4-H Ontario has announced the recipients of the 2021 4-H Ontario Milestone Awards, sponsored by Bayer Crop Science.
The Milestone awards celebrate 4-H Ontario volunteers’ with significant years of service. In 2021, Gayle Milliner of Southgate was recognized for 25 years of service in Grey County.
Due to COVID-19, the 2021 recipients were honoured provincially along with those who were to have been recognized in 2020 during the 2021 4-H Ontario Virtual Volunteer Gala on Mar. 26, 2021.
4-H Ontario is a non-profit youth development organization with its roots in rural Ontario. Today, it is open to all youth in the province from ages 6–21.
The volunteer leaders share their knowedge with youth , doing their own specific 4-H leadership training , and lead “clubs” or short projects on chosen topics.
The name 4-H was selected to represent the 4 Hs in the club pledge: head, heart, hands and health. The 4-H motto is “learn to do by doing” and the clubs always involve fun hands-on activities and mentorship from other club members.
At the provincial level there there are leadership camps, conferences, competitions that test members’ skill and knowledge. Members also have opportunity for national and international programs and exchanges.
Gayle Milliner helped lead a club exchange in Western Canada, and locally has led clubs covering camping, sports, cooking, theatre, crafts, as well as annual beef clubs.
4-H clubs all involve at least one of the four pillars: sustainable agriculture & food security, the environment & healthy living, science & technology and community engagement & communications.
The Milestone Awards are sponsored by Bayer Life Science.
M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald