May 4-H Saskatchewan Monthly Update

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May 2021

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All of the Regional Public Speaking Competitions were hosted March to May. Congratulations to all those moving one. Pictured is the North East Regional Public Speaking Competition.

Updates to 4-H Saskatchewan COVID-19 Restrictions

4-H Saskatchewan has been working closely with the COVID-19 Business Response Team and were happy to announce in April many 4-H activities were able to resume in-person! Head to the 4-H Saskatchewan COVID-19 webpage to see the updates: You will also find the “In-person Event Planning Checklist” document on this page. In addition to an event-planning checklist that will help you plan events safely, this document contains a table which lists all of the activities, what guideline they fall under and considerations to take when planning. 4-H is also creating a document to assist in the planning process for Beef & Light Horse Achievement Days and Regionals Shows, which should be available mid-May.

Remember – the guidelines can change quickly based on COVID-19 cases in our communities and Public Health Orders. It’s a good idea to have back-up plans in case the restrictions increase in the future. Check the guidelines regularly and stay connected with 4-H for announcements.

Virtual Cooking Session presented by Save-On-Foods

Date: May 11 Location: Online, through Zoom Cost: FREE

Learn about food and make a recipe for a healthy family snack with nutritionist Rhea Lewandocki, a nutrition tour facilitator with Save On Foods and the Regional Program Coordinator for the Virtual Nutrition Tour program in Saskatchewan. Register now at 1

4-H Saskatchewan Events & Opportunities Please note: All planned in-person 4-H events could be changed to virtual events, depending on public health orders and the number of COVID-19 cases in the province. Please remember to continue to check the COVID-19 Preparedness page, as there may be changes made to these programs in the future.

Exploring 4-H At Home Kits

Thanks to a grant through the Emergency Community Support Fund, we have brand new Exploring 4-H At Home kits available for our 4-H clubs and members! These exciting kits will supply you with 4-H activities, supplies, and instructions to complete them. There are nine different kits which fall under the Leadership Development Pillars. Learn about beef production, soil health, weather, food preservation, mental health and more! They are selling out fast so find descriptions for each kit and order yours today at

Staff Challenges This year, we will have social media challenges every two months for 4-H members to take part in! Make sure to pay attention to the 4-H Saskatchewan Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as some days there might be random challenges popping up. Make sure to compete, as there will be prizes for individuals and clubs!

May/June My Year in Photos

It’s spring and with the new season comes Achievement Days! We want to see what your highlights were this year. Share a photo from the beginning, the middle and the end of your year! Share it on social media using #4hskyearinphotos Don’t forget to check the Monthly Update and social media for other special challenges! Some months may have some exciting opportunities for your club to get involved, such as Ag Month in October. 2

Register Now - Virtual Regional 4-H Judging Register Now for Regional 4-H Judging!! Regional 4-H Judging will be held virtually this year, and in the form of one great big virtual judging competition, held on Saturday May 29, 2021. 4-H members of all ages are encouraged to attend! 4-H members will register under one of the six regional judging competition locations, and will only be scored against other members in the same age category who are also registered in that regional location. At the end of the competition, the top eight eligible competitors will form a team for their location and will advance to Provincial 4-H Judging, which is scheduled to be held in-person during the summer of 2021. Qualifying winners at Provincials will advance to Canadian National 4-H & Youth Judging at Agribition 2021. Register now for Regional 4-H Judging on the 4-H Events Calendar page. Thank you to all six qualifying regional committees (Whitewood, Weyburn, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Lloydminster & Swift Current) for assisting 4-H Saskatchewan in the planning process for this one-of-a-kind event! Hope to see you there!

Beef Symposium Date: August 7, 2021 Location: Melfort Price: $30 Beef Symposium will be held in the North East Region this year! This event will take place on August 7 in Melfort and will cover all sorts of information and activities around your beef project and the beef industry. Join us for a day of fun! Keep your eyes on the 4-H website Events Calendar page for more information. Participation numbers might be limited as per government regulations at the time.


Equine Symposium Date: July 10, 2021 Location: Lloydminster Cost: $45

Equine Symposium will be held July 10 in Lloydminster. The date has changed with the hope we will be able to accomodate more 4-H members in the summer! The cost will be $45 for members and leaders and $55 for 4-H parents and friends. Lunch will be provided to all participants. There will be a live demo with a young horse, as well as speakers on equine health topics. Since it is a demonstration clinic, attendees are not required to bring a horse. Registration will be available online through Eventbrite. Check the 4-H website Event Calendar for registration information mid-May!

