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Opportunities Guide 2014

LEADERSHIP TOMORROW THROUGH LEARNING TODAY A Guide to scholarships and grants, exchanges, committees, events, provincial, National and international activities, shows, programs, conferences and other opportunities available to Quebec 4-H members and volunteers

What is an Opportunities Guide?

Table of Contents

This 4-H opportunities guide is published annually as a resource for members, parents and volunteers. The information in this guide may be subject to change, so be sure to verify fees,





information with the most recent update from the Quebec 4-H Provincial Office.

General information...................................1 Provincial Activities………………..…...2-3 National Programs……………………...…4 International Programs….……………...…5 Competitions…………….……………..….6 Scholarships and Awards....……….…..7-10 Calendar…………………….………...11-14 Chaperoning & Hosting Opportunities…..….15 Volunteer Committees/Events....…….....16 The Royal and Other Shows………….....17 Funding for Clubs....………...……….…..18 Dairy Opportunities…………....…….......19 Learning & Work Opportunities.……….20 Work & Travel Opportunities….……..…21 Contests & 4-H Opportunities….…….…22

HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE 1. Read through all the program descriptions and information to see if you are eligible. 2. Make sure to verify requirements and deadlines ahead of time. 3. Make sure to confirm which organization you must contact to apply for opportunities. 4. The “APPLY BY” date is the deadline to apply for the opportunity to the organization listed.

4-H 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.

4-H Motto “Learn to Do by Doing”

CANCELLATION POLICY: “Participants registered for a 4-H provincial activity, with the exception of Rally which has its own policy, will pay a cancellation fee equivalent to half of the registration fee for that activity if they cancel within 10 days of the event.”

Ways to keep up-to-date: You can look for event and activity updates throughout the year in The News Spreader and monthly email updates. The submission deadline for each issue is the 15th of the month preceding publication (i.e. the 15th of January for the February issue). Check for updates to opportunities in the monthly email updates sent out to Leaders, Presidents and Club Directors at the beginning of each month. Visit our website ( for event details, application forms and updated information. Also join our Facebook group (Quebec 4-H) for current information and to connect with other 4-H friends! Quebec 4-H Macdonald Campus Harrison House 3-04, 21,111 Lakeshore Rd, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9 Phone : (514) 398-8738 Fax : (514) 398-8652 Email : 1

Junior Camps

All 4-H’ers are invited to participate or watch our square dance competition. Prizes for teams, callers, couples. Open dancing for all after the competition finishes. More info to come. Contact: Chelsea,

Square Dance Competition






Innovative Ag Tour








Senior Weekend



Discovery Days





Provincial Rally


Annual General Meeting

22-25 years old


16-21 years old


13-15 years old


Leadership Camp

Who: Members aged 9-12 Date: February 14-16, 2014 Location: Base de Plein Air, Les Cedres, QC Fee: $60 Theme: For the Birds REGISTER BY: FEBRUARY 1, 2014 Junior members have the opportunity to meet kids from other clubs while having fun making crafts, playing games and enjoying winter sports. Guest speaker from the Ecomuseum with live birds of prey.


All ages as of January 1, 2014.

9-12 years old


All members, family and friends Sunday, February 23, 2014 Hosted by MAC/JAC 4-H in the Macdonald Campus Ballroom TBD


Who: Date: Location:

Which age groups (see right ďƒ ) are eligible for the following activities?

6-8 years old



Provincial Activities

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X*= PeeWees and Juniors from the host club only can attend these activities (IAT and Rally)


Bring your camera and skates. Who:


Date: Location:

Who: Date: Location:

Members aged 9-12 August 10-13, 2014 Voyageur Provincial Park, Chute-aBlondeau, ON Fee: $70 Theme: Out of this World REGISTER BY: JULY 15, 2014 Juniors get the opportunity to practice their camping skills: cooking, campfire-building, and putting up tents. Enjoy skits, crafts and games, all while exploring nature and the great outdoors. Bring your camera. Members will learn about the solar system, constellations and invasive alien species.


Members aged 13-25, and juniors from the host club March 7-9, 2014 Hosted by Hatley 4-H in the Easten Townships $60

REGISTER BY: FEBRUARY 1, 2014 Tour various farms and agribusinesses in a particular region, and learn about best business practices and innovations. Members gain a firsthand understanding of the successes and challenges faced by producers in the agriculture and agri-food industry. Participants will be billeted with local 4-H families.

All registrations or applications should be sent to Quebec 4-H with payment unless otherwise stated. They may be mailed, faxed or scanned and emailed. 2


39th PROVINCIAL RALLY Who: Date: Location:


Who: Date: Location:

Theme: Country Fairs Members aged 12-25, and younger members from the host club July 17-20, 2014 Ormstown Fairgrounds Hosted by the Chateauguay Valley 4-H Clubs $60 (includes 1 project, $20 more for each additional project)


REGISTER BY: MAY 1, 2014 Leadership Camp is a great way to meet other Intermediates and learn about 4-H provincially and nationally. Come build teamwork and communication skills and have fun! Learn the basics of how to run a meeting and use a budget while splitting up into “clubs” or teams at camp and completing challenges. Enjoy outdoor adventures like wall climbing, archery and kayaking. Practice your cooking, campfire and other skills learned at junior camps while developing the skills to make you a great leader!

REGISTER BY: JUNE 1, 2014 As the biggest and busiest of Quebec 4-H’s annual activities, members compete for club and individual points with one or more personal projects. They also take part in fun things like the farmers’ Olympics. Clubs arrive and register Thursday evening. Classes and competitions are held Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Winners are announced at the banquet on Saturday evening. Billeting is available and camping on site. Members may enter one or more project in:  Public Speaking  Life Skills  Livestock (beef, dairy, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, sheep) Clubs can compete for points in:  Costume Class  Fitting Competition (beef, dairy, sheep)  Barn Decorating All members participate in the judging competition. Late fees will apply to all registrations received after June 1 st.

DISCOVERY DAYS January 18, 2014 Destination: TBD Discovery Days are one day outings for senior and proven members. Visit agricultural enterprises then top the day off with adventure such as rock climbing. Help design the program. In 2013 members visited an organic cheese production and went Go-Karting!

Members aged 13-15 May 23- 25, 2014 Camp Tamaracouta Scout Reserve, Milles Isles $60

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Who: Date: Location: Fee:

Open to all members, leaders, alumni and partners Saturday, November 22, 2014 Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue $50

REGISTER BY: NOVEMBER 1, 2014 Participate in the AGM, Board meeting, and development workshops all during the day, bid for events. Celebrate club and individual achievements at the banquet that evening. Awards for the top 10 judges for the year, Most Community Involvement, Most Improved Club, Best Public Speaker, and Leadership Award will all be presented. Don’t forget to bring your Achievement Day posters!

Ontario 4-H’s “Sen$e Conferences” Equine Sen$e – March 27th -29th, 2014 Hampton Inn, Guelph, Ontario Dairy Sen$e – May 1st – 3rd, 2014 University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

SHARE YOUR BRILLIANT IDEAS:  Do you have ideas for what activities or events you would like 4-H to hold?  Do you have suggestions for workshops at Leadership Conference, Senior Members’ Weekend or AGM?  Can you tell us about a great facility in your community or an interesting place to visit?  THEN LET US KNOW - contact the Quebec 4-H Provincial Office!

