Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

StFX to host 4-H leadership conference June 27-29

May 15th, 2017
Several of StFX 4-H Society members, l-r, Iain MacLellan, Brooke Hamilton, Brittani Hamilton, Emily Pipes, Jane Stevenson and Jordan MacDonald

Upwards of 125 Atlantic Canada 4-H youth will be on the StFX campus June 27-29 to further develop their leadership skills, in particular around agricultural sustainability and food security.

4-H Nova Scotia, StFX, and the StFX 4-H Society have partnered to create an annual leadership conference focused on 4-H Canada’s leadership pillars, says Jordan MacDonald, 4-H Society member and marketing communications and events coordinator with StFX Extension Innovation and Enterprise Centre.

This year’s conference will focus on agriculture sustainability and food security with 4-H members, ages 14-18, from Atlantic Canada participating in activities planned and delivered by members of the StFX 4-H Student Society, a group of enthusiastic 4-H alumni who study at StFX, he says.

Event planning involves partnerships with 4-H Nova Scotia and StFX faculty, staff, and students in the Faculties of Arts, Science, and Business Administration, and the McKenna Centre for Leadership. As well, one event will be coordinated with community partner, the Marthas New Growers Program.

Delegates will participate in hands-on activities related to sustainable agriculture and food security. Each event will be led by a member of the StFX 4-H Society.

“For instance, the ‘Cooking for the Future’ event brings delegates to a human nutrition lab to consider how food practices can contribute to sustainability and food security while preparing a meal,” Mr. MacDonald says.

He says a fun-filled scavenger hunt called the Amazing Green Race will feature StFX’s sustainability initiatives while also introducing delegates to academic programs that contribute to emerging knowledge on agricultural sustainability and food security.

And the ‘Learn to Lead by Leading’ workshop will enable delegates to explore their own leadership potential so they can better serve their clubs, their communities, and their country, he says.

The conference will also include a StFX and 4-H welcome dinner followed by a square set dance, a hunger banquet, a workshop on self-actualization and sustainability leadership, and a growing local activity with the Marthas New Growers Program. 

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