4-H Regional Day Camps North West

North East

Dates: July 24-25 Location: North Battleford

Dates: July 23-24 Location: Melfort

South West

South East

Dates: August 14-15 Location: Swift Current

Dates: August 14-15 Location: Weyburn

Price for all the day camps will be $20. These camps will be for seven to 12 year old members. The day will be set up similar to a day at camp, with activities based around the four Leadership Development Pillars, a skills session and maybe even some fun campfire songs in the afternoon! There will be two streams - one for Cloverbuds and one for Juniors. Space will be limited to the Government of Saskatchewan’s day camp restricitions. As of May, this means each camp will only have space for 30 4-H members. We will have a wait list, so if this number changes, we will open it up to more people. We will also be looking for senior 4-H members and adult as volunteers to help throughout the day. Volunteers could be working with the campers in a counsellor role or helping with behind the scenes disinfecting, organizing and serving meals/snacks. Registration will be available on the 4-H website mid-May. The Intemediate Project In A Day camp for 13 to 15 year old members will be held September 18-19. More information about this camp will be available soon!


4-H Saskatchewan Video Contest, supported by Save-On Foods T​ he 4-H Saskatchewan Video Contest is an interprovincial competition between B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba 4-H organizations to showcase the 4-H program, youth, and their communities. The contest is proudly supported by Save-On-Foods, and each province will submit their top five videos to Save-On-Foods for the final decision. The winning video from each province will receive a cash prize. 4-H Saskatchewan is accepting video submissions until May 31, 2021. Videos may be submitted individually, or as a club, however the $1,500 cash prize will go directly to the club of the winning submission. 4-H Saskatchewan will select five videos to submit to Save-On-Foods for the final decision (one video from each Leadership Development Pillar category, plus one additional video). One Saskatchewan 4-H Club will receive a prize of $1,500 for their winning video. Learn more at

Pumpkin Growing Contest

Have you ever seen the giant pumpkins entered into contests and wanted to try to grow your own? Enter the 4-H Saskatchewan Pumpkin Growing Contest! The Pumpkin Growing Contest falls under the “Agriculture and Food Security” pillar, and is closely aligned with 4-H Saskatchewan’s Field Crops, Gardening, and Foods projects. Through the Pumpkin Growing Contest, you will incorporate measurement concepts, preparation skills, research abilities, and patience, in addition to learning basic fundamentals of growing and caring for your pumpkins. The deadline to submit your Giant Pumpkin measurements and photos is October 25, so be sure to get started right away! You can find many more helpful growing tips and videos online. Thank you to OSC Seeds for supplying the Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Seeds for this competition! Have fun and be sure to keep us posted with your pumpkin progress using the hashtag #4HSKPumpkins Learn more and sign up today for your pumpkin seeds at


Regional Updates North West Region

North East Region

Meet the Board of Directors

Meet the Board of Directors

Meet the Advisory Council

Meet the Advisory Council

North West Ambassadors

North East Ambassadors

Message From Your Specialist

Message From Your Specialist

Hello North West 4-H’ers!

Happy May North Easters!

As we head into Achievement Day and Regional Show Season please remember to regularly check the COVID-19 page for the most up to date information regarding these events.

Can you believe that it’s May already? Where has the time gone?

• Cameron Choquette, District #22, Toon Town 4-H Club • Becky Huber, District #24, Handel Multiple 4-H Club • Louise Sroka, District#35, Maidstone Gully Multiple 4-H Club • Amanda Kaminski, District #35, Maidstone Cully Multiple 4-H Club • Leaders: Jeanelle W. and Kelly K. • Members: Jessica D., Julei-Ann W. and Jessica W.

I am here and happy to help you with any questions you have regarding the planning, executing or logistics of in person or virtual events during this time. Please remember that members who are not comfortable attending in person achievement days will need to be provided a virtual option. As always, I am here and happy to help with any 4-H questions you may have!


• Mike Kirzinger, District #21, Viscount 4-H Beef Club • Michell Heidecker, District #28, Three Lakes 4-H Beef Club • Trena Hoffus-Preston, District #32, Whispering Pines 4-H Club • Shayla Preston, District #32, Whispering Pines 4-H Club

• Leaders: Miranda H. and Amy M. • Members: Kierra H., Katherine P., Makenzie O. and Kira W.

I hope that clubs are in full swing and getting ready to have a great summer. For clubs that are planning Achievement Days and proejct meetings, I am here to help! Remember that I can always deliver virtual workshops on record books, judging, public speaking, parliamentary procedure, and more! Have a wonderful May!


