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4-H celebrates 100 years of having a positive impact on youth across P.E.I.

Steve Howatt receives the Friend of 4-H award, nominated by the PEI 4-H Trust. Presenting the award are P.E.I. 4-H Trustees David Tingley and John MacDonald.
Steve Howatt receives the Friend of 4-H award, nominated by the P.E.I. 4-H Trust. Presenting the award are P.E.I. 4-H Trustees David Tingley and John MacDonald. - Submitted photo

More than 170 guests celebrated the successes at the annual awards banquet

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - A program that provides opportunities for youth, aged between nine to 21, to participate in leadership and hands-on development projects across the Island marked its milestone year last month.

More than 170 guests attended the 4-H celebration, to acknowledge a century of positive youth development and programming at the annual awards banquet.

Special guests included Robert Henderson, the provincial minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Sean Casey, member of Parliament, John Jamieson, the deputy minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, James Alyward, the leader of the Official Opposition, and Peter Bevan-Baker, the Green Party leader.

The event was filled with fine food and fun, with awards presented in the afternoon.

Volunteer James Harris received his 45-year leader certificate. Harris has retired as a 4-H leader after a dedicated career with the Elmsdale Beavers 4-H club.

Leader Roma Larsen of the Albany Centennial 4-H club and Grace MacLaurin of the Lot 16 4-H club, both celebrated 40-years of service. They remain active in the program, continuing to support the program and the youth in their communities.

A total of 37 volunteer leaders received certificates that acknowledged their five to 45-years of commitment to the 4-H P.E.I. program.

The Council gave special recognition to Steve Howatt, in the form of the ‘Friend of 4-H’ award. This is awarded to a business, organization or individual who has contributed financial, material or staff support to the provincial level of 4-H.

Howatt has contributed to many of the successes with the program, but his most recent is his active role in the bioscience community to help create the BioFutures project. This is a brand-new, six-week pilot project specifically for senior 4-H members, which will be offered for the first time in April.

During the banquet, the Heart Club, which honours significant cumulative donations to the P.E.I. 4-H Trust, recognized leader and volunteer Nancy Orr for achieving the Trustee’s club member status.

Audrey Farquharson, of Fort Augustus, achieved the Platinum-level, Abe and Elaine Buttimer, of New Glasgow, and Kay Wall, of Summerside, each reached the Gold-level.

Grace and James MacLaurin of Lot 16 were awarded Silver-level status.

Corporate milestones for the Heart Club included the government of P.E.I. department of Agriculture and Fisheries and ADL achieving the Trustee’s club status. Allan Equipment Manufacturing, Maritime Precast Products and Veseys Seeds all received Platinum-level status. North Rustico Home Hardware was awarded the Silver-level status and Callbecks Home Hardware, Metro Home Building Centre and Nobra Holstein Inc. all achieved Bronze-level Heart Club status.

Other winners include:

- Patrick Lauwerijssen, Albany Centennial 4-H club: Elmer Larsen memorial award.

- Sophie MacDonald, Grand River East 4-H club: Callbecks Home Building Centre top 4-H member of the year award.

- Brandon Malone, Morell and Area 4-H club: Top 4-H livestock member of the year award.

- Katelyn Visser, Milllview Vernon River 4-H club: Charlie Goodwin top horse and pony member award.

- Ellen Kouwenberg, Millview Vernon River 4-H club: P.E.I. Women in Agriculture leader recognition award.

- Women’s Institute Agriculture Awareness Project Award: First place, Albany Centennial 4-H club; second place, Pleasant Valley 4-H club, and third place, Grand River East 4-H club.

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