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.
“As in previous years, we were impressed with the quality of applications we received,” Executive Director Cera Youngson said. “The 4-H Saskatchewan Scholarship Selection Committee had difficulties narrowing it down. Not only do these 4-H members excel academically, they are also leaders in their communities. We are excited to see what the future holds for each of them.”
The scholarships are an important part of 4-H for the senior members and Youngson is thankful for the support the organization receives.
“We are excited to have so many amazing sponsors, who have created scholarships for 4-H members pursuing post-secondary schooling,” she said. “This year, we were able to award more than $25,000 to our deserving members because of our supporters.”
Congratulations to the following members, who were awarded a 4-H Saskatchewan Scholarship in 2019:
The Pro Farm Advancing Forward the Dairy Industry Award will be awarded later this year.
In addition to awarding scholarships, the committee also awarded the Elgin Bracken Memorial 4-H Light Horse Award to Tatum Teal of Golburn Gallopers 4-H Club (Tisdale).
Many of the scholarship winners will be presented with their awards at upcoming achievement days and regional shows. If you are interested in talking to any of the scholarship winners, please contact:
Program and Communications Specialist
A full article about the scholarship winners, with photos, will be in the Fall Bits & Pieces.
There were a lot of equine enthusiasts in Weyburn on May 4.
More than 30 4-H’ers, young and old, joined together for the 4-H Saskatchewan’s annual Equine Symposium on May 4 in the Big Barn at the Weyburn Fair Grounds. This was a day of fun and learning for both members and leaders.
The morning started with a session where 4-H members learned about equine health through a Horse Learning Lab Kit, which comes from the Ohio State University. This kit had topics around confirmation, muscular and skeletal systems, feed and more. The members enjoyed working together during this hands-on session.
Once they worked through all the tables, the 4-H’ers gathered in the stands for the first presentation by the main presenter, Amos Abrahamson. Abrahamson is from just west of Maple Creek, where he owns and operates his horse training business, Diamond J Performance Horses. Abrahamson’s first session was a yearling demonstration, where he worked with a yearling horse to refine its responsiveness.
After lunch, the 4-H’ers were ready to learn more from Abrahamson, who gave his second presentation on a two-year-old horse. It was his first time working with the horse he brought and the 4-H members and leaders were impressed with his calm demeanor and by him getting on the horse’s back for the first time. They were excited to ask him questions are the end of his session and were engaged with what he was telling them.
The last session of the day was by Miranda Wiens from Equi-Health Canada. She gave the 4-H members a basic run down of some equine first aids tips they could use in the future. She also had members try some of the skills, such as taking the horse’s pulse, during her session. Wiens encouraged any of the 4-H’ers interested in learning more to take a full equine first aid course.
It was a great day, which wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our sponsors. We’d like to thank Greenhawk for donating a pair of socks for all the participants. Since it was a cold day, many of the members immediately put on their socks. Thank you to our presenters, Amos Abrahamson and Miranda Wiens. We’d also like to thank Brittany Stepp for volunteering for the day and Lisa Halberg for bringing her horse for the first aid demonstration.
Combine parliamentary procedure with fun activities and you have an exciting day for 4-H members.
4-H Citizenship Day was held on April 18 in Regina at the Lakeview United Church and Saskatchewan Legislative Building. Close to 20 members and leaders gathered together to learn about parliamentary procedure and the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.
The day started with a presentation about how Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) make decisions and a little bit about what happens in the Legislature. The attendees then hopped onto a bus to head to the Legislative Building to attend Question Period.
During Question Period, the members were able to see the MLAs in action, and witnessed how they discuss topics. They also had a fun quiz to help them learn about the MLAs and the building. After watching the politicians, the members were joined by MLA Mr. Warren Steinley. He explained he was a 4-H member in his youth and credited the organization with teaching him valuable skills he now uses as a MLA. The members asked him many questions about his career and experience in 4-H.
After heading back to the church, the members participated in a Parliamentary Procedure workshop with Melodi Hawkesford-Lee, complete with some fun games.
There was a short break for lunch before the members learned about what a debate is and how to debate. Then MLA Mr. Yens Pederson joined the 4-H’ers, discussing with them his 4-H experience and some tips for debating. The members were then broken into small groups to prepare their debate topics, around social media and cell phone use. Some of the members had to take on the role of their parents and teachers, while the others debated on behalf of youth. Both sides made excellent points defending their arguments.
