MACJAC 4-H CLUB
MAC/JAC 4-H is a collegiate club located on Macdonald Campus of McGill University, in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC. It also welcomes students from neighbouring John Abbott College, as well as others attending post secondary education around the island of Montreal. The MAC/JAC 4-H Club was established in 2010, with 16 members. Many members continue to be active with 4-H back home, coming from clubs across Quebec and even out of province, while some members are completely new to 4-H. In addition to regular dance practices, the club pursues other occasional entertainment or personal development experiences.
Since 2013, MAC/JAC 4-H Club has hosted the Quebec 4-H Provincial Square Dance Competition, welcoming 4-H teams of all ages. MAC/JAC 4-H also competes at other events including most recently at the 2015 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair where the club earned second place of eight entries in the Youth Set and fourth of eight in Open Set. Leader Angela Neal was recognized as Best Youth Caller.
Their activities include:
- Hosting the 4-H Quebec Provincial Square Dance Competition, and the 4-H Quebec Annual General Meetings.
- Participation in the Square Dance Competition at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
- Members attend provincial activities including, Provincial Rally, Innovative Ag Tour, Discovery Days, and Square Dance Competitions.
2016 MACJAC Club Executive
Vice-President – Kira Nelson
Secretary – Shinae Hartley
Treasurer – Shinae Hartley
MAC/JAC 4-H member, Shinae Hartley recently went on an adventure to Finland for the Going Global Exchange in July of 2015. She stayed in Lapinlati with the Niskanens family, a family of 8, on their dairy and pony farm.
“We visited museums dedicated to Finnish artists, spent a few afternoons sightseeing, but most interesting of all to me, were our visits to country fairs. There, I had the chance to see dairy cattle including Lapland and Eastern and Western Fincattle. The best part about being in Finland was simply the experience of living with the host family. It’s difficult to believe, after coming home, that they’re from the other side of the world.”
Shinae welcomed her Finnish host sister in August 2015, where they joined the Ormstown club during their Club to Club Exchange with Alberta, where they toured Ottawa.