The municipality of Chatham-Kent recognized the importance of the 4-H program today with a flag raising marking the Show Your 4-H Colours campaign.
The campaign, first started in 2007, highlights the role of the 4-H movement that promotes positive youth development programming.
Janet Campbell of 4-H in Chatham-Kent, said the group’s 200 members and 65 volunteers locally have faced challenges this year due to COVID-19 but have persevered.
“We’ve done a number of things differently this year just like everyone else but all in all we’ve helped our members and kept things moving along,” she said. The group will be holding a drive-by appreciation ceremony later this month to honour the achievements of those who completed projects during the year.
The organization has 24,000 members and 7,600 volunteers across Canada and nearly seven million members in 70 countries around the world.
Stephanie Campbell-Richardson of 4-H Ontario said members wearing the 4-H green colour each November reminds the public spreads awareness of the group’s mission to empower youth to be responsible, caring and contributing leaders that effect positive change in the world around them.
Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff said the lessons learned in 4-H last a lifetime. “When I meet someone who was in 4-H as a youngster, they still remember the things they learned and the friendships they made. 4-H really connects us as a community.