It was a fun event and 4-H Saskatchewan hopes to continue to host every year, rotating between Regina and Saskatoon. While in Saskatoon, 4-H hopes to discuss municipal politics with the members. Thank-you to volunteers, Warren Steinley, Yens Pederson and the staff at both the Legislative Building and Lakeview United Church for all their help in making the day a success!
Thank you to our Title Sponsor: Mosaic
Thirty-two 4-H members from across the province came together on April 13 for the 2019 Provincial 4-H Public Speaking Competition at the Lancer Community Hall in Lancer to compete for the top place honours in this prestigious competition.
The speeches began at 1 p.m. and proceeded throughout the afternoon with each speaker presenting their speech in turn. All of the youth were exemplary and poised while speaking on topics that were informative, entertaining, or close to their heart.
The competition was followed by a banquet and awards ceremony where special guests were in attendance, including the Honorable Doug Steele, MLA of Cypress Hills;, Honourable Yens Peterson, MLA Regina Northeast & Opposition Critic for Agriculture; Cera Youngson, executive director of 4-H Saskatchewan; Glenn Gress, president of the 4-H Saskatchewan Board of Directors; and Stan Figley, Alvin Pawlitza, and Nora Schock, delegates to the 4-H Saskatchewan Board of Directors.
In the Cloverbud category, for members aged six to eight, Addison Pain earned first place with her speech “Winter Activates.” In the Junior Category, for members nine to 12 years old, Hannah Hoberg earned first place with her speech topic “How to be a loser.” Martine Bosse earned her first place with the Intermediate category, for ages 13 to 15, with her speech topic “Lights Camera Action.” In the Senior category, Makenna Heidecker earned first place with her speech “Rejection.” Congratulations to all of the top placed competitors at the 2019 Provincial 4-H Public Speaking Competition.
Thank you to the clubs of the District #11 4-H Council, which includes the Abbey-Lancer 4-H Beef Club and PALS Multiple 4-H Club, as well as those on the Public Speaking committee for their hard work preparing and hosting this event.
Thank you to all our judges who donated their time, including Don Connick, Joan Jackson, Darren Smid, Sarah Anderson, Karlah Rudolf, David Hagel, David Anderson, Tami Wall, John Wagner, Page Newton, Jessica Smith and Arthur Ward.
Thank you to the sponsors and donors who made the 2019 Provincial 4-H Public Speaking Competition a very special day. Your generosity is truly appreciated. Special thanks to Platinum Level Sponsors: 4-H Saskatchewan Provincial Program Partners and RBC. Bronze Level Sponsors; South West Terminal Ltd, Masterfeeds, Ponderosa Ag Sales Ltd, Lime Zero Mechanical ltd, Robertson Implements.
Top Placed Speakers
1) Addison Pain, Medstead Multiple 4-H Club (NW), “Winter Activities”
2) Chase Dyrland, Nomad’s 4-H Beef Club (SW). “My First Job”
3) Gage Goetz, Outram-Madigan Beef 4-H Club (SE), “My Heart Surgery”
1) Hannah Hoberg, Sheho 4-H Beef Club (NE), “How To Be A Loser”
2) Hunter Allen, Northminster 4-H Beef Club (NW), “Why I Would Make a Great Police Officer”
3) Nadelle Murphy, Moosomin Multiple 4-H Club (SE), “My Week at Summer Camp”
1) Martine Bosse, Herds of Thunder 4-H Club (NW), “Lights Camera Action"
2) Georgia Pawlitza, Abbey- Lancer 4-H Beef Club (SW), “8 Seconds”
3) Kaleigh McLaughlin, Moosomin 4-H Multiple Club (SE), “The Man, The Myth, The Legend”
1) Makenna Heidecker, Three Lakes Beef 4-H Club (NE), “Rejection”
2) Thea Valstar, Springside 4-H Beef Club (SE), “I am… Are You?”
3) Rayna Yasieniuk, Reigning Riders 4-H Club (NW), “Our Journey”
photo by Mary Kate Robertson
It was another great weekend of discussion and friendship.
