Awards & Trip Opportunities

Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)  |  Excellence in Ag Program


Member Awards

    4-H Award of Excellence


The 4-H Alberta Awards of Excellence is a series of four 4-H Alberta awards designed to recognize the achievements of 4-H members. The awards are based on the accumulated total of the member’s yearly 4-H Diary points.

Encourage your 4-H club members to complete their diaries each year. The diaries are not only serve as a great personal record of the members’ 4-H experience; they also are required for participation in the Selections program, and for 4-H Scholarship Applications. To download the 4-H Diaries click here.

Once a member has reached one of the following point levels, the leader can order an Award of Excellence to be presented to the 4-H member. To order, complete the 4-H Alberta Award of Excellence Order Form (see reverse) and send it to your Regional 4-H Specialist.


Eligibility Requirements   

4-H Diary Points Needed
Approximate Years to Obtain
  • Clubs may apply once per year for awards.
  • Members can receive one award each year. If a member is eligible for a silver or gold award and has not received a bronze award, you can order a lower award so the member can collect the whole set. However, if this is the member’s last year in 4-H, you will want to order the highest award the member is eligible for. If you have questions, please contact your Regional 4-H Office.

The order form for the 4-H Award of Excellence is available as a fillable PDF - download to your computer and you can fill out and then save/print the form.

Contact your Regional 4‑H Office



Ambassadors are chosen each year at the Provincial 4‑H Selections program to represent youth and 4‑H. They spend a two-year term exemplifying the leadership, communication and personal development skills for which Alberta's 4‑H program is recognized.

To be eligible to become an ambassador, a senior member must:

  • Place in the top half of all the delegates attending Selections based on their diary points, a quiz and group session scores
  • Demonstrate cooperative behavior and effective communication skills
  • Display a positive attitude and a high degree of maturity throughout the weekend
  • Participate in Ambassador training session

Ambassadors create a marketing plan that includes:

  • Club presentations to promote 4‑H provincial programs Sponsor appreciation
  • Arranging displays for major events
  • Presentations at Provincial 4‑H Leaders' Conference
  • Cleaver mascot appearances (hospital visits, parades, sporting events, rallies)
  • Writing articles for the 4‑H magazine
  • Media interviews to promote 4‑H
  • Participation in presentation ceremonies at provincial events

As well, Ambassadors attend training sessions to learn skills relevant to their future career paths, and discuss the direction of the Ambassador program.

Ambassador Contacts

Contact: Yvonne Yaremcio


Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)


YAC Report - Feb 2018



The Youth Advisory Committee’s (YAC) purpose is to be the youth voice for 4-H Canada. The representative chosen for this role will have strong leadership skills, willingness to share opinions and perspectives, will be a team player, respectful, and trustworthy.  Above all they are passionate about 4-H and committed to creating a positive and inclusive environment for all youth involved.


Term for YAC Representatives

- On youth advisor will be selected from each province
- Two year terms
- Meetings take place monthly by teleconference
- Travel coordinated through 4-H Canada

We are excited to announce that Cassidy Barnert, has been chosen to be 4-H Alberta's Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) representative. Her term begins in 2017.

Cassidy is a 12-year member of the Millarville Mutts and Mustangs. Her projects include horsemanship and canine to name a few. As a strong leader and mentor, Cassidy rose to the challenge and became a leader when it appeared her club's canine project would cease to exist without new leadership.

She also travelled to Ghana as a delegate of the 4-H Going Global Service Learning Program.

Have more questions? Ask your 4-H Specialist!

Yvonne Yaremcio
PHONE:  403-742-7547


Cassidy Barnert has been chosen to be 4-H Alberta's Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) representative. Her trerm begins in 2017.


Premier's Award

The Premier's Award has been presented to outstanding 4-H members since 1964. 

Each year, one outstanding 4-H member is chosen at the Provincial 4-H Selections program to represent 4- H as the
Premier's Award Recipient. The winner represents 4-H Alberta members at the following year's Provincial 4-H Leaders'
Conference and Selections Award Breakfast. As well, they will attend one event per region at the request of the Regional 4-H Specialists. The highlights include meeting with the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry and Premier of Alberta.

Premier's Award being presented to Christine Suominen by Rod Carlyon, Executive Director, Rural Development Branch, Agriculture and Forestry

Contact: Aleshia Hill

Premier Award Recipients from 1964


Travel Awards

4‑H members who attend Selections, Equine Extravaganza or the Provincial Judging Competition are eligible for various award trips. Each year, over 80 senior 4‑H members receive travel opportunities through 4-H. 

