Volunteer with 4-H
Remember all the great times you had in 4-H? We’d like you to come back and help us pass on the 4-H experiences to a whole new generation. Or perhaps you were never in 4-H, but your child has benefited from the program. Or maybe you’ve never had a chance to get involved in 4-H and now you want to find out what you’ve been missing. Whatever the reasons, 4-H thrives on committed volunteers, just like you.
Want to help guide a 4-H club throughout the year? Become a General Leader. Do you really love cooking, photography or some other life skill and want to help teach those abilities to youth? Join as a Project Leader. Want to share your agricultural skills? Help out by offering a showmanship or judging clinic or welcoming members for a farm tour. Looking for some adventure? Chaperone a provincial or national activity.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about volunteer opportunities.
All volunteer leaders and chaperones complete a volunteer screening process.
New volunteers leaders complete an online interactive training program. Volunteer Leader Conferences are offered throughout the year in various provinces. Contact Quebec 4-H for more information.
Volunteer Leader Angela Neal reports on the 2016 Leadership Summit
On February 18th, 2016, a delegation from Quebec headed up to Ottawa for the beginning of a dynamic and fun-filled few days of interactive learning. The theme this year focused on the environment and healthy living. As all 4-H clubs are different, 4-H Canada offers many different sessions during the Leadership Summit.
Leaders from 4-H Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario shared their 4-H Fitness Projects. The great thing about these projects is the versatility of them. They can be used as stand-alone projects, but can also be put to work within other projects. There are games and resources to help kids get moving and keep them active, even during a more sedentary meeting.
After the final banquet, Quebec 4-H had the opportunity to teach everyone a little bit of square dancing, which is a fun, active and social activity that we are lucky enough to have here. A big thank you goes out to everyone who came out to Ottawa to help out with the workshop, we couldn’t have done it without you!
All the leaders in Quebec are encouraged to make the time to go to the Leadership Summit next year. It’s a great opportunity to meet leaders from across the country who have the same passion for the organization as all of you.
Annual General Meeting Volunteer Celebrations
At AGM 2015, 4-H Quebec recognized Pamela McOuat and Andrew McOuat for their years of dedication to the Lachute 4-H Club (15 and 20 years respectively). Doug Lang was honoured for his 20th anniversary as volunteer leader with Howick 4-H Club. 4-H Canada President Donna Bridge assisted with presentations.
Volunteer Leader of the
Erin Scoble was selected by 4-H Canada as Quebec Volunteer Leader of the Year 2015, a much deserved award. She was nominated by Andrew Boersen, Devin Keenan, and Steven Morin, all of Richmond 4-H Club.
Members credit Erin for bringing diversity to the Richmond club with the introduction of square dancing, for giving her time and energy to the 2015 Exchange, and for being an enthusiastic and devoted project leader. She is a square dance project leader for the Richmond 4-H club. Erin volunteered as chaperone for two Intermediate Leadership events and attended a volunteer leader’s conference in Alberta in 2012.
Erin is currently a Grade 3 elementary school teacher. She is involved in organizing a Drama Club with a co-worker for students in Grade 4, 5, and 6. She loves teaching and has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she remembers. She hosts square dancing practices once a week during the school year for interested 4-H members.
Growing up, Erin held various executive positions in Howick 4-H. Being the secretary of a bilingual club encouraged her to be a confident speaker and to practice writing and speaking French. Her favourite things about being a member were the friendships she made and the travel opportunities she was able to participate in. She attributes determination and perseverance to many of the projects she completed over the years. She says 4-H has taught her to think on her feet.
Erin decided to stay involved in the program because she remembers the opportunities she was given, the memories that were made and the lessons learned from 4-H peers. This is what she wanted to make sure stayed alive for the next generation of 4-H members.
Her advice for young people looking to get involved?
“Do it! 4-H is an amazing organization that has so many options. 4-H is no longer just about agriculture and animals. There are so many opportunities that help members work on the life skills that are what allow people to become successful and amazing individuals. It can open so many doors for your future. There are many friendships that are made and connections to people not only across the province but also across Canada and even around the world. Something as well to always remember, just because a particular club or project does not exist close to you doesn’t mean that it cannot exist. Start one up yourself!”
2015 Erin Scoble, Richmond 4-H
2014 Marlene Burns, Sawyerville 4-H
2013 Maria Enright, Richmond 4-H – national winner
2011 Laura Johnston, Ormstown 4-H
2009 Pierre Marcoux, CJR de L’Erable – national winner
2008 Gail Bowen, Hatley 4-H
2007 Kirk Jackson, Huntingdon 4-H
2006 Ken Drummond, Shawville 4-H
2005 Janice Barr, Ormstown 4-H
2004 Laura Johnston, Ormstown 4-H – national winner
2003 David Grey, Hatley 4-H