The 2019 Annual General Meeting was held the weekend of March 23-24 at the Saskatoon Inn. During the weekend, member and leader voting delegates were asked to vote on a number of decisions. The theme of this year's meeting “For My Club, My Community and My Country”, under the communications and community engagement development pillar. There were 177 attendees, including a record-setting 109 youth delegates.
After welcome and introductions, the first item of business was voting for the 18-year-olf delegates to the board of directors. There was one two-year term available and Kati Culbertson was elected by the membership.
Following the election, the delegates dispersed into their regional meetings, where reports were given, regional and provincial event hosts were chosen and elections for the 4-H Saskatchewan Board of Directors, Advisory Council and Ambassadors were held.
The delegates participated in a lively Parade of Regions, before joining together for lunch. They then enjoyed a Community Service Panel, with four guests who are involved in their communities – Cst. Tamara Paulsen of the Saskatoon Police Service, Judy Harwood from SARM and the R.M. of Corman Park, Brady Figley from the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon and Eli Kearley, who is an 11-year-old philanthropist. At the end of the panel, there was time for the 4-H members to ask their own questions.
There was then a short break before going back into the business meetings, where two resolutions were discussed and voted on, before recessing for the day.
The first resolution discussed was changing the age categories for 4-H members.
The annual Recognition Banquet was held on Saturday evening, where 4-H Saskatchewan’s sponsors and donors were honoured for their contributions to 4-H. Special guest, the Honourable David Marit, Minister of Agriculture brought greetings on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan. Provincial first place public speakers, Morgan Heidecker and Hunter Reid presented their speeches. Two individuals and one couple, Wayne and Kim Jansen, Melanie Bashutski and Richard Moellenbeck, were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
All four of them have been heavily involved in the 4-H program, dedicated their time and commitment to helping develop the youth in the province. All four shared a few words with those gathered, showcasing their 4-H spirit and continuing to inspire youth.
Following the banquet, the members headed to their 4-H dance – supervised by North East Regional 4-H Specialist Shelby Longworth. They brought donations for the Ronald McDonald House in Saskatoon. The leaders joined North West Regional 4-H Specialist Kalynne Martin for bingo and other games, with more than $500 raised during the bingo going to STARS Air Ambulance.
Although it was a late night on Saturday, everyone was up early and ready for breakfast at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Before going into business meetings, the members and leaders participated in the Focus on 4-H Forum. This was an open discussion on topics, such as Communication of 4-H Programs, Selections Processes, 4-H Branding and the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation Vital Community Conversations. There were many lively discussions and great suggestions were brought forward! The notes from the discussions were captured for the Board of Directors and staff to use for future meetings.
After the auditor’s report, two resolutions were voted on by the delegation.
The program came to a close with a recognition program for members and leaders reaching special milestones in their 4-H careers, and thanking outgoing Board and Advisory Council members for their service. After a final loonie draw and four special announcements, the business meeting was adjourned and everyone was free to go home. Overall, it was a very successful weekend and AGM!
2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
2018-19 Board of Directors
2018-19 Advisory Council
2018-19 4-H Ambassadors
The 2019 4-H Beef Symposium was held on February 23 in Saskatoon.
The day started with greeting from Cera Youngson, executive director of 4-H Saskatchewan. She also introduced the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association’s What’s Your Beef Trivia Contest for all 4-H members. This contest is for all 4-H members, no matter what project they are in. More details are available on the 4-H website.
After greeting and a quick icebreaker game, there were two presentations by students at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
Vanessa Cowan, a PHD student, spoke first about the dangers of ergot in feed for cattle. She was followed by Kendra Elliot, a Veterinary Medicine student and former 4-H member, who spoke about the importance of vaccination.
Once the presentations were finished, Kendra played a couple rounds of bovine trivia with the 4-H members before a break for lunch.
After lunch, the 4-H members bundled up and headed out to the Livestock Forage Centre of Excellence to tour the facility and learn about the research happening by students. The 4-H members were all thrilled to see the livestock there and had the chance to touch some of the cattle.
After the tour ended and a group photo was taken, the 4-H members piled back into the vehicles to go back to the U of S, where they had a snack and filled out their evaluation forms.
4-H Saskatchewan would like to thank the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association for being a title sponsor for this event. This event would not be possible without their generous support.
