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4-H Manitoba looks back on a storied past and an exciting future

The 4-H Manitoba Council is kicking off a busy year at Manitoba Ag Days in celebration of the centennial anniversary of 4-H in Canada.

The year-long series of provincial events and activities begins with an increased presence at Ag Days, with 4-H Manitoba hosting the national celebrations in May 2013.

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives is collaborating with 4-H Manitoba on a display dedicated entirely to the storied history of the program in Manitoba, the birthplace of 4-H, which has become one of the largest and most highly respected youth development models in the country.

Visit the 4-H Manitoba display in the UCT Room during Ag Days for a retrospect of the program over the past 100 years. The display also looks at some new and exciting clubs being led by innovative young leaders, and the “Embrace the Future” initiative, which is a blueprint for the program for the next 10 years and beyond. The display will also feature items and articles from a century’s worth of projects and programs; highlight what some of the newest clubs and projects are engaged in; and what the future holds for 4-H in Manitoba. The events during 2013 are not only intended to be a celebration of 100 years of exceptional opportunities for 4-H members and leaders, but will also showcase how recent changes to improve and expand the program will carry it forward into the next 100 years.

A special edition 4-H Centennial windrower, decalled out by MacDon, is travelling the country to promote the 100th anniversary and will be on view at the company’s Ag Days display in the Canada Room. This one-of-a-kind unit was unveiled during the launch of the 4-H/Food Banks initiative at the legislature in May 2012. It has been featured at major farm shows across Canada ever since to raise awareness of the 4-H program and generate excitement for the 100th anniversary celebrations.

The 4-H program is widely recognized for helping members develop their communications skills. To highlight this aspect of the program, two 2012 provincial champion public speakers will present their winning speeches on Tuesday, Jan. 15 in the MNP amphitheatre. Join Fiona Jochum and Amy Unger at 2:15 p.m. to hear their presentations.

On Thursday, Jan. 17 the Ag Days event will wrap up with an exciting, hour-long 4-H presentation beginning at 1 p.m. in the FCC amphitheatre. Join 4-H Manitoba as it looks back over the past 100 years with stories and photos, and as it unveils the new look of the 4-H program, both nationally and provincially. The presentation will showcase the newest 4-H initiatives; some of which are being piloted in Manitoba and will lead the way for new and improved opportunities for the next generation of 4-H members and leaders. It will also include the Manitoba launch of the centennial “$100 for 100 Years” national legacy fundraising campaign.

4-H Manitoba invites all alumni, as well as current members and leaders, to join them at Ag Days, Jan. 15-17, 2013 as they remember their past, look forward to the future, and help honour one of the most valued programs in the country.

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