Provincial Government Supports Cultivating Future Agri-food Leaders in Rural OntarioPublished on October 11, 2019
Ontario’s government is helping provide hands-on experiences for our future agri-food leaders through its continued support of 4-H Ontario. Building the leadership and life skills of youth will help create jobs and grow the agricultural sector, which will benefit all Ontarians.
Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge, congratulated Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman on a recent announcement to support 4-H Ontario to ensure our future agri-food leaders receive essentials skills and experiential learning.
“It’s wonderful to see how our Government is contributing in this way” said Tibollo. “ It is only by working with future generations we can build from strength and develop a prosperous future.”
"Many of today’s agriculture and rural leaders learned skills through 4-H just as youth do in communities across Ontario," said Hardeman. "Our young leaders - like those participating in 4-H programs across the province - are the foundation of the future success of the agri-food sector. Delivering these important agri-food programs will help our next generation of farmers and leaders learn essential skills and inspire them to explore agri-food careers."
“4-H is dedicated to providing youth with invaluable experiences through hands-on learning that empowers personal and professional growth,” says Evelyn Chambers, Interim Executive Director at 4-H Ontario. “With the commitment from the Ontario Government, 4-H is pleased to be able to continue to build leaders within their communities and as assets to the world.”
For more than 100 years, 4-H Ontario has given youth life-lasting leadership skills and hand-on learning on topics such as technology and science, livestock and agriculture, financial management, food preparation and nutrition and career development in all industries.
• 4-H Ontario has a positive impact on youth, families, volunteers and communities. 4-H alumni throughout Ontario are now community leaders, government officials, business owners, and positive adult mentors for youth.
• In 2018, there were over 6,000 youth, ages 6–21, in the 4-H program in Ontario.
• 84 per cent of participants in all 4-H programs in Ontario in 2018 reported that they have gained skills that will help them achieve their future career goals.