Tisdale, Sask.- It was an amazing weekend of curling, with 4-H teams from across the province coming to compete for the title of champion.
Provincial 4-H Curling was held in Tisdale on February 15-17, hosted by clubs of District #26 Council, including Tisdale 4-H Beef Club, South Star 4-H Club and Arborfield 4-H Multiple Club.
4-H curling is a great opportunity for 4-H members to get out, be active and have fun. The curling teams had to place at their district and regional events, before moving to the Provincial 4-H Curling Competition.
The event started with a few draws and opening ceremonies on Friday evening. There was a full day of curling on Saturday, with a banquet program and dance in the evening. On Sunday, the final draws took place and the winners were announced.
The senior winners were: first place, Maidstone Gully/Manitou Lake 4-H Clubs; second place, Hilltop 4-H Club; and third place, Alameda 4-H Beef Club. The junior winners were: first place, Tisdale 4-H Beef Club; second place, Sunset Rangers Multiple 4-H Club; and third place, Springside 4-H Beef Club.
Thanks to District #26 for hosting an amazing event and thanks to all their sponsors who made it possible (a list of all their sponsors can be found after this release). Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the teams who participated (a full list of the teams can also be found after this release).
For more information, please contact:
Program and Communications Specialist
Provincial 4-H Curling Teams
Provincial 4-H Curling Sponsors
Town of Tisdale/Canalta Hotels
Ritchie Bros Auctioneers
Capital I Industries Inc.
Nutrien Ag Solutions
North East Veterinary Services
FCC - Farm Credit Canada
Tisdale Community Curling Club
R.M. of Tisdale
Willow Lane Land & Cattle Ltd.
Unified Auto Parts
AG Com Truck & Trailer
C & S Trucking
Buy Low Foods
A Kute Kut Hair Design
Bow Mar Sales
Wood Country (Tisdale)
Chupa Trucking & Excavating
Diamond North Credit Union (Nipawin/Arborfield/Zenon Park)
Thunder Rail Ltd.
Top Notch Pallet Systems Ltd.
P & K Farms
Ferre Farm Equipment
Can Pro Farms Ltd.
Moyen Honey Farms
Kevin's Custom Ag Ltd.
S.K. Valley Services
Nipawin Athletic Therapy
Bryden Machine & Service Co. Inc.
Carrot River Implements Inc.
Interlake Resources Inc.
Elkland Car & Truck Wash
Geo Electric Ltd.
Red Willow Outfitters
Rocky Mountain Equipment
Gifts In Kind
Old Dutch Foods (Dan Westfield)
Cornerstone Credit Union
RBC Royal Bank
BMO Bank of Montreal
Tisdale 4-H Beef Club
Arborfield 4-H Multiple Club
District #20 4-H Council
Raffle Prize/Silent Auction Donors
Crowley's Work Wear
Viterra - Valparaiso
Mind Body Balance
Rodan & Fields
Dam Smoke House
Dollar Store (Nipawin)
Edwards Soap Deli
Fairburn Tire (Nipawin)
Gieni's Family Restaurant
Harolds Footwear, Apparel & Sporting Goods
Mazurek Industries Ltd.
Nipawin Chrysler Dodge
Nipawin Computer Solutions
Nipawin Vision Center
OK Tire (Nipawin & Carrot River)
RONA Building Centre
Tim Hortons (Tisdale & Nipawin)
Thomas Motors (Nipawin & Melfort)
Tisdale Dental Hygiene Clinic
Willow Lane Land & Cattle Ltd.
Bobby & Beans
Discovery Seeds Labs
Pierlot FV & Sons Ltd.
Terry & Leanne Holmstrom
Cervus Equipment - Kelly Anderson
Fleury's Frontier Adventures
PJ & Kaylee Plamondon & Family
A&K Enns Trucking Ltd.
Northern Strength Fitness
Lana Dobrinski Art
Carrot River Co-op
Geo Electric Ltd.
Cilantro Restaurant & Lounge (Carrot River Inn)
Diamond North Credit Union (Arborfield/Zenon Park)
Farm and Fancy
Pines Power Sports Marine
South Star 4-H Club
Folk’s Curling Corner Ltd.
Merck Animal Health
Saskatoon, Sask.- The second annual Club Week was a huge success, with 4-H clubs from across the province participating.
