Saskatoon, Sask.- The 2020 Annual General Meeting was held in July through the GoToMeeting platform. The event is typically a two-day conference and business meeting with nearly 200 attendees and guests held the third weekend in March in Saskatoon. This year it needed to be postponed due to COVID and was then transitioned to virtual events throughout July.
First, the four administrative regional council meetings were held between July 6-9. During these meetings, the regional delegates from each area elected their regional director nominees and advisory council representatives. They also discussed regional business and selected hosts for 2021 curling and public speaking events.
The business from the regional meetings was then brought forward during the Provincial Council Meeting on July 18. The theme of this year's meeting “4-H in Focus.” During this meeting, the 4-H Council planned a few fun digital games, from icebreakers using a drawing feature and trivia questions to break up the business meeting.
During the meeting, member and leader voting delegates discussed and voted on a number of decisions. The auditors’ report gave the membership a chance to ask questions to the board of directors and the auditor. Then the delegates voted on six resolutions this year – including three bylaw and three policy resolutions. The bylaw resolutions made housekeeping changes to when balloted votes are required, and extended the board of directors terms of service from two years to three years. The policy resolutions were around how many animals Cloverbud members in the beef project should raise, digital record books being used in record book competitions and where funds from dissolved clubs should be donated.
The membership also provided input for the revised strategic plan for 4-H Saskatchewan. Using mentimeter.com, delegates shared their thoughts on “What does the future of 4-H look like?” and “What does 4-H need to thrive in the future?”
The 2020-21 Board of Directors were welcomed. They are: Cameron Choquette, Becky Huber, Louise Sroka, Mike Kirzinger, Michell Heidecker, Trena Hoffus-Preston, Alvin Pawlitza, Nora Schock, Stan Figley, Glenn Gress, Brittany Stepp, Jason Frey, Kati Culbertson, Dylan Watt and Leah Clark. Our 2019-20 Advisory Council members are Summer Norman, Rebecca Fitzsimmons, Kennedy MacNeil and Grace Christensen.
A heartfelt thanks was also given to our outgoing directors and advisory council members: Tara Malinowski, Clint Panter, Leslie Penner, Annaleigh LeBruno, Tammy Rumpel, Emily Letendre, and Adrianna Simpson.
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Saskatoon – Each year, 4-H Saskatchewan awards scholarships to outstanding senior 4-H members from across the province, to assist them in their post-secondary education.
“Every year, we receive numerous application and we are always impressed with the quality of applications,” Executive Director Cera Youngson said. “The 4-H Saskatchewan Scholarship Selection Committee had difficulties narrowing it down. These 4-H members are both leaders in their communities and excel academically. We are excited to see what the future holds for each of them.”
The scholarships provide an incredible opportunity for 4-H members and Youngson is thankful for the support the organization receives.
“There are many amazing sponsors and individual supporters, who we are extremely grateful for,” she said. “Through their support, we were able to award close to $30,000 to our deserving members because of our supporters.”
Congratulations to the following members, who were awarded a 4-H Saskatchewan Scholarship in 2020:
Entrepreneurial Scholarship for 4-H Members ($3,000)
Cervus Equipment Scholarship ($1,500)
AGI Scholarship ($1,000)
Hector Loveridge Memorial Fund Scholarship ($1,000)
Gordon & Eileen Bonnor Scholarship ($1,000)
The Western Producer Scholarship ($1,000)
Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Award ($1,000)
Future Leader Scholarship ($1,000)
Palliser Insurance 4-H Scholarship ($500)
The McConaghy Award ($500)
Bayer Cropscience 4-H Scholarship ($500)
FBC Scholarship ($500)
In addition to awarding scholarships, the committee also awarded the Elgin Bracken Memorial 4-H Light Horse Award to Austin Wiens of the Carrot River Light Horse 4-H Club.
If you are interested in talking to any of the scholarship winners, please contact:
Program and Communications Specialist
Thank-you to everyone who submitted their 2018-19 4-H year record books in the 2019/2020 Provincial Record Book Competition!