Sheep & Goat Sen$e – July 24th – 26th, 2014 University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario Beef Sen$e - August 7th – 9th, 2014 Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario

Application deadlines vary. Info: 3

National Programs NATIONAL 4-H CITIZENSHIP SEMINAR Who: Date: Location: Fee:

Canadian 4-H Council 3 delegates aged 16-21 April 2015 Ottawa, ON $250

4-H YOUTH EXCHANGES CANADA Who: When: Fee: Apply to:

2 Groups of 10 youth ages 12-17 End of June to August, 1 week away and 1 week hosting. $100 per member 4-H Canada



Objectives of the seminar:  To increase their awareness and understanding of the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizens.  To increase their awareness and understanding of the structure and functions of the Canadian Parliamentary system.  To share ideas and develop an understanding and an appreciation of other Canadians and their 4-H programs.  To travel and become more familiar with another part of Canada.


Groups are twinned with youth the same age from another province or territory and take turns staying in each other’s homes and experiencing life in a different part of the country. Minimum one chaperone per group is required, see chaperone section for details.

AGRIVENTURE 4-H SCHOLARSHIP Who: Members and alumni aged 18-30 Date: Travel in 2014 (return before March 2015) Location: International, 1 or more countries Value: $3,000 towards your program expenses Submit application to: Quebec 4-H

NATIONAL 4-H CONFERENCE Canadian 4-H Council

Who: Date: Location: Fee:

5 delegates aged 16-21 November 5-9th, 2014 Toronto, Ontario $250

APPLY BY: NOVEMBER 1, 2014 If you would like to travel to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, or Japan on an agricultural or home management exchange through AgriVenture Global, you could win $3,000 towards your program expenses (costs range from $4,000-$8,000 depending on length of trip and location). Applicants must have reference letters to confirm they have been in 4-H for at least 2 years and must submit their application to Quebec 4-H by the deadline. Quebec 4-H will forward 1 application to the national selection committee. Only 1 nationally-selected applicant will receive the scholarship. Contact Quebec 4-H for the application. See page 5 for more details about the program.

APPLY BY: AUGUST 6, 2014 Visit the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and other local sites. Meet 4-H’ers from across Canada. More information to follow. In 2013 Shelby Drew of Hatley 4-H won the John Deere Canada scholarship, sponsored in part by Groupe JLD Lague.

NOTICE: Participants attending select national programs must pay the registration fee directly to the Canadian 4-H Council. After completing the event report for the provincial office, Quebec 4-H will reimburse participants for 1/3 of the registration fee.

The CIBC/4-H National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award Value: $100 per provincial winner + $2,000 for National winner Number: 10 (1 per province) and 1 National winner Nominate your leader at: APPLY BY: DECEMBER 2014 This award is designed to celebrate and recognize the commitment made by all 4-H volunteer leaders in Canada. Leaders are nominated by 4-H members who fill out the nomination form online and submit it to the Canadian 4-H Council.


International Opportunities W. GARFIELD WESTON FOUNDATION 4-H INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE Who: Date: Location: Fee:

Canadian 4-H Council 1 or more members aged 18+ from Quebec will travel to1 country each Delegate travel time will vary, 2014 United Kingdom, Taiwan, South Korea, Finland, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Africa $350 (Quebec 4-H will reimburse 1/3 of cost after receiving the trip report)

APPLY BY: January 1st, 2014 Details: The Canadian delegates will spend approximately 4 weeks individually travelling around their selected country while staying with host families. The last families to host the Canadian delegates will be those of the international delegates who will travel to Canada later that summer. Canadian delegates will be the first family to host their international partner when they come to Canada. Delegates must be mature and able to handle new situations with ease. Interest in a career in or closely related to agriculture, forestry or fisheries is preferable.

AGRIVENTURE INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL EXCHANGES Who: Anyone aged 18-30 years old, with varying levels of experience in agriculture, horticulture or home management Cost: Varies depending on location and length of stay APPLY to AgriVenture at: Young Canadians gain work experience in agriculture, horticulture or home management, while traveling to the UK, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, or Japan. Trips last between 3-13 months. Participants can chose to work at different businesses and travel through 1 or more countries during their trip, or stay in the same place. Try life in another country! See page 4 for the 4-H AgriVenture Scholarship- you could receive $3,000 towards your program!

U.S NATIONAL 4-H CONFERENCE Canadian 4-H Council Who: 1 delegate aged 16-21 Location: Washington, DC Date: April, 2015 (includes orientation in Ottawa) Fee: $350* APPLY BY: DECEMBER 1, 2014 Details: The delegates from Canada will attend the National 4-H Centre in Chevy Chase, MD, where 300 American 4-H delegates will participate in educational sessions, consulting groups, roundtable discussions and presentations, and skillbuilding workshops. They will also visit points of interest in Washington like the Arlington Cemetery, the Smithsonian Institute, Lincoln Memorial and Capitol Hill. Input from delegates in roundtable groups is presented to US policy makers. *= delegate may also be responsible for additional travel and accommodation fees if national funding is not available.

U.S.A. NATIONAL 4-H DAIRY CONFERENCE Who: Date: Location: Fee:

Members aged 16-18 years old Sept 28- Nov 1, 2014 University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, Wisconsin $275 plus travel

Participants learn about production, processing, marketing and use of dairy products, and develop a broader understanding of careers available in dairy production, biotechnology, genetics, marketing and other areas. The conference consists of workshops, speakers, tours and visiting the World Dairy Expo. Interested in attending? Contact Quebec 4-H before July 1st, 2014 for additional info and to coordinate fundraising.




Date: January 18, 2014 Location: ExpoCité Exhibition Center , Quebec City Fee: $160/team of 4, $40/person Contact: Participants compete against mainly college and university level teams in crops and animal categories. The competition is 16 classes, including 8 oral reasons. Registration includes: lunch, ribbons, prizes, and the banquet meal. LOOK FOR INFO ABOUT 2015 IN NOVEMBER

VANKLEEK HILL SQUARE DANCE COMPETITION AND SHOWCASE Who: All 4-H square dancers Location: Vankleek Hill Community Centre, Vankleek Hill, ON Date: May 10, 2014, at 1:00 pm Cost: $24/junior set, $40/open set Organizers: Vankleek Hill Fiddle, Step Dance and Square Dance Association Info: Kelley Allen (613) 675-4955 More info: Cash, prizes and trophies for winning teams and callers. Categories: Junior: 16 and under, Open: any age. Fiddle and Dance showcase to follow competition. Dance in the evening with the Glenn Silverson Band

Ormstown 4-H Square Dance Competition Location: Recreation Centre, Ormstown Date: April 12, 2014 7:30 pm Cost: Dancers free, Spectators $3 for ages up to 8, $6 for ages 9+ Music by the Neil MacKay Band Info: Janice Barr

RAWF SQUARE DANCING COMPETITION Who: 4-H’ers, adults or college students Location: RAWF, Toronto, ON Dates: 2nd weekend in November 2014 Cost: $30/set registration fee Info: REGISTER BY: SEPTEMBER, 2014 A university/college/4-H competition is held, with a maximum of 6 teams. Teams may compete in the open class also. Prizes: $200, $150, $100 and for best caller. All teams must dance a compulsory call and an optional dance. Dancers must use accepted Old Time Square Dance moves and dances.


