Alberta’s Courtney Taylor is one of four winners of 4-H Canada’s Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction.
The $20,000 scholarship is awarded to students who “demonstrate 4-H values in the way they live their lives” and have become exceptional leaders through the program. Recipients are also paired with a mentor to help guide them in their career plans.
Taylor joined two 4-H clubs when she was 9 and has been active in her community ever since. The University of Saskatchewan student is studying agribusiness with the goal of returning to her family ranch near Warner and implementing new ideas and technologies.
Her mentor is Mike Roberts, manager of the Waldron Ranch, one of the largest ranches in Canada, comprised of 65,000 acres of grazing lands where he effectively grazes more than 13,000 cattle for 10 months of the year.
The other three winners are Josiah Lodewyk from Ontario, Doug Sroka from Saskatchewan and Riley Callahan from New Brunswick.
The award not only recognizes the hard work of the students, but also gives them an opportunity to tell their 4-H story and the impact it can have in communities, said 4-H Canada CEO Shannon Benner
“There’s no better time than now for 4-H,” she said. “Whether it’s looking at the effects of climate change, to some of the staggering numbers around young people in Canada, to feeding nine billion people by 2050, you know, the time is now.
“We need to make sure every young person in Canada is thriving, not just surviving, but thriving. And you know, there’s no reason why we can’t do that here and 4-H has got a big role to play there.”