“4-H Canada empowers young Canadians to become skilled, engaged, and responsible leaders who are passionate about making meaningful contributions to the world around them. We provide a safe, fun, and inclusive environment that prepares them to make a positive impact on their community, on their country, and around the world.” – 4-hcanada.ca
4-H is a youth organization that consists of 25,000 members and 7,700 volunteers across Canada. The program is based on creating youth who are diverse in communication, leadership and life skills. For Alberta, members can join a 4-H club at the age of nine as a junior, and ‘age out’ of the program while being a senior as of being 21 on January 1st of that 4-H year.
The first club started in Alberta with a swine project within the area of Old’s 100 years ago! Which means 2017 is the centennial celebration for 100 years of 4-H in Alberta. The entire province has been coming together to showcase and celebrate the achievements of the program.
Mostly commonly known for 4-H are the Beef and Horse projects; however 4-H offers many other projects including Performing Arts, Photography and Canine. If you can think of a project, 4-H can provide it! However in order to complete a 4-H year within Canada there are several requirements regardless of the type of club.
1: Attend 70% of club activities
2: Attend the club’s achievement day
3: Complete a record book
4: Partake in a communication activities
5: Participate in a community service activity
MY HEAD TO CLEARER THINKING,
MY HEART TO GREATER LOYALTY,
MY HANDS TO LARGER SERVICE,
MY HEALTH TO BETTER LIVING,
FOR MY CLUB, MY COMMUNITY, AND MY COUNTRY.
“Learn To Do By Doing”
Breanna Driedger is the event assistant at Envious Events for the past year however she has a very ‘green’ background. Breanna was a 4-H member for nine years and the 4th generation member within her family. Therefore, it has been her passion for the organization which sparked the idea to create the Barn Dance in support of 4-H Alberta.
The purpose of the fundraising event is to create a brand-new scholarship through the Alberta 4-H Branch for 4-H alumni. The scholarship will be accepting application from alumni who are attending or accepted into a post-secondary schooling. The hope is too ease the stress of student loans once 4-H’ers have left the program, and encourager 4-H’ers to continue in the program as senior members.
On May 27th, the Millarville Racetrack will be playing host to the Barn Dance! Bring the entire family to this community event while supporting a great cause. Make sure you wear your dancing shoes; Outlaw Country Dance will be teaching line dance and country swing to kick off the night! For more information about purchasing tickets please visit our website: www.enviousevents.ca/barndance