Members, students, alumni February 1, 2014 Centennial Centre Macdonald Campus Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Fee: $140/team of 4, $35/substitute Contact: REGISTER & PAY BY : JANUARY 10th, 2013 Participants judge 14 classes in 2 categories. Crops: Jam, Maple Syrup, Whole Grains, Silage Mix, Mushrooms, Apples & mystery class. Livestock: dairy, beef, pigs, birds, horses, sheep & mystery class. Compete in the 4-H, collegial or alumni categories. Registration fees include, lunch, ribbons and prizes and the awards banquet. Parents or chaperones wishing to attend the banquet can purchase tickets for $25.

CANADIAN NATIONAL 4-H AND YOUTH JUDGING COMPETITION, AGRIBITION Who: Youth aged 17-21 Location: Canadian Western Agribition Regina, SK Dates: November 24 -29, 2014 Cost: $200 + GST (Travel costs not included) Info: REGISTER BY: OCTOBER 1, 2014 Judge against youth from across Canada, the US and other countries! 12 classes of animals, emphasis on beef. First place includes a $2,500 scholarship, and invitation to be an official judge in 2014. Join up with the Atlantic 4-H team and make new friends from Eastern Canada. If you are interested in attending contact the Quebec 4-H office for more information!

Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture Value: $150 - $1,000 in prizes Who: Junior (11 to 15) and Senior (16 to 24) APPLY BY: SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 Contestants prepare a 5- to 7 minute speech on one of five agriculture-related topics, and present it at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Saturday November 8, 2014. To assist competitors to get to the competition, CYSA will pay for 2 nights’ accommodation at the official host hotel. Participants who deliver their speech on competition day will be reimbursed for their room booked under the CYSA rate. The overall Public Speaking champion from Provincial Rally of that year will receive a bursary from Quebec 4-H equivalent to the registration fee to CYSA, plus an additional $100 to assist with transportation costs. 6

Scholarships and Awards For Studies in agriculture/Agri-Business FMC and CADAP’s Excellence Award for Ag Students Who:

Students entering or continuing post-secondary studies in agri-food or agriculture programs (college or university). Must provide proof of enrolment, application must be approved by a prof./educational institute. $1,000 (3 available) Apply to: Farm Management Canada

Value: Info: APPLY BY: MAY 9, 2014 Create a 3-5 minute long oral presentation, in the form of a video blog on this topic: What key skills has your educational

institution taught you about farm management that will be most useful in your career? Please explain why these are important?

Keith Gilmore Foundation Scholarships Who:

Must have completed a min. of 1 year of college or university education & must be enrolled in the fall semester for another year of studies in a recognized college or university. See site for program specifications. Value: $2,500 (2 available for post-grads); $2,000 (4 available for undergrads); $1,500 (4 available for diploma students) Info: APPLY BY: MAY 15, 2014 Students can apply more than once but applicants can only win 1 scholarship per category (diploma, bachelor or post-grad).

Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarship Who: High school graduates going into an agriculture or forestry program at college/university Value: $1,500 (several available) Apply online at: APPLY BY: SPRING 2014 TBA You must be from a family farm, graduating from high school, and going into your first year of a degree or diploma program in agriculture or forestry. You must write a 300-500 word essay, provide references, transcripts and apply online.

Warren Grapes Agricultural Education Fund Who: Residents of Quebec enrolled in agriculture or silviculture programs at the college or university level What: Several bursaries available Apply by email: Info: APPLY BY: OCTOBER 24, 2014

Hatley 4-H’er Wyatt Johnston won the CIBC 4-H Secondary Education Scholarship, awarding $5,000 over a two year period to an active 4-H member in high academic standing to pursue a post-secondary education.

Tournez-vous vers l’excellence 2014 Contest 18 to 40 year olds who have been in business for between 2-7 years, hold at least 20% of your operation’s shares, and can be present at the award ceremony Value: 1-$5,000 grant, 2-$2,500 grants Info and to apply: Application opens: MARCH 2014 APPLY BY: JUNE, 2014 TBA To award new farm entrepreneurs who, through their professional skills and management qualities, stand apart with a profile of excellence. The aim of the contest is to showcase the individual contribution of entrepreneurs. To be awarded November, 2014 Who:

Outstanding Young Farmers Memorial Scholarship

CPA Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Contest Who: Any adult (or group) 18 years or over, who is planning to set up a business and is at the initial stages of their project. Up to $10,000 in prizes Eligibility: Projects designed to create a new business to be launched no later than December 31, 2014. APPLY BY: MARCH 17, 2014 Info:

Who: Students entering or continuing a post-secondary degree/diploma in agriculture Value: $1,000 (1 available). Info: APPLY BY: JUNE 30, 2014 Selection is based on references, school transcripts, and each applicant will type a short one page essay based on: “Why are you passionate about agriculture in Canada?”


Scholarships: Beef & Dairy Breeds

Canadian Junior Hereford Association “Future of the Breed� Scholarship Who:

Value: Info:

Canadian Junior Angus Association Scholarships

Active CJHA members, graduating high school or currently enrolled in a full-time program at a postsecondary institution $500 (4 available)


Value: Info:

Application must be postmarked no later than MAY 15 of the year of application



Trevor Vance Memorial Scholarship and Dr. Allan A. Dixon Memorial Scholarship

Apply to: Value: Info:

Paid CJAA members (under 21 years old) for the current calendar year, in at least their second semester of post-secondary studies. $4,500 in scholarships (3 available)

Jersey Canada Scholarship

Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) Scholarship Committee $1,000 (value varies) 2 scholarships available, applicants can use the same application for both


Applicants must be involved with the Jersey breed and enrolled in at least their 2nd year of postsecondary studies $750 (2 available)

Value: Info:


APPLY BY: OCTOBER 1, 2014 CSA members or their sons/daughters are eligible to apply. Applicants must be involved with the Simmental breed, their community, and either be entering or currently pursuing postsecondary education. Must provide references.


SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

Holstein Quebec Scholarship

Holstein Canada Education Awards

Value: $500 each (4 available) Apply to Holstein Quebec online:

Junior/regular members of Holstein Canada or their children, who have completed at least 1 year of CEGEP or university and are returning to school Value: $1,000 each (2 available for Quebec residents) Apply to Holstein Canada online: APPLY BY: NOVEMBER, 2014 Selection is based on farm involvement, work experience, career choice, scholastic record and youth program involvement. Information on the award can be found in the Young Adults: Awards section of the Holstein Canada website.

