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4- H Canada receives well deserved financial support

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I don’t always agree with our governments and their policies, even more so how and who they choose to send money to. The announcement by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada last Friday May 22, 2009 that they were investing more than $3 million over a four period in 4-H Canada is an exception. 

As noted in the news release the 4-H program has been helping youth for almost 100 years, develop the many skills required to enter the agricultural field. At a time in our history where the family farm is in serious jeopardy and the average age of farmers is in and around the age of 55 years or older, this funding is a welcome shot in the arm for the 4-H organization and agriculture in Canada.

 Besides the agricultural aspect to the 4-H program, social, personal development, communication and leadership skills are stressed for members. Also to be commended are the countless volunteer leaders who help run this incredible organization. Many are farmers themselves who already put in seven days a week running their own farm and yet still find the time to volunteer and mentor these young people.

 I have copied from the Ontario 4-H website their member’s pledge.

PLEDGE

 I pledge:

My HEAD to clearer thinking,

My HEART to greater loyalty,

My HANDS to larger service,

My HEALTH to better living,

For my club, My community, And my country. 

What better values and philosophy could we be teaching our young people? These are our future agricultural and community leaders and they all deserve our support. Congratulations to 4-H Canada for the tremendous work they have done over the many years and continue to do with our young people and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for their monetary support of such a deserving organization.

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Written by terrystevenson

May 24, 2009 at 11:14 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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