Alberta’s Kim McConnell has been named an Honorary Member of 4-H Canada.
The distinction is bestowed upon individuals whose dedication and passionate contributions have advanced the 4-H movement in Canada.
McConnell has been giving back to his community since his days in Hamiota, Manitoba’s 4-H Beef Club, the longest continually active 4-H club in Canada. The AdFarm founder has served on the national 4-H board as well as the Canadian 4-H Foundation but is also known for his contributions to the agriculture sector. One was the Straw Man Beef Initiative to advance the Canadian beef industry which he undertook with David Andrews and John Kolk. The trio’s comprehensive report sparked a chain of events, including the creation of a national beef strategy and the founding of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.
In 2017, McConnell was appointed to the Order of Canada for his years of service to his community and country.
Also receiving the honorary membership honour is longtime Ontario 4-H champion Carm Hamilton.