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‘…and my world’: The 4-H Pledge Goes Global

Ottawa, Ontario – July 11, 2019 – 4-H Canada is pleased to announce that following its Annual General Meeting today, the 4-H Pledge will now include “…and my world” at the end.

The idea to update the 4-H Pledge was initiated at the 2017 Global 4-H Network Summit by 4-H youth members themselves who, for the first time, met with other 4-H youth from around the world and realized that they belonged to a global community of more than seven million youth involved in 4-H in over 70 countries. Feeling empowered to contribute to a movement with implications far beyond themselves, 4-H youth proposed to align their Pledge in solidarity, so that their fellow members across the country could pledge the same promise as their counterparts around the world every day.

4-H Manitoba seized the momentum after their youth members expressed the same interest and presented a resolution to amend the Pledge at the 2018 4-H Canada AGM, which was adopted.

“This update to the 4-H Pledge is a testament that 4-H in Canada listens to youth and engages them in having a voice at the table to ensure we have thriving communities in partnership with youth leaders,” said Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada CEO. ‘‘4-H in Canada is leading the Global 4-H Network because we see the opportunity and potential youth can have in being leaders at every level of community around the world.”

Starting today, 4-H clubs, their leaders and members in Canada will begin to use the updated 4-H Pledge, with the ultimate goal of them achieving a sense of self-identification with it while strengthening their sense of belonging to a greater community, with endless opportunities.

“4-H has taken me to local fairs, provincial camps, national conferences and on the Going Global Exchanges program,” said Cassidy Barnert, 4-H Canada Youth Advisory Committee member from Alberta. “I’m excited about the addition of ‘…and my world’ to the 4-H Pledge because it highlights the global 4-H movement and the international opportunities available.”

The updated 4-H pledge now reads:

I pledge

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, my country, and my world.

To learn more about the 4-H Pledge and its updated wording, visit 4-h-canada.ca/pledge.

Donation to the Alberta 4-H Centre

“Well it’s officially a wrap! We have moved out 98 old mattresses from the Alberta 4-H Centre and hauled in 98 brand new, thicker, comfier and prettier mattresses!” – Kyley Denschikoff, Leader of the 4-H Lakedell Beef Club.

On Tuesday, June 18 ,2019 ninety-eight (98) mattresses were delivered to the Alberta 4-H Centre.

For the past 23 years, the Lakedell 4-H Beef club auctions off a charity calf and donates the proceeds to different charities. This year the members decided to have the proceeds benefit closer to home and they chose to raise money for new mattresses for the Alberta 4-H Centre.

With the generosity of Jodi Hampton of Hampton Simmentals who donated the club calf and feed, The club calf buyers G&T Custom Farming LTD., Harris Construction, Bonnie Glen Landscaping, Crossroads Ag Products, and Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co Ltd. the club managed to raise $15,894 on the day of the event. And in the spirit of 4-H giving back to 4-H, the 4-H Foundation, and Council Board of Directors and Mattress Mattress also donated money, bringing the total amount raised to approximately $21,000.

It was great to see ‘4-H giving back to 4-H’ and “but the greatest part of the evening was the memories shared as us parents talked about how we slept on these mattresses at camp, many of us met at this camp, and made our life-long friends here. It was great when one kid remarked how maybe when they have kids in 4-H they too will get to help buy new mattresses and maybe we can all come back as grandparents to help again. It was a great evening shared with our amazing 4-H family” –  Kyley Denschikoff, Leader of the 4-H Lakedell Beef Club.

The old mattresses did not go to waste either, they were donated to to Camp Maskeptoon on Pigeon Lake and Moose lake.


2019 Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Scholarship

The Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Scholarship is designed to help rural farm youth who must leave home to pursue a post-secondary education or trade. The following scholarship amounts will be awarded in 2019:

  • First place: $20,000 scholarship
  • Second place: $15,000 scholarship
  • Third place: $10,000 scholarship
  • Fourth to tenth place: seven (7) scholarships at $5,000 each

For more information regarding the scholarship and where to apply, please visit http://www.4h.ab.ca/About/scholarships.html