APPLY BY: DECEMBER, 2014 Applicants must be: -the son/daughter of a Holstein Quebec member, OR be a junior member -AND must be registered in agricultural program at college/ university/ professional school -AND must have completed at least 1 year and be returning to school in the next calendar year


Nola Brown Continuous Achievement Award Who: Value: Info:

Students must be keenly involved in Jerseys and entering or continuing post-secondary education $1,500 (1 available)

APPLY BY: SEPTEMBER 15t, 2014 Must demonstrate community involvement, ambition, leadership, independence and work ethic. Applicants must send in their resume as part of the application.

Canadian Junior Shorthorn Association Ian McRae Memorial Scholarship Who: CJSA members attending a post-secondary institution Value: $500 (2 available) Apply to: Canadian Shorthorn Association Info: APPLY BY: NOVEMBER 1, 2014 Selection is based on extracurricular activities, career goals, CJSA association involvement, an essay and references. 8

Scholarships & Awards TD 4-H Agriculture Scholarship

2014 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program

Who: 4-H’ers graduating high school or CEGEP Value: $2,500 (1 for Quebec) Apply to 4-H Canada:


Students graduating from high school or CEGEP this year or in the past 2 years, who are entering their 1st year of full-time studies at CEGEP or university Value: $5,000 (20 awards available) Info: APPLY BY: FEBRUARY 2014 TBA

APPLY BY: OCTOBER, 2014 TBA Applicants must be intending to enroll in post-secondary studies in an agricultural or agri-business related field. Winners will be selected based on grade average, and a reference letter from a 4-H leader or representative.

Applicants must demonstrate: a commitment to and involvement in community environmental issues, academic achievement, volunteer and extracurricular involvement and capacity for leadership.

Earth Day 2014 Hometown Heroes Award Value: Between $5,000 - $10,000 to be won Who: 3 types of awards available; individual, group (could be used as club funding) or small business Info:

Kin Canada Bursaries Value: $1,000 (approx. 40 available) Who: students who will be studying full-time at a postsecondary institution in 2014-2015 Apply to: your nearest Kin Club, visit the website for clubs in your community Info:

Make nominations by: MARCH 31, 2014 The Hometown Heroes Award Program is your chance to help Canada recognize and celebrate environmental leaders (whether an individual, group or small business) who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action.

APPLY BY: FEBRUARY 1, 2014 Applicants must demonstrate high ideals and citizenship. Based on financial need, Kin Canada knowledge, community and volunteer service, and extracurricular activities.

Individual: $10,000 to donate to local environmental group or cause of their choice Group: $10,000 to go towards continuing their work Small Business: $5,000 to make an operational change that results in the business lessening their environmental impact.

RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship Who: Category 1 (Graduating high school/ CEGEP), Category 2 (First undergraduate degree or diploma) Category 3 (Second degree or diploma). Value: $10,000 (15 available) Info:


APPLY BY: FEBRUARY 19, 2014 Answer two essay questions about leadership. Every applicant has the option to apply for the Me to We Trip. This volunteer experience will give you an incredible opportunity to work alongside Me to We field workers on change initiatives in a Free the Children community overseas. Volunteer in South America, Africa or China.


Mensa Canada Scholarship Programme Students at least 18 years old, enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies in 2013-2014 Value: $750-3,000, number varies Apply to: Mensa Canada Scholarship Programme Info: JANUARY 31, 2014

Based on a 250-word essay about your academic or career goals. Submit your essay to:

The Miller Thomson Foundation National Scholarship Programme Who:

Students attending a Canadian secondary school, planning on entering a Canadian post-secondary institution

in the Fall to pursue a course of study leading to a degree or diploma from an accredited community college or university. Applicants must obtain a Secondary School Diploma Value: $3,000 (100 available) Info: community-commitment/mt-foundation/overview

Deadline for “On-Line Submission”: MARCH 1, 2014. Applicants are selected based on academic achievement and contribution to their school and communities through extracurricular activities. Also requires letters of reference and transcripts.


Scholarships & Awards CIBC 4-H Post-Secondary Education Scholarship

Chrysler Foundation's Ram Canada Scholarship Program

Who: All 4-H’ers in their last year of high school or CEGEP planning to enrol in a full-time program at a Canadian post-secondary institution for fall 2014 Value: $5,000 scholarship (3 available) over 2 years Apply to 4-H Canada:

Value: $1,000 scholarship (100 nation-wide) Who: Students in their final year of high school or CEGEP or planning to attend college or university in September 2014, pursuing post-secondary education in an art, science or business field of study. Info: APPLY BY: JANUARY 15, 2014. Chrysler Foundation is offering 100 scholarships, valued at $1,000 each, to 4-H members from across Canada who will be attending a Canadian college or university in September 2014. Complete the online application and submit a 500word essay outlining "What does being a farmer mean to you?” include a reference letter from your 4-H leader.

APPLY BY: DECEMBER 2014 TBA Applicants must submit:  Transcripts from their most recent academic year (2012-2013)  Three reference letters from members of their school, community or 4-H  A 500-word essay on what 4-H has done for you and what you hope to achieve through higher education Selections are made based on academic achievements and their community involvement and experience.

Pontiac Scholarship Fund Who: Full-time students originally from the Pontiac region, who are obtaining a secondary V diploma or have completed one full semester/year in professional training courses, college or university and are be registered for the next year/semester. APPLY BY: MAY-JUNE TBA Apply online: rams.html

Loran Awards Who:

Students graduating from high school or CEGEP who are directly entering university in the fall Value: From $3,000 up to $75,000 (100+ awards of varying amounts) Apply to: Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation Info and to apply: APPLY BY: SEPTEMBER 2014 TBD Check website for specific dates and criteria Applicants must have an average of at least 85%. Service, character and leadership are the selection criteria.

CPA Foundation’s CEGEP Scholarship Program Who: Students registered in a CEGEP program leading to University studies in administration or accounting. Value: 50 Scholarships of $500

Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation Scholarship



Who: Students completing their final year of high school or college who are entering a college or university agriculture program. Minimum 16 yrs. Value: $2,500 (6 available) Info:

If you received a scholarship you heard about through this guide or Q4-H, we’d love to hear about it. Let Chelsea know at Know of any other opportunities you think we should be promoting? Let us know that too!

APPLY BY: MARCH 1, 2014 Scholarships are awarded to students based on a combination of leadership attributes, academic standing, and an essay response to the question, "Why am I pursuing a career in agriculture?"