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 5-11 across the entire province.
The 2018 Sustainability Initiative was to promote community engagement. The provincial 4-H office asked 4-H clubs across the province to join together to collect clothing in support of the Saskatchewan Association of Community Living. The clubs were encouraged to hold a clothing drive, set up a donation area in their community or host an event where clothing donations would be accepted.
Although Club Week was the beginning of November, the challenge to give to the food bank was extended to December 1, to give the 4-H clubs time to donate their clothing and report how much they donated to the provincial office.
Altogether, 4-H Saskatchewan clubs, staff and board of directors donated 331 bags of clothing across the province.
“We had a goal of 200 bags, which is about one bag per club,” said Cera Youngson, Executive Director of 4-H Saskatchewan. “It was exciting to see so many of the clubs and members excited to participate in the challenge and give back.”
In addition to the Sustainability Initiative, 4-H clubs were encouraged to show their 4-H spirit, putting up displays in their community and dress up in their 4-H colours for Show Your 4-H Colours Day on November 7.
For more information, please contact:
Program and Communications Specialist
District #42 is in the first four photos. They donated more than 150 bags of clothing! The last two photos are of Shelby Longworth, out North East Regional 4-H Specialist, who helped take the donations from the 4-H staff to one of the yellow bins. Thank you to everyone who donated!
By Kody Farrow
Do you have a passion for 4-H? Do you want to travel across the country? Do you want to meet incredible people from all walks of life? Do you want to represent your province on the national level?
Then consider applying for the 4-H Canada Youth Advisory Committee! The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is made up of one member from each province across the country, and assists 4-H Canada in areas such as programs, policies, conferences, communications, and marketing.
You will be placed in one of four working groups, and work with your other YAC members and 4-H Canada staff to deliver programs for our members. Through my experience with YAC, I’ve gotten to be a part of several 4-H Canada programs and policies, travelled to Ottawa and Toronto for conferences, met 4-Hers from across the country, and even met the Prime Minister!
YACs are chosen for a two-year term, with a possibility of a third year extension. If you’re over 18 years old and a current or former Saskatchewan 4-H member, you’re eligible!
If you have any questions or hesitations about
applying for YAC, please do not hesitate to email me at
Being the 4-H Saskatchewan YAC member has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and I encourage everyone to apply!
Applications for the YAC position can be found under Board and Council Business. Deadline to apply is December 1. You must be 18-25 years old and have at least two years of experience as a 4-H member.
Prince Albert, Sask.- It was an exciting end to a long day when the charity steer at the Prince Albert Finished Beef Show and Sale raised $63,000.
The 4-H clubs who participate in the Prince Albert Finished Beef Show and Sale – including West P.A. 4-H Beef Club, Canwood 4-H Beef Club, Weldon 4-H Beef Club, Torch River 4-H Club and Wild Rose 4-H Beef Club – have been hosting the charity steer event with the Prince Albert Exhibition for about 15 years, said West P.A. 4-H Beef Club member Sara Grassick.
“All the members contribute – they split up the feed costs and the value of the steer,” Grassick said. “The 80 kids that are showing up at this show pay for this steer to be raised, so it is really a community thing.”
Each year, a different 4-H club raises the charity steer. This year, it was the West P.A. 4-H Beef Club’s turn, she explained. Their club decided to donate the funds to the Rose Garden Hospice, which is a palliative care home being built in Prince Albert for terminally ill patients.
“This is something that sparked our interest and when you start looking into hospices, you wonder why don’t we have one,” Grassick said. “It is going to be a hospice not only for Prince Albert but northern Saskatchewan.”
The five 4-H clubs started the Dutch Auction by giving those who donated $25 an entry into the draw to win the steer. After a family won the steer, it was resold three more times in a traditional auction, raising a total of $32,584.
“We are also really excited because Malcolm Jenkins (the owner of the local Canadian Tire), he has decided to match all of the donations we have raised,” Grassick said. “We are pretty pumped.”
With the matching funds from Jenkins, the total donation to the Rose Garden Hospice was $63,000.
“It is going towards a great cause and something that means a lot to all of us because everyone has been effected by these awful diseases,” Grassick said. “To have somewhere, potentially and unfortunately your relatives can use, it means a lot to these kids.”