Events • Prince Albert 4-H Regional Finished Beef Show & Sale - June 2021 • Melfort 4-H Beef Regional Show - July 2021

4-H Saskatchewan delegate to the 4-H Canada Youth Advisory Council (YAC): Brett Rumpel, District #37, Longlaketon Multiple 4-H Club 6

South West Region

South East Region

Meet the Board of Directors

Meet the Board of Directors

Meet the Advisory Council

Meet the Advisory Council

South West Ambassadors

South East Ambassadors

• Stan Figley, District #40, Kyle Multiple 4-H Club • Alvin Pawlitza, District #11, Abbey-Lancer 4-H Beef Club • Kylie Mackie, District #10, Reno Multiple 4-H Club

• Kennedy MacNeil, District #8, Missouri Coteau 4-H Multiple Club • Leaders: Stacey H., Robyn M. and Nora S. • Members: Brynne L., Hanna L. and Makaila P.

• Glenn Gress, District #1, Browning Multiple Club • Jason Frey, District #41, Alameda 4-H Beef Club • Brittany Stepp, District #7, Radville 4-H Beef Club

Grace Christensen, District #41, Alameda 4-H Beef Club

• Leaders: Susan A., Paula B. and Jennifer W. • Members: Madeline C., Emily S. and Tabatha B.

Acheivement Day Questions? For more information on planning your Achievment Day, please be sure to click on the button/document entitled “InPerson Event COVID-19 Planning Checklist Document” on the 4-H COVID webpage ( The first portion contains an Activity Plan that you are encouraged to fill out when planning your “A-Day”. Please send me a copy and I will check it over to ensure all your bases are covered. The latter portion entails all the guidelines specific to the different 4-H projects, and how you can run both your club meetings and your Achievement Day. Please contact me if you have any questions or need assistance.

Regional 4-H Judging!

Member Delegates to the Board of Directors:

If you normally attend Regional 4-H Judging in Whitewood or Weyburn, this event is for you! This year’s qualifying Regional 4-H Judging events will be held as one big virtual judging competition on May 29. Competitors will be viewing 5+ classes online, and will be scoring these classes through a virtual judging card. Competitors will register under the location they normally judge at, and if they are eligible, can secure a spot on that location’s judging team at Provincials. It is open to all registered 4-H members, and is hosted by 4-H Saskatchewan, with assistance from the regional judging program committee. As your Regional 4-H Specialist, I will be one of the facilitators of this event. Hope to see you there!

Brooklyn Trask, District #22, Saskatoon 4-H Beef Club

Beef/Light Horse Achievement Days and Regional Show Info

Dylan Watt, District #9, Beechy Multiple 4-H Club

4-H is creating a document to assist in the planning process for Beef & Light Horse Achievement Days and Regionals Shows. It will explain the COVID guidelines organizers will need to follow, and offer suggestions how. This document will be available on the website in mid-May and will be sent to General Leaders and Regional Show contacts.


4-H Canada Opportunities 4-H Canada Scholarships

Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction (L.E.A.D.) The L.E.A.D. awards recognize outstanding 4-H’ers who epitomize 4-H youth empowerment. We are looking to acknowledge and honour confident, accomplished 4-H’ers who have gained critical life skills through their 4-H experience. The award winners will also demonstrate how they positive impact their community through their 4-H experience. Four national Youth L.E.A.D. Award Winners will be selected (one for each pillar). Each will receive: A $20,000 scholarship for higher education ($5,000 annually for four years), an all-expenses paid trip to attend the 4-H Canada Members Forum, pairing with a mentor in the field in which they were selected, a reference letter from their mentor, a letter of congratulations from 4-H Canada’s Chief Executive Officer and the opportunity to be featured as a 4-H Youth L.E.A.D. Spokesperson.

John Deere Canada 4-H Scholarships Through the generosity of John Deere Canada, 15 scholarships – valued at $1,000 each – are available to 4-H members across Canada. Opportunities such as this help support 4-H members who will pursue a post-secondary education at a Canadian college or university in a degree, certificate or trade-based program.

TD 4-H Agriculture Scholarships Through the generosity of TD Bank Group, 12 $2,500 scholarships are available to 4-H members who are pursuing post-secondary education in agriculture, ag-science or agri-business at a Canadian university or college in September 2021.

Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers 4-H Scholarships Through the generosity of the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers, two scholarships - each valued at $500 – are available to 4-H members planning to attend a Canadian university or college in an agriculture-based program, ideally with a focus on sheep related studies.

Process: Apply directly to 4-H Canada at Learn more at Deadline to apply is May 31, 2021.