This competition showcases the hard work and dedication that you give to your record book and the 4-H program. The judges were very impressed with the skill and detail each member put into their respective record books, and they stated they had a very difficult time choosing the winning books.
Congratulations on a wonderful 4-H year! We are looking forward to seeing your record books in the future.
Saskatchewan – 4-H Saskatchewan is excited to announce the recipients of the Journey to the Future Sustainability Grant, supported by Nutrien.
The $2,000 grand prize will go to the Burnham 4-H Club to help with their Bee Project. The club will be purchasing bees and hives, as well as bee keeping equipment and seeds to naturalize the surrounding habitat. The 4-H members will make various items from the bees and will then sell their products, using the proceeds to fund other projects and support various charitable organizations.
“Congratulations to the recipients of the ‘Journey to the Future Sustainability Grant’ and thank you to all those who applied,” Rose Lecky, Senior Manager of Community Relations & Investments for Nutrien said. “Nutrien is proud to partner with 4-H Saskatchewan to help bring ideas to life and make real positive impacts in our communities.”
There were also three clubs and districts, which will receive $1,000 each for their projects. They include:
“We are grateful to Nutrien for supporting our 4-H clubs and districts, and the great work they do in their communities,” said Executive Director Cera Youngson. “They help make it possible for our members to Learn To Do By Doing and show off their leadership skills in their club, community, country and the world.”
This grant program required the club or district to have members complete the Journey 2050, Farmers 2050, Watershed Detective, and/or Watershed Explorer games and then tell us how they could apply what they learned from these games to better their club, their community, their country, or the world. Nutrien made a total of $5,000 available to support the recipients with their projects.
If you are interested in learning more about the grant recipients, please contact:
Program and Communications Specialist
We have moved our landing page for COVID-19 Preparedness to:
This page will keep you up to date on all 4-H programming as it is updated.
Provincial curling was a huge success in North Battleford this year. We had 17 teams from all over Saskatchewan compete for the title of Provincial Champions.
Games started Friday night with all of the senior teams playing as well as two junior teams. Teams were back at it early Saturday morning after the Opening Ceremonies and hearing some words from distinguished guests from the Battlefords area.
After a full day of competition on Saturday, the Provincial 4-H Curling Banquet was held at the WDM. We had a great supper and were joined by special guest speaker, 4-H alumni and previous Scotties competitor, Taryn Holtby. Our participants enjoyed a dance social, before the final games on Sunday. Congratulations to the winning teams from Provincial 4-H Curling!
The end results are as follows; In the Senior category the first place winners are St. Walburg 4-H Club from District 38 in the North West Region. In second place, Claribank Multiple 4-H Club from District 9 in the South West Region and third place, Tisdale 4-H Beef Club from District 26 in the North East Region.
Rounding out the Juniors, in first place winners are, Reno Multiple 4-H Club from District 10 in the South West Region, in second place, Canwood 4-H Light Horse Club from District 33 in the North West Region and Third place, Alameda 4-H Beef Club from District 41 in the South East Region.
Thank you to all the teams that travelled near and far to compete at this amazing event and a special thank you to the hardworking hosting committee of District #34 and #35 and the many generous supporters - it has been a great event.
Saskatoon, Sask.- Thanks to the support of Corteva Agriscience, 4-H Saskatchewan will be able to develop new and improved resources for the field crops project.
4-H Saskatchewan has been working with 4-H Manitoba to create field crops materials to better educate future farmers about modern agricultural practices in a fun and engaging format.
“As a company, we are thrilled to give back to Canadian communities and (we) have made outreach and education initiatives a priority,” Corteva Research Scientist Greg Gingera said. “We are excited to be working with 4-H to further support the growth of agriculture in Western Canada.”
The new field crops project materials will be available in the 2020 growing season, for 4-H members in both Saskatchewan and Manitoba. They will also be available on the global 4-H resource sharing platform, 4-H LEARNS.
Thanks to Corteva Agriscience, 4-H Saskatchewan will be able to help build agriculture leaders through the field crops project.
