LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PILLARS
Horse & Pony
Arts & Crafts
Looking Good, Feeling Great
     General 4-H
Summerville 4-H Club 13 years
North River 4-H Club 12 years
Pleasant Valley 4-H Club 12 years
Grand River East 4-H Club 13 years
Grand River East 4-H Club 13 years
Western Region Central Region Eastern Region Directors at Large YAC Senior Member Staff
Moira Shaw Fred Vanderkloet Alicia Bruce Shelley Jollimore Sophie MacDonald Hannah Larsen Rayanne Frizzell
Brenda Larsen Theo Kouwenberg Wade Loane Ryan Barret
Business Reps Voting Delegates Member at Large Board Rep Staff
David Tingley Shari MacDonald John J. MacDonald Fred Vanderkloet Rayanne Frizzell
John Scales Vacant
Western Region Central Region Eastern Region Board Rep Staff
Jennifer Praught Gail Wallace James Rhynes Carolyn Wood Melaney Matheson Jeff Matheson Wade Loane Jackie Harlow
Western Region Central Region Eastern Region Board Staff
Janelle Mann Monica MacAusland Linda Craig Faye Murphy-Gallant Kerri Ferguson Vacant Sophie MacDonald Mary Jane MacPhee
Western Region Central Region Eastern Region Board Staff
Jenna MacKinnon Jeff Dingwell Brandon Malone Ryan Barret Alyx Ellis
President: Vice: Treasurer: Secretary:
Michelle Gough Neleah Lavoie Steve Brousseau
Brenda Larsen Fred Vanderkloet Alicia Bruce Moira Shaw
On, or near, the of each month the Provincial 4-H Office distributes a monthly E-newsletter to all members and leaders who are active in our database system. Communication is key. Communication can also be confusing. There are so many platforms for communicating information at our fingertips and “the best way” has become a hypothetical question.
However, there is power in consistency. In saying this, we commit to
dates, deadlines, upcoming events, and the latest news, including direct links to items that need to
be followed up, once a month. It is a one stop shop for members, leaders and families to stay up to date with what is happening in the 4-H PEI program. In return we ask that you consistently check out the newsletter each month - don’t just scroll by! Add an E-News section on your 4-H Club monthly meeting agenda, or if you have been assigned the responsibility of creating the agenda, be sure to check the newsletter for new and old business.
“When the 2020 4-H year had an unexpected end we were left with upsetting news that exhibitions were cancelled for the summer. This sparked the idea of bringing the exploration centre to the virtual world to promote the program and projects to the public while having activities for 4-H members. Members and Alumni from all over the Island came together to show off their skills and practice their public speaking, all while creating videos with fun at home projects. The videos were posted weekly leaving viewers to have time to prepare for the next segment. From STEM to livestock, crafts to experiments and showing animals, the videos varied. “ The Virtual Exploration Centre” was a great way to encourage 4-H activities during strange times. The encouragement and engagement from members and the community are what allowed the project to work so wonderfully!”
Top 4-H Livestock Member Award, sponsored by David & Jean Tingley Anna Doran, Ellerslie 4-H Club Charlie Goodwin Memorial - Top Horse & Pony Member Award Anna Jesulatis, Albany Centennial 4-H Club Callbeck’s Home Building Centre Top Member Award Daniel Naddy, Millview-Vernon River 4-H Club Elmer Larsen - Member Recognition Award Jack Affleck, Albany Centennial 4-H Club Buddy Loane Memorial Award - Top Beef Showperson Gabrielle Naddy, Millview Vernon River 4-H Club
Women in Agriculture Leader Recognition Award Jody Williams, Ellerslie 4-H Club
Brookvale Lime Community Activity Club Award 1st Wheatley River 4-H Club 2nd Lot 16 4-H Club 3rd Millview Vernon River 4-H Club 4th Albany Centennial 4-H Club PEI Women’s Institute Agriculture Awareness Activity Award 1st Millview Vernon River 4-H Club 2nd Wheatley River 4-H Club 3rd Albany Centennial 4-H Club
Honourary Member of 4-H PEI Gwen Thompson Friend of 4-H PEI Andy Walker
US National 4-H Conference
Going Global Exchange
National Members Forum
Megan Downe, Cavendish 4-H Club
Isabella Acorn, Grand River East 4-H Club Alecia Gallant, Elmsdale 4-H Club Ryan Boswall, North River 4-H Club Isaac Drake, Millview Vernon River 4-H Club Avery Nicholson, Cavendish 4-H Club Chloe Loane, Brooklyn Heatherdale 4-H Club Chaperone: Sandra Hodder-Acorn, Grand River East 4-H Club Brandon Malone, Morell & Area 4-H Club
Jessica Larsen, Albany Centennial 4-H Club Nicolle MacDonald, Grand River East 4-H Club Chloe Loane, Brooklyn Heatherdale 4-H Club Chaperone: Rose Mary Garrett, Millview Vernon River
PEI 4-H Council Scholarship Kaitlyn MacNeil Cavendish 4-H Club
PEI 4-H Alumni Scholarship
Megan Vanderkloet Dunstaffnage Marshfield 4-H Club
Isabella Acorn, Grand River East 4-H Club Avery Nicholson, Cavendish 4-H Club
Cavendish Agri Services PEI 4-H Trust Scholarships
