By Morinville News Staff
Olds – Legal resident and University of Alberta student Jacob Onyschuk is the recipient of 4-H Alberta’s most prestigious award. The 20-year-old was selected from the province’s top 4-H members to receive the Premier’s Award during the 55th annual 4-H Selections Program at Olds College.
“Being named the Premier’s Award recipient is an incredible honour,” Onyschuk said in a press release Wednesday. “I am extremely excited to be working with my fellow ambassadors to support and promote 4-H in our communities. I’m passionate about increasing awareness of the 4-H program and what it has to offer.”
Onyschuk is a member of the Bon Accord 4-H and Vimy Dunrobin 4-H Multi Club and has been extremely active since joining 4-H. In addition to having market steer, heifer, cow/calf and goat projects, he has contributed at the district and regional levels of 4-H by organizing workshops and chairing the Northwest Regional Beef Committee. The Legal resident advanced to Provincial Communications in 2012 with his public speaking skills. In addition, he is involved in the UofA’s Multi Species Judging Club and the Collegiate 4-H Club.
“Agriculture has always been and will always be a vital part of our province,” said Premier Alison Redford in the same release. “I am pleased that through 4-H we are able to recognize these exceptional young people who are our future leaders, for their commitment to their communities, our agriculture industry, rural Alberta and our province.”
4-H is Alberta’s longest running rural youth program with more than 6,000 members and approximately 2,000 volunteer leaders participating in close to 400 clubs across the province. For more information, visit www.4h.ab.ca.