ROCKWOOD -- On Wed., March 1, 4-H Ontario announced the selection of the six new 4-H Ontario Ambassadors who will represent the organization across the province in 2017. Shannon Desjardins, Lyndsay Dickson, Nicole French, Robert McKinlay, Sarah Mutton and Sierra Stanley were chosen by a panel of judges, including two from sponsors Growmark and UPI Energy, at the 4-H Ontario head office in Rockwood.
Coming from Prince Edward 4-H Association in Region 3, Shannon Desjardins has been a 4-H member for 11 years and completed more than 112 projects. During her tenure, Shannon has attended various 4-H opportunities at the local, regional and provincial level. Shannon said she wanted to be an Ambassador because she has watched her local 4-H friends go through the program and grow even further with 4-H.
Lyndsay Dickson joins the team from Leeds 4-H Association in Region 2. She has been a member for five years and has completed over 27 projects during her tenure. Lyndsay has been the recipient of many awards for her judging skills and accomplishments as a dairy showperson. Lyndsay said that she is proud to be a 4-H'er because of the lifelong friendships, memories and experiences that 4-H has provided her.
Joining the Ambassador team from Peel 4-H Association in Region 4, Nicole French has been a 4-H member for seven years completing over 54 projects. Nicole has also participated in various 4-H opportunities including Go For The Gold and Youth Adventure Camp. Nicole's reference said Nicole is an individual that models true positive character.
Robert McKinlay joins the Ambassador Program from the Grey 4-H Association in Region 5. He has been a 4-H member for eight years completing over 33 projects, including lawn tractor pulling, various livestock clubs and more. Rob's reference said he is a thoughtful and inspirational leader who understands the importance of contributing to his community.
Sarah Mutton hails from the Parry Sound 4-H Association in Region 1. She has been a 4-H member for seven years and completed over 25 projects as well as many camp and conference opportunities. Sarah's reference said Sarah is well liked and respected by the other club members and provides an excellent role model for all the young people in their club.
Sierra Stanley comes to the Ambassador program from the Carleton 4-H Association in Region 2. A member for six years, Sierra has completed over 16 projects and attended Provincial 4-H Leadership Camp. Sierra's reference says she someone who is always polite and helpful towards others, works hard to plan ahead and is always prepared for what's needed.
The official 4-H Ontario announcement of the incoming Ambassadors occurred at the end of February at the Ambassador Reception in Guelph. The new Ambassadors will now begin their roles for 2017 representing the organization across the province.
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. They attend 4-H Ontario events across the province, as well as representing the organization at community events to promote the program.
"The 4-H Ontario Ambassadors are an integral part to the promotion of 4-H to current and potential volunteers, members and stakeholders by representing the program across the province," said Marianne Fallis, Senior Manager, Programming, 4-H Ontario. "This year's new team of Ambassadors will carry on the tradition of exceptional youth who are passionate about sharing the many experiences and opportunities the 4-H Ontario program has to offer."
To book a 4-H Ontario Ambassador for your event, complete the request form online at: www.4-hontario.ca/media/book-ambassador.aspx.
4-H Ontario is a non-profit positive youth development organization that builds youth as leaders within their communities and assets to the world. With roots in rural Ontario, today it is open to youth between the ages of six and 21 of all backgrounds across the province. Screened, engaged volunteer leaders come together to learn about selected topics through fun hands-on activities and mentorship. There are also provincial camps, conferences, competitions and national and international travel opportunities available to further develop skills in leadership, business, self-confidence and more. 4-H provides youth with a place they can be involved, accepted, valued and heard while developing valuable skills for leadership and life.