groceries! So, for us that really was the middle of nowhere!

During our time in Alberta, we visited the Drumheller dinosaur museum, went to Capt Ayr lake for a day, and even toured a honey and bison farm! Some of my favourite memories included going to a rodeo in Vermillion and spending a night in a cabin in Banff! There were endless opportunities to learn a little more about a new province and to interact with new people.

Two girls standing in front of tourist spot in Alberta

I think the most amazing part of this experience were the amazing friends and connections I made through this exchange. I still keep in contacts with many of the 4-H members from Consort and have even been back to visit them three more times! I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity and for the friends it has given me.

Group of youth walking down rocky cliff in summer time             To any 4-H’ers considering participating in a Club-to-Club Exchange I would highly recommend going. It was an amazing opportunity that has benefited me in so many ways!


Meet Andrew: A 4-H Adventurer

Andrew Chechalk is a 4-H Ontario Member who will be embarking on a great adventure this summer! He’s traveling to South Korea through the W. Garfield Weston Foundation 4-H International Exchange. Andrew graciously offered to share his 4-H exchange story on 4-H Folklore. Before Andrew goes on this incredible journey, he wanted to introduce himself to the Folklore readers and share a little bit of his personal 4-H story. Read on to learn more about Andrew, and look for his W. Garfield Weston Foundation 4-H International Exchange blog post this August.

My name is Andrew Chechalk and I am one of this year’s delegates selected to travel with the W. Garfield Weston Foundation 4-H International Exchange. I have been asked to write about my time in South Korea and thought I would introduce myself first.

Andrew Chechalk
Andrew Chechalk, a Niagara 4-H Member

I have been a Member of Niagara 4-H for 10 years now and have completed 56 Clubs, everything from cooking, sewing, knitting, ploughing to goat, sheep and beef. I always say to my friends I could survive so well as someone from 1800′s with the skills I have learned. I have won many awards from the Ontario Ploughmans Award for Top Agriculture Member to the Top Showman in Niagara (twice once for each of my brothers, who never won it). Outside of 4-H I am currently at Lakehead University in my second year studying Business with a major in Accounting.

My entire family is part of 4-H Niagara in some sort. My father is the President, my mom is a 25 year Volunteer, both of my brothers have graduated and are now Leaders and my little sister is in her third year of 4-H. People always tell my mother that her house is so fun and crazy because of how often we are doing 4-H activities.

Andrew and family
Andrew and his family. From left to right is Jon, Josh, Andrew, Ann Marie, Mike and Katie Chechalk.

Of all things I have done in 4-H, the W. Garfield Weston Foundation 4-H International Exchange will truly be the crowning moment. I was selected as one of a few lucky Members across Canada to travel to different parts of the world. I am really looking forward to this trip and I will be jetting off on July 3rd, 2012!