Oct. 30, 2007
FREDERICTON (CNB) - November has been officially recognized as National 4-H month in New Brunswick by Agriculture and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Ouellette.
Ouellette signed a declaration to that effect today, which he presented to the New Brunswick 4-H Council. The minister said he is pleased that New Brunswick has a strong 4-H program.
"The 4-H program has nurtured the development of New Brunswick youth since 1916," Ouellette said. "I am very pleased to dedicate this month to such a worthwhile program that helps transform our youth into community and business leaders."
The 4-H program in New Brunswick includes 31 clubs, 147 volunteer leaders and 537 members working on various projects related to agriculture, arts and crafts. Aside from projects, members also attend a number of conferences, workshops and team-building exercises throughout the year.
The 4-H motto of 'Learn To Do By Doing' is the key to developing self-confidence, responsibility and leadership skills among its members, who pledge Head, Heart, Hands and Health toward the well-being of their communities.
"I commend everyone involved with 4-H for their commitment and dedication to youth and agriculture in New Brunswick," Ouellette said. "I encourage everyone involved with agriculture and youth development in New Brunswick to help celebrate National 4-H Month by wearing green on Nov. 1."
The Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture provides funding of $64,000 annually to support 4-H programming in New Brunswick.
MEDIA CONTACT: Alain Bryar, communications, Agriculture and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218.