“We are so appreciative to have Corteva’s support,” 4-H Saskatchewan Executive Director Cera Youngson said. “With their help, we will be able to help youth Learn To Do By Doing and develop their interests in field crops and agriculture.”
For more information about 4-H Saskatchewan or to set up an interview, please contact:
Program and Communications Specialist
The Canadian National 4-H & Youth judging Competition (CN4HYJ) was held on November 24-26, 2019 at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina SK. 42 competitors from across Canada participated, with eight of them on the 4-H Saskatchewan team.
The following 4-H members made up our team: Kyle Kirzinger (Viscount 4-H Beef Club); Faith Stevens (Catherwood Beef & Sheep 4-H Club); Doug Sroka (Maidstone Gully Multiple 4-H Club); Justin Harcourt (Tisdale 4-H Beef Club); Leah Libke (Prime Cuts 4-H Club); Wyatt Dyck (Wymark Drylanders 4-H Club); Calvin Murphy (Whitewood 4-H Beef Club); Brock McGonigal (Rockglen Multiple 4-H Club).
The competition commenced on Sunday November 24 at the Atlas Hotel in Regina. Competitors took part in a welcome, supper and competition orientation. Past 4-H member and CN4HYJ committee member, Catherine Lang, was a guest speaker for the evening. Competitors then judged three classes for the competition: Silage, Meat Cuts and Water Quality.
Monday’s events took place at the Chevy GMC arena in the new International Trade Centre on the Agribition grounds. The morning consisted of the remaining
judging classes, including: Alpaca, Light Horse, Heavy Horse, Dairy Cows, Charolais Calves, Prospect Steers, Speckle Park Calves, Angus Heifers, and Commercial Bulls.
After a photo session and lunch,
competitors finished off the
competition by giving oral reasons on 8 of the previously judged classes. This year, oral reasons were given in the Queensbury Building, which was a new (and quieter!) location compared to previous years. After the intense competition, competitors then enjoyed supper, swimming and social time back at the hotel. Tuesday morning, the Awards Banquet was held, also in the Queensbury building. Competitors
received a tasty breakfast and met the event sponsors, followed by the announcements of the final placings of this prestigious event. The results were as follows:
Grand Aggregate ($2,500 Scholarship, CWA belt buckle and banner, & First Lady Classic Judging Position): Adam Smith, University of Guelph
2nd Place ($1,250 John Deere Limited Scholarship & CWA belt buckle & banner): Justin Harcourt, 4-H Saskatchewan
3rd Place ($750 John Deere Limited Scholarship & CWA belt buckle): Brandon Fraser, Summer Synergy
4th Place ($300 Cash Prize): Jayden Calvert, Summer Synergy
5th Place ($150 Cash Prize): Leah Libke, 4-H Saskatchewan
Team Award - Top 4 Scores per team (Plaque on display at Provincial 4-H Office): 4-H Saskatchewan
High point awards per class were listed as follows. Several recipients for these awards are past or present 4-H members!
Thank you to the team chaperones, Louise Sroka and Brittany Stepp. Event sponsors included TD Canada Trust and Federated Cooperatives. Congratulations to 4-H Saskatchewan’s amazing judging team!
About 40 members and leaders gathered together at the Ramada Hotel in Regina for the 4-H
Conference on December 7-8. The conference was a two-day version of the one-day Leaderama events, which have been held in alternating regions the past two years.
The weekend started off with a welcome by Cera Youngson, who also talked about some of the amazing 4-H opportunities for members and leaders both in the province and nationally, and a quick icebreaker where members and leaders presented their favorite leadership quotes.
After lunch, the attendees enjoyed a plenary by John Bailey, CEO of the Regina Food Bank, who talked about food insecurity within Regina and Saskatchewan. Everyone had the chance to learn about how often the food banks are used, and how important these organizations are to the well being of our communities.
The members and leaders then went to their first set of work shops. The leaders enjoyed “4-H is for Everyone” by SaskAbilities. This session talked about how to be inclusive and make it possible for people with disabilities to be involved in 4-H.
