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Scholarship season is a reminder to mark your calendars

Reading Time: < 1 minute With the return to school just around the corner, it’s the season of scholarship announcements — and a reminder that students planning to go to college or university a year from now should mark their calendars for when applications open again. For example, three Albertans (Catharina Brosinsky, Jessica Hadwin and Torann Mecham) are among the 15 […] Read more

One-hundred and thirty five positions in the Primary Agriculture division will be cut with an attempt at attrition when possible.

The axe comes down at Alberta’s Agriculture Ministry

Notification letter to union opens window 
on upcoming loss of 190 positions

Reading Time: 2 minutes The province is cutting 247 jobs at Agriculture and Forestry, according to a letter sent to — and then publicly released by — the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. The letter provides some specifics of the “phased workforce transformation,” but also notes that its plans haven’t been completely finalized. It also says cuts will be […] Read more

The 4-H motto — Learn to do by doing — is “such a powerful thing,” says Kurt Kinnear.

4-H will continue to play to its strengths, says new CEO

The pandemic has challenged the organization but also shown its strengths, says Kurt Kinnear

Reading Time: 3 minutes Kurt Kinnear never participated in 4-H in his youth, but he can’t wait to dig in now. The new CEO of 4-H Alberta has, however, been involved with youth programming for most of his life. “It sounds cliché, but youth are our future,” said Kinnear. “There are some kids that I’ve met who are really […] Read more

4-H Alberta revamps, gets long-term funding

4-H Alberta revamps, gets long-term funding

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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 […] Read more

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University students backed by 4-H for leadership

Four students honoured Feb. 10 at Ottawa event

Four Canadian university students inspired in their career paths by their 4-H experiences are getting an extra boost from the organization. The annual Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction (LEAD), presented Monday during the 4-H Leadership Awards event in Ottawa, aim to recognize 4-H participants who, according to the organization, “demonstrate 4-H values in the way […] Read more

Calgary 4-H leader honoured

Reading Time: < 1 minute Lori Nielsen of Prairie Winds 4-H Club in Calgary is one of five winners of 4-H Canada’s Provincial Volunteer Leader of the Year Award. The awards are driven by nominations from 4-H members who want to share the positive impact their leaders have had on them and their communities. Lisa Patton of the Truro-North River […] Read more

Ten youth receive $80,000 in scholarships

Ten youth receive $80,000 in scholarships

Reading Time: < 1 minute The 4-H Foundation of Alberta has awarded $80,000 to Alberta rural farm youth who must leave home to pursue a post-secondary education or trade. The awards, the largest monetary scholarships given out by 4-H Alberta come from Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Fund Scholarship (which was created by Lillian and Edward Ness in honour of […] Read more

Albertan wins prestigious 4-H L.E.A.D. scholarship

Reading Time: < 1 minute Albertan Courtney Taylor is one of four winners of 4-H Canada’s top scholarships, the Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction (L.E.A.D.). The highly sought-after scholarship recognizes four outstanding 4-H members who demonstrate personal development, community impact, and leadership excellence in each of 4-H Canada’s four leadership development Pillars. They honour youth who have become exceptional leaders […] Read more

4-H Alberta registration now open

Registration to remain open until Dec. 1

Reading Time: < 1 minute Registration for the 2019-20 4-H Alberta club year is now open until Dec. 1. Leaders can register existing clubs and all their members and volunteer leaders online at Those looking to join a club, needing help to register their club, or wanting more information can call 780-422-4H4H (4444) to speak with a 4-H specialist. […] Read more

The 4-H Foundation of Alberta has awarded $80,000 in scholarships to 10 Alberta rural farm youth.

Ten 4-H’ers share $80,000 in scholarships

Reading Time: 2 minutes The 4-H Foundation of Alberta has awarded the largest monetary scholarship in 4-H Alberta’s history. Through the 2018 Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Fund Scholarship, the foundation has awarded $80,000 in scholarships to 10 Alberta rural farm youth for their studies that began in the fall of 2018. The scholarship was originally established in 2008, […] Read more