4-H Alberta revamps, gets long-term funding

4-H Alberta has struck a deal with the province that will see it receive stable funding for the next decade while revamping its organizational structure.

The organization hailed the changes as “a bold new blueprint for the future of the 4-H movement in the province.”

“After extensive consultations throughout Alberta, the three partners responsible for 4-H (the 4-H Council, 4-H Foundation and Agriculture and Forestry) have announced a realigned organizational structure to be known as 4-H Alberta,” the organization said in a news release.

The new body will have a single CEO overseeing operations of both 4-H Alberta and the Alberta 4-H Foundation, it said.

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Having long-term funding in place was key, said the chair of the 4-H Council.

“This unprecedented kind of long-term assurance will enable 4-H to equip volunteer leaders and members with innovative program planning,” said Lanny Anderson.

There was strong support during the consultation of more than 400 4-H leaders, members, alumni and others for “a more co-ordinated structure,” he said.

“It was important that we modernize, but also provide ways for 4-H supporters to sustain the program into the future and provide for our facilities at the 4-H Centre,” 4-H Foundation chair Glenn Logan said in the release. “This commitment from Agriculture and Forestry, combined with the ongoing support of sponsors and volunteers, will provide the stability 4-H needs to grow and thrive.”

Further details on the organizational structure will be posted on 4h.ab.ca as they are announced, the organization said.

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