Janie Beaton, Freetown New Harmony 4-H Club Jory Donovan, Summerville 4-H Club Ella Doucette, Cavendish 4-H Club Daniel Naddy, Millview Vernon River 4-H Club Bethany Visser, Millview Vernon River 4-H Club
n the middle of the 4-H year, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared that Covid-19 had reached a pandemic level. While PEI had not seen any cases at this point in time, on March 13, 2020, Chief Public Health Office, Dr Heather Morrison, held the first public briefing that advised Islanders to cancel non-essential international travel. Islanders who had travelled outside of Canada were advised to come home as soon as possible and isolate for 14 days. March 14 marked the day that the first Covid-19 case was confirmed on PEI. In the days that followed schools, post secondary educational institutions, nonessential services, appointments and more were shut down or cancelled. People were ordered to stay home… and lucky for us, we were able to introduce “4-H at Home,” Virtual Projects.
Dairy Beef Sheep Poultry Rabbit Equine Exploring Pets Gardening Floriculture
20 10 16 15 23 19 8 15 3
Foods Crafts Scrapbooking Cake Decorating Looking Good, Feeling Great
25 15 4 18 19
Great Outdoors Sustainable Living Photography Intro to STEM Agri. Sustainability & Tech
12 8 11 10 4
Top: Albany Centennial Club always holds a roadside clean up in our community each spring. Although we couldn’t go out in large groups this year, families were encouraged to clean up in their areas. We did a stretch of Rte 10 in Cape Traverse
Julia (above) and Emily (below) MacBeath learn to clip their calves in preparation for their neighbourhood junior show.
Albany Club members made Easter cards to deliver to local seniors and residents at the Crapaud Villa.
Gabriela Beaulac learning to knit.
This future 4-Her, Ashlee Archibald, learned about horses, worked with rabbits and planted a garden with her family! Isabel Burns does some taste testing!
Leaders are learning too! Moira Shaw learns how to raise chickens (again) and how to refinish stairs!
This future 4-Her planted a green pepper from the seed he found in a green pepper. Look at it grow!
Harry Kouwenberg spending time on a Woodworking project .
Even though Charley Serres is not yet a 4-Her, she plans to join this fall, here are a few pictures of what she's been up to. Selling Sedums, and also raising Bantys and ducks.
Top, L-R: Keeley Doucette, Lily Prosper, Naomi Demeulenaere, Anneka Kouwenberg & Emma McQuillan busy in the kitchen! Right: Curtis Frizzel helps with some heavy lifting for a new garden! Left: Beckett Campbell holding “Papaya.” We were lucky enough to have three chickens donated to us from Leif Taylor. John, Anneka and Beckett have beautiful Silver Spangled Hamburg bantam chickens.
Claire Keough, taken by Mom - Jacinta, Albany-Centennial Lily Prosper, Millview Vernon River Rylan Dunn, photo by Mom - Jovanna, Morell & Area
Cavendish 4-H Club 1st place Senior Category Hand Drawn Poster
Fort Augustus 4-H Club 1st place Junior Category Hand Drawn Poster
Millview Vernon River 4-H Club 1st place Intermediate Category Hand Drawn Poster
Millview Vernon River 4-H Club 1st place Intermediate Category Digitally Designed Poster
“ I am and I represent the membership of pei as the Youth Advisory Committee Pei Representative. My second year as YAC looked a bit different. A highlight was definitely co-emceeing Canadian Ag Day 2020 before everything became online. NB YAC Brandon and myself emceed the first virtual 4-H Canada conference, Members Forum 2020. Even though it was online, many friendships were made and plenty of networking happened. I look forward to what my final year as a YAC member will bring and always feel free to reach out with any questions or thoughts! “
Though the 2020 PEI Easter Beef Show & Sale were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some of our families still had some good fortune come their way. The Potts Family and the Larsen Family story is worth an . Austin, Nolan and Addison Potts were registered to show their animals. Austin would show a steer raised on the family farm, born from his own purebread Angus cows. Nolan would show in the 4-H classes for the first time and Addison would show in the open classes as she is not of 4-H age yet. Upon hearing that the sale was cancelled the Larsen Family (Norring Road Custom Harvest - beef producers and custom grass and corn harvesting) decided that they would still support the 4-H members. Brenda & Lorne, along with their sons Robert and Justin, have deep 4-H roots. The Potts’ Family was the lucky recipient of their kindness and generosity. Brenda said she knew how much effort kids put into working with their animals and the extra costs of feed. The Larsen’s wanted to recognize the hard work and effort that Austin, Nolan & Addison put into preparing their animals and their ”Learn to do by Doing,” attitude as the 4-H motto says!