2014 EVENTS CALENDAR JANUARY 1 New Year’s Day; *Registration Deadline: Garfield Weston International Exchange 2 3 4 5 *Registration Deadline apply to National office: 4-H Youth Exchanges 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 DEADLINE: News Spreader submissions 16 17 18 Discovery DAY TBD; Universite de Laval Judging Competition 19 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

FEBRUARY 1 *Registration Deadline:Junior Winter Camp; Membership forms Quebec 4-H; Mac Judging Competition @ Macdonald Campus, Ste-Anne’s 2 Quebec 4-H Board of Directors meeting 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Junior Winter Camp 15 *Registration Deadline: Innovative Ag Tour Junior Winter Camp 16 Junior Winter Camp 17 18 19 20 National Leadership Conference- Ottawa, February20-23 21 22 23 Quebec 4-H Square Dance 24 25 26 27 28


MARCH 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Innovative Ag Tour Hatley 8 Innovative Ag Tour Hatley 9 Innovative Ag Tour Hatley 10 11 12 13 14 15 DEADLINE: News Spreader submissions 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

2014 EVENTS CALENDAR APRIL 1 2 3 USA National Conference, Washington April 3-10 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 National Citizenship Seminar, 11-17 12 Ormstown 4-H Square Dance Comp. 13 14 15 16 17 18 Good Friday 19 20 Easter; Ormstown 21 Easter Monday 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

MAY 1 *Registration Deadline: Intermediate Leadership Camp 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Vankleek Hill Square Dance Competition 11 12 13 14 15 DEADLINE: News Spreader 16 17 18 19 Victoria Day 20 21 22 23 Intermediate Leadership Camp 24 Intermediate Leadership Camp 25 Intermediate Leadership Camp 26 27 28 29 30 31


JUNE 1 *Registration Deadline: Rally; pre-registerTD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic to Qc4-H 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 FĂŞte Nationale 25 26 27 28 29 30

2014 EVENTS CALENDAR JULY 1 Canada Day 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 *Registration Deadline: News Spreader Summer Junior Camp 16 17 Provincial Rally Chateauguay Valley 18 Provincial Rally Chateauguay Valley 19 Provincial Rally Chateauguay Valley 20 Provincial Rally Chateauguay Valley 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

AUGUST 1 2 3 4 5 6 *Registration deadline: National 4-H Cenference 7 8 9 10 Summer Junior Camp 11 Summer Junior Camp 12 Summer Junior Camp 13 Summer Junior Camp 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31


SEPTEMBER 1 Labour Day 2 3 Back to school Pizza Party @ Harrison House and Board Meeting 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 * Dealine: News Spreader 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 *Registration Dealine: summer placings forms for Dairy Classic @ RAWF 25 26 27 28 29 30

2014 EVENTS CALENDAR OCTOBER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Thanksgiving Monday 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Halloween

NOVEMBER 1 *Registration Deadline: AGM 2 3 4 5 Show your 4-H Colours Day ; National 4-H Conference, November 5-9; 6 7 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Nov. 7-16 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 * Deadline: News Spreader 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Annual General Meeting – Macdonald Campus, Ste Anne-de-Bellevue 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30


DECEMBER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Christmas 26 27 28 29 30 31 New Year’s Eve

Chaperoning and Hosting Opportunities Chaperoning Opportunities

Chaperoning Local Team/Groups

Quebec 4-H encourages all members over the age of 16 and other volunteers to chaperone provincial events, including:  Winter Junior Camp  Summer Junior Camp  Leadership Camp (18+ yrs.)  Senior Members’ Weekend (25+ yrs.)

Chaperones are often required for events such as: - Provincial Rally - Judging team events (including Agribition) - 4-H Youth Exchanges Canada etc. - The TD Youth Dairy Classic

Volunteers over the age of 21are needed to chaperone 4-H Canada-organized events such as:  National 4-H Citizenship Seminar  National 4-H Conference  USA National 4-H Conference Quebec 4-H pays the registration fee for chaperones attending provincial and national activities listed above. Chaperoning at a provincial or national event provides volunteers with an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and gain broad experience. Before national events, chaperones receive guidelines for chaperoning, as well as an orientation by conference call. All leaders or volunteers must pass the Quebec 4-H screening process before being recommended to attend a national event.

Teams or groups are usually selected locally from clubs as are the chaperones. These opportunities are a great way to help youth develop their skills, while playing an important role. Chaperones for all events/groups must be screened by Quebec 4-H. Many events provide more information about chaperone responsibilities, or charge reduced/no fees for chaperones.

MEMBER CHAPERONING OPPORTUNITIES: Quebec 4-H is looking for chaperones for: Junior Winter Camp (see pg 2) Summer Winter Camp (see pg 2) Intermediate Leadership Camp (see pg 3)

CHAPERONE OPPORTUNITY: National 4-H Citizenship Seminar in April and National Conference in November both require a volunteer chaperone 21 years or older. Contact the Office for details. See page 4 for details about the events.

Quebec 4-H can always use assistance from Senior or Proven members at provincial activities. Chaperones for the Junior Camps must be 16+, while chaperones for Intermediate Leadership Camp must be 18+. If you’re interested in having fun taking on a leadership role at events please contact the office!

W. Garfield Weston Foundation 4-H International Exchange •HOST FAMILIES•

Chaperone for 4-H Youth Exchanges Canada

Who: 4-H Families across Quebec Date: During summer 2014 Forms: Learn about another culture by hosting a foreign exchange delegate for ~1 week at your home. Share your corner of Canada with the college-aged delegate.

See more of Canada with 4-H Youth Exchanges Canada. The program provides up to 2 groups of 10 delegates with the opportunity to see different parts of Canada, and gain lasting experiences and friendships. 1 to 2 chaperones per group. Primary chaperone must be over the age of 25, secondary must be a minimum of 21 years

This summer Quebec 4-H will send 1 exchangee to another country to spend 4 weeks as the guest of several families. Their paired partner will visit Canada in the summer and stay with families across Quebec. For more information contact Quebec 4-H

Info and Application at:


Volunteer COMMITTEES/EVENTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE Are you a leader or volunteer that is interested in helping advise the Provincial Board of Directors? The Advisory Committee is made up of at least of 5 people, 2 of which are executive members, and the remainder being partner representatives or adult advisors. Their role is to advise the Board on questions about the policies and bylaws of Quebec 4-H, as well as matters of debate. Contact Quebec 4-H to express your interest.

NEW EVENT! 4-H Canada Volunteer Leadership Conference

PROGRAMS AND REGULATIONS COMMITTEE (ProReg) Do you love planning events? Want to be involved in the activities Quebec 4-H plans? Are you interested in policies or event planning? Then ProReg is right for you! The 5-15 members of ProReg are selected at AGM, and serve a renewable term of 1 year, and must include at least 2 Provincial Directors. The committee is responsible for selecting delegates for National 4-H programs and host clubs for Quebec 4-H programs. ProReg is also responsible for all Provincial regulations, policies and activity guidelines, etc. If you are interested in volunteering on ProReg, let a Director or the Quebec 4-H office know and try to attend AGM!

Dates: February 20-23, 2014 Where: Ottawa, Ontario Fee: $300, Q4-H will reimburse the registration fee of provincial delegates after the conference. Who: 3-4 delegate spaces are available to volunteer leaders and members of the Board of Directors to join Provincial staff at this event. APPLY BY: JANUARY 6, 2014

FINANCIAL COMMITTEE Interested in $$$$$? Do you like paying attention to details? Interested in pursuing studies in economics or business? Then this is the committee for you!

4-H Canada will hold a National Leadership Conference in Ottawa from Thursday, February 20th – Sunday the 23rd, 2014. Note that sessions actually end on Saturday the 22nd and that the 23rd is reserved for travel.

Each year at the AGM, the Board of Directors selects 3-10 members to sit on the Financial Committee for renewable 1 year terms, along with the President and Vice-President. The committee is responsible for reviewing the budget, program costs, salaries, membership fees, and other related issues.

Submit the “Application Form for National and International Programs and Positions” to Quebec 4-H, form found here:

Interested? Let a Director or the Quebec 4-H office know and attend AGM if possible!

CANADIAN 4-H COUNCIL (C4HC) YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE (YAC) Quebec 4-H currently has 1 member representative that sits on the YAC for a 2 year term. YAC is made up of 4-H representatives (members or alumni) from each provincial organization and provides a youth perspective to the national working groups. The YAC representative participates in conference calls for YAC as well as 2 or more national committees. The representatives also help plan and chaperone a nationally-run conference. The Quebec representative also sits on the Quebec 4-H Board of Directors with a vote. For more information about this position, read the Quebec 4-H Constitution, and Policies and Guidelines, or talk to current YAC representative: Alexandra Tucker. 16

The Royal and other Shows ROYAL AGRICULTURAL WINTER FAIR When: November 7-16th, 2014 Location: Exhibition Place, Toronto There are numerous competitions to enter at the RAWF depending on your interests such as: -Maple Syrup and Products -Poultry -Honey and Beeswax -Various light and heavy horse competitions -4-H Field Crops -Canning -Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture -Square dancing -TD Dairy Goat Youth Show -National Junior Beef Heifer Show (see below) -TD Junior Sheep Show -Horticulture -TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic (see below) -Rabbit Youth -TD Ladies Lead and Wool Now heading into its 91st year, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world’s largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show, and showcases innovations in food and agriculture, thousands of livestock, and dozens of the world’s top equestrian horses and riders. For more information visit the RAWF website: DEADLINES TO ENTER VARY. Check the website for forms, rules and deadlines.

TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic

28th National Junior Beef Heifer Show Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Who: Open to 4-H dairy calf club members aged 1221 years old as of Jan. 1, 2014, with his/her 2014 4-H calf project. Must be pre-registered to Quebec 4-H by June 1, 2014, and selected to represent region. When: Nov 7-16, 2014, during the 4-H Dairy show Where: RAWF, Toronto, ON DEADLINE for PRE-REGISTRATION: JUNE 1 2014 4-H’ers representing each of the 6 Quebec regions can pre-register to attend the Classic, with 8 youth being selected for each region (in addition to an optional herdsperson). 4-H’ers compete in conformation and showmanship classes, Group of Three, Best Exhibit and Premier County. Rules, summer placings forms, and pre-registration forms will be sent out in April or May to all clubs.

Who: Open to 4-H beef calf club members aged 10-21 years old as of January 1, 2014, who have successfully completed his/her 2014 4-H project When: Nov 7-16, 2014, during the Junior Beef show Where: RAWF, Toronto, ON Come compete for the Canadian Grand Champion title at the 26th edition of this prestigious event. Heifers entered must be registered as purebred by the respective Breed Association and must meet the purebred percentages set out by the respective Breed Associations. Conformation classes of yearlings born in 2012 and calves born in 2014 will be offered in each of the following breeds: Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Limousin, Main Anjou, Shorthorn, Simmental, Any Other Purebred Breed, Commercial. Less than 8 entries in a breed will mean that they show in the AOPB class.

Explore the Royal Experience with Jersey Canada Who: Ages 16-24, as of January 1 When: During RAWF, NOV 7-16, 2014 APPLY BY: SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 The opportunity to participate in all aspects of ‘the Royal’, and to provide an inside look at what goes on - a complete Royal Experience. The lucky recipient will get to work for a Jersey Breeder, watch the Jersey show, interact with the public in the Jersey Canada much more!

18th Classique des jeunes ruraux Québecois When: AUGUST 15-17, 2014 Host: Association des jeunes ruraux Québec Where: Montmagny, QC Info:

Expo Boeuf

Members can enter dairy heifers, goats, sheep, swine, horticulture or crops. Registration can be done online by emailing the form found on the AJRQ website to their office. Participants can win the costume calf class, and club competition points in addition to conformation and showmanship classes.

When: Thanksgiving weekend 2014 Where: Expo Victoriaville fair Breeders of Angus, Blonde d’Aquitaine, Charolais, Hereford, Highland, Limousin, Piedmontais, Salers, Shorthorn, and Simmental cattle can show off their animals at this open show. Junior classes are offered.


Funding for your Club MERIAL 4-H BOXBACK PROGRAM


Who: all 4-H clubs Value: $10 for each Ivomec and Eprinex Pour-On box label returned to Merial Info:

Who: Clubs with 6+ dairy calves at Achievement Day When: to be spent on your Achievement Day Value: $250, and $50 in Agropur products APPLY BY: SEPTEMBER 1st, 2014. Agropur wants to promote 4-H and AJRQ dairy clubs by providing a grant for showing dairy heifers at Achievement Day. A short report is required. To apply contact Marie-Claude Tessier 1-800-290-9094 if your club is in the Eastern Townships. Or, if you are in Western Quebec or the Chateauguay Valley, contact Marie-Eve Lepage at 450-928-5454 ext. 4576. Look for the application form in club email updates from the provincial office during the summer or on the Dairy Project webpage.

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28th, 2014. Collect the empty boxes from 2.5L, 5L, and 20L packs of Eprinex or Ivomec Pour-On, and mail the filled-in labels to Merial, to fundraise $10/label for your club. Envelopes must be postmarked by the deadline. You can now also return Eprinex or Ivomec plastic jugs for recycling and receive between $2-$12.50. It’s an easy way to fundraise money for your club! Try asking your vet clinic or neighbours to collect boxes for you.

The following programs are run by the Canadian 4-H Council, for more information on deadlines and requirements please visit

RBC 4-H Rural - Urban Youth Outreach Program The RBC grant is for existing 4-H clubs, regions and provincial agencies to apply for funding to develop new, or expand existing clubs, that can demonstrate innovative means of attracting new members into 4-H from rural, urban or suburban communities. APPLY BY: NOVEMBER 2014 TBA

AGRIUM 4-H YOUTH LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE PROGRAM For: 4-H clubs/regions/provinces in Canada APPLY BY: FALL 2014 Apply for funding for projects that enhance the youth leadership skill sets of youth asset building, career planning, communication skill training and organizational leadership.


Farm Credit Canada Club Support Grant APPLY BY: JANUARY 31, 2014 Amount: (30) $500 grants available Eligibility: Must be a registered 4-H Club for 2013/2014 Can be used for expenses incurred in the running of an existing project (not for the creation of a new opportunity). Must be used for projects that occur in the April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 time period. Fill out an application on behalf of the club and submit a budget.

For: Amount:

Clubs across Canada up to $1,000/club

APPLY BY: FALL 2014 Apply for funding for existing or new 4-H after-school programs that allow youth to have fun while developing leadership skills, citizenship, and life skills in a positive and safe environment.

