Co-operators Volunteer Leader of the Year Award recognizes the efforts of 4-H volunteers across Canada The Canadian 4-H Council announced the nine volunteer 4-H leaders from across Canada that were selected for the 2008 Co-operators Volunteer Leader of the Year Award. Each winner received a $100 gift, as well as Co-operators and 4-H products. In addition, one volunteer will be recognized as the grand prize winner, and receive a trip to the 4-H Annual Meeting in Prince Edward Island in May.

?This award from the Co-operators and the Canadian 4-H Council is a great way to recognize the tireless efforts of our more than 8,500 volunteers,? said Bob McAuley, president of the Canadian 4-H Council. ?Without them, we would not have the vibrant 4-H program in Canada that we have today.? Collectively, the volunteer leaders that were selected have more than 120 years of involvement with 4-H. ?The amount of time devoted to 4-H is a refl ection on the quality of these volunteers,? McAuley continued. ?Clearly 4-H plays an extremely important role in their lives, and we thank them for their continued time and efforts.?

The Volunteer Leader of the Year Award is selected from nominations sent in by 4-H members across Canada. The 2008 winners were: Norma Howes, BC; Sylvia Mathon, AB; Janice Buchynski, Western Trailmates Light Horse, Paddockwood, SK; Laurie Slater, MB; Susan Martin, ON; Gail Bowen, PQ; Alain Blanchette, NB; Johanne Ings, PEI; Peter Leblanc, NS (Peter was selected as the $1,000 grand prize winner for his more than 25 years of volunteering with 4-H).

Congratulations to Janice Buchynski!

Special thank you to all 4-H leaders across the province who continuously go above and beyond to ensure the 4-H experience is a positive one for our youth.

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