Gov. Gen­eral be­comes Pa­tron of 4-H Canada

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4-H Canada is pleased to an­nounce that Her Ex­cel­lency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Gov­er­nor Gen­eral of Canada, has ac­cepted to be­come a pa­tron of 4-H Canada.

“This is the first time in the his­tory of 4-H that we have been granted a vicere­gal pa­tron­age,” said David Hovell, Chair of the 4-H Canada Board of Di­rec­tors. “We are hon­oured that Her Ex­cel­lency Julie Payette has gen­er­ously agreed to serve as 4-H Canada’s Pa­tron.”

A vicere­gal pa­tron­age is a long­stand­ing prac­tice of rec­og­niz­ing ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tions to Cana­dian so­ci­ety, show­cas­ing ex­cel­lence and bring­ing spe­cial at­ten­tion to wor­thy causes.

“For more than 100 years, 4-H Canada has been one of the most highly re­spected youth or­ga­ni­za­tions in the coun­try,” said Shan­non Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “Her Ex­cel­lency’s Pa­tron­age high­lights the im­por­tant con­nec­tion Cana­di­ans have with our or­ga­ni­za­tion, its rich his­tory, and our mis­sion of em­pow­er­ing youth to be re­spon­si­ble, car­ing and con­tribut­ing lead­ers.”

Be­fore be­com­ing Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, Julie Payette was an as­tro­naut, en­gi­neer, sci­en­tific broad­caster and cor­po­rate di­rec­tor. Her Ex­cel­lency Julie Payette is best known for her work as an as­tro­naut, fly­ing two mis­sions to space. She also served for many years as CAPCOM (Cap­sule Com­mu­ni­ca­tor) at NASA’s Mis­sion Con­trol Cen­ter in Hous­ton, Texas, and was Chief As­tro­naut for the Cana­dian Space Agency. Her Ex­cel­lency Julie Payette is well re­spected for her work in de­vel­op­ing poli­cies to pro­mote sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy.

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