The leaders then enjoyed 4-H 101, with Shelby Longworth and Melodi Hawkesford-Lee, which discussed everything you need to know about 4-H and gave leaders the opportunity to check out the new Club Resource Guide. The leaders then had the choice between “Recruitment & Retention” with Longworth, which introduced new ways to recruit new members or volunteers, as well as best practices for club engagement, or “Managing Your Multi Club” with Hawkesford-Lee, which discussed balancing the needs of several project groups, including best practices from real clubs.
At the same time as these sessions, the members had their own exciting sessions to attend. Their first was “Personalities, Leadership & Teamwork” with Rob Chubb.
He used the ColourSpectrums™ to look at personality styles and human dynamics. They also discussed the best ways to work with others in teams and leadership positions.
After learning how to work together, the members then enjoyed “Self-Awareness & Reflection” with Tami Dovell. This was a session to discuss the importance of mental health and self-awareness, giving the members some tools to take back into every day life to help them deal with stress and negative emotions. The attendees then checked into heir hotel rooms, before loading up on a bus and heading to the Golden Mile Bowling Alley for supper and bowling. There were plenty of fun bowling games, food, and great conversations.
The next morning, Youngson gave a quick morning greeting and then everyone headed to their respective workshop session. The leaders chose between “Conflict Management” with Hawkesford-Lee or “Risk Management” with Youngson and Longworth. The members attended a session called “Your Personal Brand” with Leighton Smith from RBC. They learned about how to build their brand and use it effectively throughout their career.
Everyone then came back together for “Table Talks: Growing Our Leadership” where they had the opportunity to have short minute-roundtable mentoring sessions with some special guests, including: Kathleen Rae from International Rural Exchange; Ryder Lee, CEO of Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association; Shelley Jones, Manager of the Ag Knowledge Centre; the Honourable David Marit, Minister of Agriculture; Ray Orb, president of SARM; Jessica Gerrits, RBC Vice President of Commercial Financial Services; Leighton Smith, RBC Lumsden Branch Manager; Colleen Hawkesford, Regina Public Library; and Longworth, the North East Regional 4-H Specialist.
After lunch, participants enjoyed a key note address from Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel about Positively Representing Agriculture. Following Jolly-Nagel was Share Fair, where members and leaders had the opportunity to discuss topics important to them. Some of the topics this year were: Provincial Programming, Multi-Club advice, How to Implement the Two Leader Rule in your 4-H Club, Recruitment and Engaging Volunteers, the NEW 4-H Record Books, Strategic Planning, and more.
The weekend wrapped up with some closing remarks from the 4-H staff before everyone headed home. Thank you to our title sponsor Bayer CropScience for making this event a huge success! Also, thank you to RBC and the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation: G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation Fund, who also supported this event.
It was an amazing Club Week this year, with 4-H’ers from across the province getting involved.
This year, the Sustainability Initiative was to promote food security, where the 4-H office asked 4-H’ers to donate 3,000 pounds across the province collectively. By the time the numbers came in on December 6, the goal was met.
“It was amazing to see so many clubs get involved in this giving back initiative,” said Cera Youngson, Executive Director of 4-H Saskatchewan. “We
definitely hit the goal, which was about one pound per 4-H member.”
Club Week was created in 2017 by 4-H Saskatchewan to give the clubs a week of celebration and
community involvement and a way to launch an
annual Sustainability Initiative. It was held from November 4-10, 2019 across the entire province.
The provincial 4-H office asked 4-H clubs across the province to join together to donate food to their local food banks throughout November.
Clubs were encouraged to hold a food drive, set up a
donation area in their community or host an event where food donations would be accepted. A huge shout out to the Good Spirit 4-H Club, who donated 900 pounds! See their full story on page 47.
In addition to the Sustainability Initiative, 4-H clubs were encouraged to show their 4-H spirit, by putting up displays in their community and dressing up in their 4-H colours for Show Your 4-H Colours Day on November 6.
Thank you to the following clubs, districts and individuals, who participated in the 2019 Sustainability Initiative: