The provincial office of B.C. 4-H moved into its new quarters in Vernon with the good wishes of the provincial executive, staff, volunteers and members.
“Having the office here will broaden the horizons and awareness of 4-H,” said Susy Chung-Smith, B.C. 4-H provincial president.
B.C. 4-H has more than 2,200 members, ages six to 21, across the province with 600 leaders and a choice of 32 projects to work on, as well as programs like leadership, public speaking and youth development.
“4-H is something that is very near and dear to my heart. It’s not just for rural youth now. There are still the livestock projects but members can now choose smaller animals, like dogs or rabbits, or other interests, like photography, food or mechanics, or something else of their choice,” said Adrienne Smith, office manager and provincial program administrator. She is a former 4-H member whose project was horses.
While members are working on their projects, they also learn a variety of skills and have the chance to travel.
“This location is excellent. We have about 600 members in the Kamloops/Okanagan Region,” said Lorna Kotz, regional representative to the provincial council. The office is located on the second floor at 2743 30th Street in Vernon.
Amanda Morgan, a VSS 2010 grad, now studying at the University of Victoria, is the B.C. 4-H Provincial Ambassador.
“It’s a really great program and it helped me in so many ways with things like leadership skills and public speaking and I have met a lot of great people around the province. I think I will always be involved in some way,” she said.
Former 4-H members like to help when they can.
Brian Baehr had Holstein calves when he was a member and went on to get a degree in agricultural engineering. He is now a trustee for the B.C. 4-H Foundation.
“I like the focus on citizenship, youth development and service to the community,” he said. “I’ve benefited from 4-H all my life and if there’s anything I can do to help, I’ll definitely try.”
4-H Canada celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2013. For more information call 1-866-776-0373 or see www.bc4h.bc.ca.