Contact: Diane McCann-Hiltz


Golden Clover Award

Deadline APRIL 1

To download the application click here - coming soon

4-H Alberta marks its Centennial in 2017.  It's been 100 years and, to celebrate, the Golden Clover Award will be honoring the decades of 4-H achievement through innovative ideas and activities or events.  Nominations may include innovations that are still going strong or past achievements that must not be forgotten.

The Golden Clover Award serves to recognize individuals or groups who have exhibited outstanding leadership while initiating a special contribution such as an innovative idea, program, activity or event that has made a significant difference to 4-H Alberta.  In 2017, we are seeking both current and historical nominations for the Golden Clover Award. 


Who can be nominated?

  • An individual or group, past or present, who has outstanding leadership skills while initiating their special contribution to 4-H at any level and in any decade, at the club, district, regional, or provincial level.
  • Past or Present - Members, Leaders, Sponsor Representatives, Clubs, District Councils, Regional Councils, 4-H Alumni, 4-H Staff, 4-H Supporters

Examples of special contributions: (not limited to)

  • Creating and piloting a new project or program
  • Starting or re-organizing an event at the club, district, regional, or provincial level
  • Creating a new program, activity, or partnership at any level
  • Making a special contribution to 4-H
  • Outstanding leadership, mentorship, volunteerism
  • Facilitating a unique experience for members

Golden Clover Award Recipients:

Northwest 4-H Region -Horse Play Committee- Developed and organized a successful, regional, equine event with large attendance

Leta Braunwarth - Use of technology to bring members together
Provost 4-H Pavilion – Community building 
Lorraine Parkinson - Club opportunity at the Calgary Stampede 
Alberta Recycling Management Authority – Recycling initiatives 
Henry Weigman - Program innovation 
Dixie Crowson, Linda Gooch and Muffy Knox – 4-H Alberta Horsemanship video 
Edith Zawadiuk - 4-H supporter and Ukraine 4-H initiative 
Calgary 4-H Alumni - Calaway Caper 
Milo Barfuss - Award of Excellence 
UFA Cooperative LTD - Sponsorship 


How to Apply:

To download the application click here - coming soon

  • Fill the form out, save, submit with letters of support
  • Application Deadline:  April 1, 2017
  • The Golden Clover Award will be announced at 4-H Fever 2017
  • Past nominees can be nominated again. Applications must be re-submitted on current form.
  • Recipients will be notified early June to make arrangements for presentation 


4-H Council of Alberta
c/o Golden Clover Award 2017
RR1 Site 7 Box 1
Westerose AB T0C 2V0
Phone: 780-682-2648 Toll Free: 1-877-682-2244


Excellence in Ag Program

Deadline Oct 15

Federated Co-operatives Limited is pleased to offer the Excellence in Ag Program to students who are enrolled in or will be entering an agriculture or business degree or diploma program. The Excellence in Ag Program is very unique as it offers scholarships, paid summer internships, and full time career opportunities upon graduation.

 The future of agriculture and agribusiness is extremely bright and students will have the opportunity to develop and grow within an innovative and diverse industry. The Excellence in Ag Program from Federated Co-operatives Limited and the Co-operative Retailing System provides the student with support from the time they start their studies to the launching of their future career. The program helps finance their education with an annual scholarship of $5000; they will gain valuable field experience while working at a retail co-op and build their professional career within the agriculture industry.

Please submit application and all necessary documents to

FCL Home Office by mail:
Crop Supplies - Excellence in Ag Program Federated Co-operatives Limited
P.O. Box 1050
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3M9
 Or by email:

See details at:



The Duke of Edinburgh's Award


Duke of Edinburgh's web site/blog

The Duke of Ed Award believes that not all learning happens in the classroom and our aim is to help equip young Canadians aged 14-24 for success in life. By recognizing all of the amazing things young people can do and learn outside the boundaries of formal education, the Award empowers them to discover hidden talents, develop untapped leadership potential, make a difference in their community and explore the wonders of the great outdoors. 

The personal journey to earn the Award requires young people to look beyond their comfort zone and tap in to their sense of discovery. Participants set and achieve personal goals in activities they want to experience and develop, making each Award a unique journey. Simply put, they design a blueprint to transform their lives and we support them each step of the way. 

Each year in Canada, the Award program continues to expand and reach new communities. There are currently over 50,000 young Canadians enrolled in the program. 

Contact: The Duke of Edinburgh's Award