Overall Provincial Sellers: 1. Miguel Rogers, Lot 16 2. Rylan Dunn, Morell & Area 3. The Wood Family, Dunstaffnage Marshfield 4. The Curruthers Family, Kensington 5. Ella McIver, Albany Centennial
Top Honey Sales: The Thompson Family, Dunstaffnage Marshfield The Wood Family, Dunstaffnage Marshfield The Curruthers Family, Kensington Top Soap Sales: The Wood Family, Dunstaffnage Marshfield
Canadian Agricultural Youth Council member, , a long time member of the Grand River East 4-H Club says: “The CAYC is a new consultative body created by Minister Bibeau. The 25 youth on the council offer a diverse range of perspectives from all over the agricultural industry. We had our inaugural meeting in September of 2020. We have had many great discussions on what we think the main topics of interest are to the future of Canadian Agriculture. “
“My name is
and in October 2020 I became the president of the MJHA and one of the national delegates for the CJHA. Before this I was the president of my 4-H club so I feel like that really helped me going into the new role with the MJHA since I’ve gotten some experience on chairing meetings and coming up with new ideas for the club. So far it’s been a busy couple of months but I enjoy it and am extremely glad that I get to represent the Maritimes at the national level, and PEI at the Maritime level. I am looking forward to the next year and can’t wait to share all of my ideas and work towards getting juniors more involved.”
, a member of the Albany Centennial 4-H Club was elected to the 4-H Canada Board of Directors in July 2020. Prior to this in his role as PEI’s YAC representative he had sat as an observer to the board. Robert’s 2 year term comes to an end this July, but he is intending to run for a second term. While the National board does not require representation from geographic regions, it is great to have Robert involved at the National level to be the voice for PEI and the Atlantic Region.
This year there were three very deserving members nominated for the Allison Profit Memorial Award for Top Member in the 4-H PEI Western Region; those members were MacKenzie Praught (Kensington), Sydney Gallant (Elmsdale), and Gemma MacLean (Lot 16). The top honour went to MacKenzie Praught! Over the past five years MacKenzie has shown great dedication to 4-H PEI at the club, regional, and provincial levels. She has held executive roles within her club such as the role of Club President and as the MAC (Member Advisory Committee) Representative. When the club struggled to find a Cake Decorating Leader, MacKenzie stepped up to teach the project as a junior leader, and has since gone on to also lead the Cloverbud Project for her club. Her own project work as a member has been exemplary in the following projects: Cake Decorating 1 and 2, Horse and Pony, Rabbits, BioFutures, and Vet Project. Congrats to MacKenzie and all of this years nominees, and big thanks to our judges for this award; Hal Perry, Karin MacInnis-Larter, and Elizabeth Landrigan.
The Evangeline 4-H Club served the Remembrance Day supper at the Wellington Legion. The younger members got all the tables ready and the older members, parents, and leaders served the meals.
MacKenzie Praught receiving her Top Member Award from regional president, Brenda Larsen.
In January the Lot 16 4-H Club had Candy Gallant (Humane Society/ Wildlife Rehabber) come talk about her work and show us some of her unique pets. The Rose Valley 4-H Club hosted this year's regional Chocolate Bar Bingo. The event was held at the Breadalbane Community Centre in February and a fun time was had by all. Also in February the Kensington 4-H Club went to Clinton View Lodge and played bingo with the residents as their Community Service Activity. In the spring members of Albany Centennial 4-H Club prepared cards and mailed them to the seniors of the South Shore Villa in Crapaud. This was the beginning of a continued project of sending seasonal card to each member of the villa to help keep spirits up during this challenging time, with visitor restrictions.
Sydney Gallant receiving her Top Member nominee plaque from regional president, Brenda Larsen.
