Manitoba, the birth place of the hands-on, agriculture-related, educational 4-H program, is honoured to join past and present 4-H members in a year of celebrations that lead up to the centennial of this respected organization in 2013.
“Manitobans are benefiting from 100 years of 4-H programs that have provided young people with opportunities to learn and practice a variety of life skills that help them grow as individuals and contributing community members,” said Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn in making the announcement Monday.
“We congratulate the Canadian 4-H Council in reaching this impressive milestone, salute the dedicated volunteers who share their time and expertise, and encourage 4-H members everywhere to carry the spirit of ‘head, heart, hands and health’ forward as they set their life’s goals.”
The 4-H movement was founded in Roland, Manitoba. Today there are over 2,500 members throughout the province ranging in age from eight to 21 years. More than 1,100 volunteer leaders are involved in more than 2,800 projects in the 178 clubs.
The province provides 4-H programs with in-kind supports and funding of more than $185,000 annually.
Monday’s event included participation by MacDon Industries Ltd. with the unveiling of its limited-edition, self-propelled windrower decorated with 4-H images.
4-H Canada also announced a partnership with Food Banks Canada with 4-H members and clubs collecting and delivering food products and generating monetary donations.
“Many successful young people with rural roots got their start in 4-H programs, which gave them the confidence and encouragement to achieve their dreams,” said Kostyshyn. “As they become adults, many will return to the program as volunteers to contribute what they have learned. As they play it forward, we will all continue to benefit.”