Suc­cess­ful year ends

Num­bers in­di­cate po­ten­tial for growth

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY MA­RINA GIL­LIS

The Cape Bre­ton Re­gional 4-H pro­gram is wrap­ping up an­other suc­cess­ful pro­gram­ming year.

The 2018 4-H pro­gram con­sisted of 242 mem­bers in­clud­ing 30 clover­buds (youth ages 7-8) and 70 vol­un­teer lead­ers from the four coun­ties. This is a slight in­crease in youth mem­ber­ship from last year and speaks to the po­ten­tial of growth for fu­ture years.

This year there were 11 reg­is­tered 4-H clubs in the four coun­ties on Cape Bre­ton Is­land. There was project en­rol­ment in 15 dif­fer­ent live­stock and 26 dif­fer­ent life skills projects across the re­gion. Eleven per cent of youth mem­bers come from farms, 74 per cent from ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and 15 per cent resided in ur­ban ar­eas. Four­teen per cent of vol­un­teer lead­ers came from farms, 76 per cent from ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and 10 per cent from ur­ban ar­eas.

These stats show an in­crease in ru­ral lead­er­ship par­tic­i­pa­tion from last year which is great to see with the many de­mands on vol­un­teers these days.

The 4-H pro­gram of­fers youth and adults an op­por­tu­nity for lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment, agri­cul­tural aware­ness, travel, live­stock and life skill project train­ing. Work­ing with our youth in the four coun­ties is our var­i­ous 4-H leader’s coun­cils. Spe­cial thanks to our leader coun­cil vol­un­teers that co-or­di­nate county and pro­vin­cial pro­gram­ming.

The ex­ec­u­tive in In­ver­ness County in­cludes Carol Van den Hoogen (pres­i­dent), Ja­nine Wil­son (vice-pres­i­dent) and Dianne Cox (sec­re­tary/trea­surer).

The ex­ec­u­tive in Vic­to­ria County is com­prised of Nel­son Peter­son (pres­i­dent), An­gus Ni­chol­son (vice-pres­i­dent) and Doreen Nor­man (sec­re­tary/ trea­surer).

The ex­ec­u­tive in Cape Bre­ton County is made up of Lois MacNeil (pres­i­dent), Kelsey MacNeil (vice-pres­i­dent), Karen MacDon­ald (sec­re­tary) and Carmelita Shea (trea­surer).

The ex­ec­u­tive in Rich­mond County in­cludes Adri­enne Smith (pres­i­dent), Stuwart Carter (vi­cepres­i­dent) Kevin MacEach­ern (trea­surer) and John Camp­bell (sec­re­tary).

With all the great team work, it is easy to see how mem­bers and lead­ers fol­lowed this year’s theme “Let 4-H Reign Supreme in 2018.”

A huge thank you goes out to all the vol­un­teer lead­ers within the 4-H com­mu­nity and to the 4-H mem­bers and fam­i­lies within the Cape Bre­ton re­gion for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in so many club and com­mu­nity projects. Up­com­ing events in­clude:

• New 4-H reg­is­tra­tion be­gins in Oc­to­ber/Novem­ber

• Na­tional award travel op­por­tu­ni­ties for 4-H youth and lead­ers

• New leader screen­ing and train­ing ses­sions

• Leader recog­ni­tion of ser­vice For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion con­tact the agri­cul­tural lead­er­ship co-or­di­na­tor at Ma­rina.Gil­lis@no­vas­co­tia.ca to set up a new club or join an ex­ist­ing club.

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