4-H Canada Healthy Living Intiatives

Resources in this focus area will allow youth and leaders to achieve a state of well-being where they are able to properly care for their bodies and make choices that improve their overall health. In this resource, you will find tip sheets for both yourself as a 4-H leader, and for your 4-H members. You will find that these tip sheets complement each other and share important information that connect to all aspects of healthy living! ome of the resources include tip sheets for members and leaders, an activity guide and more! Learn more at healthyliving/physicalhealth Resources in this focus area will allow youth and leaders to achieve a state of well-being where they are able to reach their own potential and make positive contributions to their community. Ten tip sheets with important and usable information related to this focus area are available for downloading and printing. Five tip sheets are geared towards volunteer leaders and five are geared towards youth members. Learn more at mentalhealth


4-H Saskatchewan is a project-based youth organization dedicated to the growth and development of our members, leaders, volunteers, and staff through our motto:

Learn To Do By Doing

Board of Directors The role of the Board of Directors is to set direction and policy of the 4-H program. They contribute to defining the organization’s Mission, Vision and Core Values and governing their fulfillment.


Cameron Choquette Becky Huber Brittany Stepp

NORTH WEST LEADER DELEGATES Cameron Choquette Becky Huber Louise Sroka

306-327-8460 (C) 306-948-7506 306-895-3117

Mike Kirzinger Michell Heidecker Trena Hoffus-Preston

306-944-4244 (H) 306-231-8783 306-930-2525

Stan Figley Alvin Pawlitza Kylie Mackie

306-375-2775 (H) 306-689-2597 (H) 306- 558-7144 (C)

Glenn Gress Jason Frey Brittany Stepp

306-487-3279 (H) 306-486-7230 306-861-4179 (H)

Dylan Watt Brooklyn Trask

306-859-7830 306-491-9902


Provincial 4-H Office


The provincial office is made up of a dynamic staff team ready to serve our new and existing members, leaders and clubs throughout the province. The provincial office staff is happy to be of assistance, so please do not hesitate to contact us.



Phone: (306) 933-7727 Fax: (306) 933-7730 E-mail:


Address: 3830 Thatcher Avenue Saskatoon, SK. S7R 1A5 Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Closed on holidays


(306) 933-7729

Cera Youngson

COMMUNICATIONS Jodi Schellenberg

(306) 933-6961


(306) 933-7728

Karrie Watson


(306) 933-7727

Shirley Wensley


(306) 933-7731

Sandi Sirois


Shelby Corey

(306) 933-7348

REGIONAL 4-H SPECIALISTS Each region has a regional 4-H specialist available to support the members, leaders, and clubs in that region. Contact your regional 4-H specialist with questions, or if you require support. They are also happy to help with club start-ups, and offer workshops for clubs. NORTH WEST

Kalynne Martin

Office: 306-933-6723 Cell: 306-280-3755 Email:


Kaitlyn Keller

Office: 306-964-1545 Cell: 306-229-2064 Email:




The Youth Advisory Council brings the opinions, ideas, and voice of youth 4-H members to the Saskatchewan 4-H Council.


Shelby Longworth


Melodi Hawkesford-Lee

Office: 306-787-1958 Cell: 306-529-5446 Email:


Youth Advisory Council



306-944-4244 (H)


NORTH EAST Office: 306-964-1544 Cell: 306-220-6315 Email:

306-946-3237 (W)

Kaminski Shayla Preston Kennedy MacNeil Grace Christensen

Coming soon! blueblanket037@ glchristensen.34@gmail. com



18-YEAR-OLD MEMBER DELEGATES Dylan Watt Brooklyn Trask

306-859-7830 306-491-9902

Contact your Regional Representatives if you would like to share your opinions, suggestions, or concerns relating to the Saskatchewan 4-H Council’s policy, programming or direction.


Calendar of 4-H Events

Deadlines Video Contest (supported by Save-on Foods)

May 31

Virtual Cooking Session (Save-On-Foods)

May 11


4-H Canada Scholarship Applications

May 31

Provincial Public Speaking

May 15-16


Beef Trivia Contest

Career Readiness Webinars (RBC)

May 17-20


Pumpkin Growing Contest

Regional 4-H Judging

May 29


Equine Symposium

July 10


4-H Canada AGM

July 13


Ag In Motion

July 20-22

near Langham

Summer Day Camps

July 24-25

NE and NW

Beef Symposium

August 7


Summer Day Camps

August 24-25

SW and SE

Provincial Judging

August 21-22


Intermediate Project In A Day Camp

Sept. 18-19


Science Day

Oct. 9


June 1 Oct. 25

Career Readiness Webinars May 18-20

Are you looking for advice on how to get ready for the workforce? Register for the Career Readiness Webinars, supported by RBC!

May 18 - RBC Upskill

First, we will talk about some basics on gaining skills and creating a resume. Then, use your current your skills, education, interests and work experience to discover and prepare for the job you want!

May 19 - Personal Brand

With Leighton Smith from RBC. Learn how to set yourself apart from the crowd and stand out by detemining your personal brand.

May 20 - Careers in Ag

Learn about different careers in agriculture through a ThinkAg presentation from Shayla Hertz from ATIC Canada.

Registration will be available May 6 at


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