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National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award

To celebrate the commitment made by all volunteer 4-H Leaders in Canada, eight volunteer leaders from across Canada received the 2009 Co-operators National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award, including Alison Weaver from the Durness Multiple 4-H Club here in Saskatchewan.

Alison will receive a $100 gift, as well as Co-operators and 4-H products. She was nominated by her club, the Durness Multi-Club. Weaver has served as a 4-H leader for close to 10 years. ?She is enthusiastic, organized and inspiring. When people say those three words, they mean Alison Weaver,? her club wrote about her. ?Alison has made our community a better place because she teaches us how to work as a team and learn this through 4-H.? In addition to 4-H, Weaver has been involved the local exhibition association, the United Church, and her three children?s activities. She has also played an active role in 4-H as a general leader, and a project leader for several projects.

?Alison Weaver represents a dedication to the 4-H program that we are pleased to recognize with this award,? said Judy Shaw, president of the Canadian 4-H Council. ?Because of leaders like Alison, the 4-H program remains a strong and vibrant program for many generations of Canadian youth.?

Alison grew up in the Craven district of Saskatchewan and was a member of the Longlaketon Multiple Club. The projects she enrolled in were beef and lighthorse.  Alison held most positions of the club and was very involved in district, regional and provincial events.  Alison enjoyed public speaking and attending 4-H camp at Camp Rayner.  At the time she was in the club the general leaders were Sam Small and Frank Binnie, they were always encouraging the members to try everything that 4-H had to offer.  Alison worked summers for the Provincial 4-H office during her university years. She especially enjoyed her time at Camp Rayner.  After university she moved to Lloydminster to farm with her husband Garnet and enjoyed volunteering with local clubs. Once their children were old enough to join 4-H, they started the Durness Multi club. Alison was excited to offer a club that had something to offer members who did not have access to livestock.  The club started with 17 members and has grown to 77. The club has 12 projects on the go at present and Alison enjoys helping members to find new projects. Alison tried hard to encourage the members that ?4-H is more than you can Imagine?.

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