GROWING FORWARD BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM For: Eligible club level 4-H organizations Amount: $76,000 total available Sponsor: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada APPLY BY: FALL 2014 Projects must meet 1 or more of the following categories to qualify for funding: - Learning & Development Activities - Production and Distribution of Goods - Data Collection - Conferences and Special Events - Promotional Activities


DAIRY opportunities More Opportunities at the RAWF

ROYAL JERSEY AMBASSADOR Who: Applicants must be young men or women, between the ages of 17-24 years old, as of November 1, 2014, involved in and passionate about the Jerseys. Info: APPLY BY: SEPTEMBER 15th, 2014 One applicant will be selected and will assist during the Jersey Show at the RAWF, handing out ribbons, awards, and talking about the breed to visitors and sponsors.

HOLSTEIN QUEBEC YOUNG BREEDER SCHOOL Who: Youth aged 18-25 (as of Jan. 1) When: October, 2014 TBA Location St. Hyacinthe TBA Cost: $230 Info: APPLY BY: SEPTEMBER, 2014 TBA Through workshops, farm visits and individual and team competitions learn about marketing, interpreting genetic evaluations, analyzing dairy herd production, animal housing and comfort among others.


Jack Pemberton Award Value: $2,500 APPLY BY: FALL 2014 TBA Used by: Nov 7-16, 2014. Info: Write a letter about why you would like to go to the Royal, include you resume and a letter of recommendation from your 4-H Leader. Opportunity for a senior member to attend the RAWF in Toronto for 3 day and 2 nights.

Who: Youth aged 13-21 Location: Montmagny, QC TBA Cost: $175 + taxes Date: May , 2014 TBA Apply online to Holstein Quebec: APPLY BY: APRIL 2014 Learn how to set up a barn display, wash, feed and clip a heifer for a show and much more! Apply early to reserve your spot, spaces are limited.

AYRSHIRE CANADA PRINCESS Who: Young women actively involved in the Ayrshire breed, to represent the Society at the RAWF When: RAWF 2014, Ayrshire show day Info: APPLY BY: SEPTEMBER 2014 TBA Applicants must submit a text of about one page stating why they would make a good princess. The Princess assists during the Ayrshire Show at the Royal. She awards ribbons, and is pictured with the winners. She must be able to work alone, and act responsibly.

2014 Holstein National Convention Date: April 2-5, 2014 Location: Delta Sherbrook Hotel, Sherbrook QC Info: Participate in farm tours, Sugar shack visits, AGM of members and Master Breeder Gala, National Holstein Convention Show & Sales and more! APPLY BY: TBA More info to come.

2014 Young Leader Convention Date: April 2-6, 2014 Location: Delta Sherbrook Hotel, Sherbrook QC Info: or Participate in icebreaker events, young leader dinners, farm tours, Master Breeder panels and Gala, National Holstein Convention Show & Sales and more! APPLY BY: JANUARY 13, 2014

Jersey Canada Youth Judging Competition Competition for youth 21 years and younger. APPLY BY: SEPT 1, 2014 Visit in early July for entry forms and class information!

TOUT-QUEBEC JEUNES RURAUX Who: Dairy youth 21 and under (Jan. 1) Apply to: AJRQ Info: APPLY BY: NOVEMBER 2014 Members who meet the show criteria for the competition may submit their conformation and showmanship placings for their dairy heifer, as well as a photo of themselves and a professional photo of their calf, to compete for this award for 2014. Selected Nominations are printed in the Dec. Info-Rural,results announced at the AJRQ AGM in Feb.


Learning & Work opportunities QFA FARM FOOD FORUMS

Valacta Training Workshops

The QFA will host Farm Food Forums in Community Learning Centres in the following communities from 7:30pm - 10pm on the last Thursday of each month.

Workshops available:  Observe your cows, it’s rewarding!  Grass Silage: Aim Quality  Corn Silage in dairy cow nutrition  Corn Silage: Is there a limit? Valacta’s workshops are offered on demand. If you are interested, contact your local technician, advisor or customer service team. Valacta’s team of trainers gather R&D experts, strategic advisors and milk quality specialists.

Campbell’s Bay St. John’s Elementary [819-648-2408] Low St. Mike’s High School [819-442-3584] Lachute Laurentian Regional School [450-562-8571 Ext. 8449] Huntingdon Adult Ed Centre [450-264-9276] Magog Princess Elizabeth School [819-843-4847] Richmond Regional School [819-826-3702] Upcoming dates: January 30 – “Genomics and reproduction management” February 27 – “Cover crops. What cover crops?” March 27 – “Farming small ruminants?” April 24 – “Things you can do with your woodlot that can make some extra $”



Share your knowledge of agriculture with students during Canadian Ag Literacy Week.

Cost: free for all QFA members, $5 for others.

BILLETING AND BEING BILLETED: If you are new to 4-H you may not know that for some of our activities, accommodation is arranged with local 4H host families who billet one or more 4-Hers for the duration of the event. This is usually the case for Provincial Rally, Annual General Meeting and Innovative Ag Tour, although alternative options (like camping, hotels) are sometimes also available. All host families must be screened every 3 years, to comply with Quebec 4-H standards. Consider billeting the next time it is offered– it is a great way to meet new 4-Hers and see a different part of the province, and it’s free!

March 12-14th, 2014 Across Canada, in schools

Contact Chelsea for more information about promoting Ag Literacy Week in your community and in your local schools. Your club could do a square dance demo, the farmer in your family could do a Q&A session, tell a story, bring in a rabbit or hen. Let us know your thoughts!

Global Cow, sharing Agriculture the world over!

Global Cow focuses on "learning-by-doing", offering training or study tours on American farms. We now also offer international experiences in other countries--helping others learn about agriculture abroad. Travel to: Australia, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand or Peru. Info:


Mentees are youth aged 18 and up, who express an interest in a career in agriculture. Mentors are experienced farm managers and owners, anywhere in Canada. Duration: Min. 8 weeks Sponsors: Farm Management Canada, Canada 4-H, Canadian Young Farmers Forum & Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers program Info: Contact Jennifer Hardy-Parr at Remuneration: Mentors receive a $2,000 honorarium; Mentees can receive up to $1,000 for travel costs Apply online: (FMC website) any time of the year The STEP-UP program consists of on-farm mentorship between a young person interested in owning and operating their own agricultural business and experienced farm managers ready to share their knowledge of farm business practices. This is a learning opportunity for both parties. Both mentor and mentee sign an agreement listing goals and expectations before the mentorship begins, & participate in evaluations & reports throughout. Interested youth and farm managers can apply and are paired with the best possible match.


Work & Travel opportunities YOUNG CANADA WORKS (YCW) - CANADIAN HERITAGE Who is eligible:

Young Canadians currently in high school CEGEP or university; AND recent graduates from CEGEP or university who are unemployed or underemployed 2 summer employment programs for students; 2 internship programs for graduates Historic research, heritage site interpretation, doors open events, and jobs related to culture Across Canada and some international

Programs: Fields: Location: Info and to apply:

APPLY BY: 2014 CAMPAIGN HAS BEGUN Young Canada Works (YCW) offers students and recent graduates the chance to put their skills to the test, build career equity, earn money for their education or get started on the right career path. The program also offers employers an opportunity to benefit from innovative ideas and competitive skills. Wage subsidies are available for eligible employers. With a variety of exciting programs tailored to job seekers and employers, Young Canada Works offers the best of both worlds - so put a great idea to work, and take up the YCW challenge!

