PROVINCE HOSTS LAUNCH OF 4-H CENTENNIAL INITIATIVES
– – – Manitobans Benefit from 100 Years of Hands-on, Agriculture-linked Education: Kostyshyn
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, Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced today.
“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 Kostyshyn. “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, hand and health forward as they set their life’s goals.”
The 4-H movement was founded in Roland, Man. 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.
Kostyshyn noted the province provides 4-H programs with in-kind supports and funding of more than $185,000 annually.
Today’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 to provide support to local food banks through collection and delivery of food products and generate 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 pay it forward, we will all continue to benefit.”