The Ellerslie Adventurers 4-H Club completed most of their 4-H projects for the upcoming year over the summer via online sessions lead by senior 4-H member, Slaine McGuire. In late summer the Freetown Harmony 4-H Club met with Maurice Bernard for a sandcastle building workshop in North Rustico. They built amazing sandcastles after cleaning up the beach for part of their Community Service Activity.
4-H PEI EAST
On January 6th, 2020, members of the Summerville 4-H Club went to Perrins Marina Villain in Montague to spend time playing games and interacting with residents. Some of the members played shuffleboard, some played card games and others played crokinole. The members had a great time interacting with the residents and the residents appeared to enjoy the company of the younger generation A snack was provided by the Villa staff for the residents and the 4-H members to enjoy.
Although it was an unusual year for 4-H PEI. The Grand River East 4-H Club was still very grateful to have hosted their Annual Community Appreciation Dinner. Members worked hard to prepare the food with the help of all the parents. As usual, the meal was a hit and we look forward to a time when we are able to safely host this dinner again.
In October Brooklyn- Heatherdale members went to pick apples today at Maple Farms in Lower Montague to donate to the Southern Kings Food Bank!! It was a beautiful day to pick apples!
Morell & Area 4-H club had 24 members register. We held our registration night on October 9th. Our members participated in the provincial cheese sale with Rylan Dunn finishing second in the top provincial sellers. We held our Christmas party on December 4th with a yankee gift exchange. Chloe Jones went on the 4-J Members Forum trip to Halifax in December. Brandon Malone was awarded a Going Global Exchange trip to Taiwan. Our rabbit project held it first session on March 3rd. On March 13th all in person programming was ended and our rabbit project went virtual.
- Harvested pumpkins grown by the members and sold in the community with sales over $2000. Proceeds used to purchase lime for soybean field grown for Canadian Food grains bank. Pumpkins were also donated to Bluefield for their fundraiser and to Pallative care. Members went skating on Remembrance Day and donated toys for Christmas at the Salvation Army and turkeys for the turkey drive. Members also went caroling in December and presented a cheque to James Gallant, facilitator of the popular Christmas light show in Rustico, for the Children’s Wish Foundation Members attended an Islander Hockey game and had very good participation in the club’s virtual foods project. Representatives from the Canada Food Bank met with the club for a very interactive presentation. For Easter, members were asked to reach out to members in the community just to say ‘hello’ vs. preparing and delivering Easter gift baskets Roadside Cleanup in the Spring - Hosted a Halloween Party and Bingo night - Very busy with re-organization in the fall and held a series of ice-breakers at their first meeting to get acquainted. January, members got together and made ‘Valentines for Vets’. Project meetings for Horse and Dairy helped members learn about confirmation and parts of the body. February decorated and exchanged valentine treat boxes at the monthly meeting Had a presentation by Mark Arsenault, a Habitat/Wildlife Technician with the Government of PEI
- Friday with the Beaulac’s...a series that happened as part of 4-H at home - Exploring 4-H projects
- Community Service Activity - Senior members dressed up for Halloween and went door to door collecting non-perishable food and candy for the Food Bank. They also celebrated year end achievement awards for the Central Region with the Club of the Year and Sustained Achievement (2018-2019) Ag. Awareness Activity - Members helped harvest vegetables and grade potatoes at Orwell Corner. Harvests went to the Food Bank and Soup Kitchen Members donated $5 to go to a IWK Foundation in lieu of exchanging presents and took part in caroling at the Gillis Lodge. Guest speakers at general meetings included Farmers Helping Farmers and a Bee Keeping presentation Club purchased T-shirts with the club name thanks to Farm Credit Canada. Members donated to the Humane Society and in April, they donated Vanco tulips to the residents at Gillis’ Lodge. Roadside Clean-up in the Spring
Hosted the annual roast beef supper, selling over 600 meals Laid a wreath at the local Remembrance Day ceremony and hosted a community skate in Crapaud Members took part in sending ‘Valentine’s for Vets’ at the February meeting Hosted the intermediate event in March with a great turnout Halloween Party in October. Shopped for 2 Christmas families and had a Bowling & Pizza night. Hosted Area communications - excellent turnout
Annual Halloween party - admission was a donation to the Food Bank Members participated in Remembrance Day ceremonies and helped sort donations to the Food Bank Completed Community Service Activity by purchasing and filling Christmas Bags for Senior residents at Rosewood Villa Held a games night at the February meeting Club purchased embroidered winter hats thanks to Farm Credit Canada...missed participating in the Club Burger Love in April due to Covid Roadside Clean-up in the Spring