FEDERAL STUDENT WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM (FSWEP) Who is eligible: Fields: Info and to apply: Location:

Students enrolled full-time in high school, CEGEP, or university, and returning to their studies full-time after summer (or a semester off) Work for Parks Canada, Canadian Border Services Agency, Parliament and many more Across Quebec, Canada, and even some overseas (France)

Apply ASAP for summer 2014! Looking for a summer job? Every year the Government of Canada hires thousands of students to work in different departments. Work at a national park or historic site, in laboratories, in the field, as a Border Services Officer, in offices and many other positions! Get real work experience with the government, on a good wage.

Canada World Youth- Youth Leaders in Action 6 Week Projects- “Food Security & Rural Entrepreneurship” Option When: Feb 15- March 29, 2014 Summer departure dates July-Aug TBA Who: Canada World Youth is seeking 18 diverse volunteers aged 17 to 25 Fee: $2,600 Travel & participation fee Info: APPLY BY: JANUARY 10, 2014 This is a project which has a focus on learning about food security and rural entrepreneurship. This project will be working in collaboration with our partner the Institute of Human Promotion and will be based in the community of Somoto, Nicaragua.

INTERNATIONAL RURAL EXCHANGE (IRE) PROGRAM Who: Duration: Apply to: Locations: Info:

Single youth between the ages of 19-29 who want to gain agricultural-based work experience variable, minimum 2 months – maximum 12 months International Rural Exchanges Denmark, United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Australia, South Africa, United States, New Zealand and more.

Interested in gaining work experience in an area of agriculture, agri-home, home management, equine, wine/oenology or horticulture in another country? IRE works with partner organizations in various countries to provide Canadians with placements that provide agricultural training and expose youth to a different culture. Participants stay at the home of their hosts. Applicants should have at least 1 year of experience in their chosen field. Program costs include airfare, medical insurance, work permit, orientation, supervision and administration. Applicants should apply 3 months before they hope to travel. Contact IRE for a program information booklet.


Contests & other 4-H opportunities Show your 4-H Colors Day

FCC & 4-H Canada “Shout out for AG” 2014

Each year on the first Wednesday of November 4-H members across Canada wear green to show off their 4-H pride. On November 5th join in on the action! Send us pictures of your club or group wearing green and we may feature them in the next News Spreader or online!


APPLY BY: FEBRUARY 15, 2014 Value: $550 - $1,000 Submit video at: The competition is back with five categories and $60,000 in prize money, in which 4-H clubs across Canada may apply. Create a 30 – 40 second video to win cash for your club! Each province will vote for their favorite video. Rules specify; only one video per club, per category is permitted.

International Year of Family Farming Photo Contest

Categories include:  Leadership in agriculture is important because . . .  We joined 4-H because . . .  We want to pursue a career in agriculture because...  What is the future of science and technology in agriculture?  What can every Canadian do to sustain feeding the planet?

Who: Open to anyone Value: Approx. $150 - $500, 12 available APPLY BY: MAY 1, 2014 Sent photos to: Info: tion/

Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network’s Photo Contest

The IYFF-2014 photo competition is calling for photos that represent the motto: Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth. Entries must visualize the strength, potential and challenges of sustainable, multifunctional family farmers worldwide, in all their diversity and contexts.

Value: 3 prizes totaling $450 to be won Who: This contest is open to students enrolled in Englishlanguage high schools Info: APPLY BY: APRIL 30, 2014

Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network’s Essay Contest

Photos must be of an object, person, place or event judged by the student to be of significance to the heritage of the student’s family, school, or community. Subjects must be relevant in some way to life in the province of Quebec. A 150 to 300 word essay, written in the student’s own words, describing the subject and why it constitutes “heritage” must also be included.

Value: 3 prizes totaling in $375 to be won Who: For students enrolled in English-language elementary schools. APPLY BY: APRIL 30, 2014 Info: Write a brief essay on one of the following topics:  Someone from history who was important to your community. Tell about your subject’s life and most memorable achievements.  A significant historical event that took place in your community. Tell what happened, when it happened, and how it affected the people your area.  A special custom or other tradition that takes place in your community each year. What are its origins? Why is it an important part of your hometown heritage?

Larry Milton Campbell Memorial Scholarship Value: 2 scholarships values at $2,500 each Who: anyone planning to attend a Canadian university in food science, meat science or animal science Info: APPLY BY: FALL 2014 TBA 500 word essay outlining how having roots in the farming community has made you who you are today, include 3 reference letters and transcripts for the academic year. 22

ARE YOU........?

Graduating high school or currently studying at college or university? Check out pages 4, 7-10 for scholarships!

A volunteer or member over 16? Check out the chaperoning opportunities for provincial events (like Junior Camps) on page 15; 18 year olds can chaperone Leadership Camp, and those over the age of 21 can chaperone national 4-H events!

An Intermediate member? Check out pages 2-3 for information about Rally, Innovative Ag Tour, AGM and Leadership Camp, page 4 for 4-H Youth Exchanges Canada, page 6 for competitions, and page 17 for shows like the Royal!

A Senior or Proven member? See page 2-3 about provincial activities like IAT, Rally, Discovery Days, and AGM, page 4-5 for National conferences and international trips and scholarships, page 6 for competitions, page 16 about provincial committees and YAC, page 17 about shows, page 20-21 for international exchanges and other work opportunities!

A Leader or Volunteer? See pages 15-16 for volunteer and chaperone opportunities, page 4 for the CIBC/4-H National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award, and page 18 for grants and fundraisers open to clubs A Junior member? Check out pages 2 and 3 for info on Junior Winter and Summer Camps, as well as Rally and Innovative Ag Tour!

Are you a good judge, or want to improve? Check out the judging competitions listed on pages 6 and 19.

Do you show DAIRY? Breed association scholarships are listed on page 8, the US 4-H dairy conference is on page 5, and dairy shows are on page 17. Also find out what activities and exchanges the breed associations are doing for youth on page 19 and 21.

Interested in travel? See pages 4, 5, 6, 20 and 21 for interprovincial and international travel and work abroad experiences.

LOVE TO DANCE? Check out pages 2 and 6 for info about the Quebec 4-H, Vankleek Hill and Royal square dance competitions.

Do you show BEEF? See page 8 for breed association scholarships, and page 17 for Expo-Boeuf and the Junior Beef Heifer Show at the Royal.

Are you a 4-H family? See page 15 if you are interested in being a host family.

A pull-out calendar of Quebec 4-H 2014 events and application deadlines can be found on pages 11-14.

Quebec 4-H Macdonald Campus, Harrison House 3-04 21,111 Lakeshore Rd, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9 Phone: (514) 398-8738

Questions? Contact us!

Fax: (514) 398-8652 Email: 23

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