Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

The purpose of the 4-H BC Hall of Fame is to acknowledge leaders with 35 years (or more) of experience.

Criteria for inductees: They must have completed their Leader Training. 

Alice McKay

1998 Canadian 4-H Council Honourary Membership, 2003 Golden Jubilee Medal Award, 2005 B.C. 4-H Provincial Council Honorary Member Award

Alice McKay began her involvement in 4-H in 1955 when she became a leader of the Langley 4-H Ayrshire Club, and later the Woodlands Rabbit Club in the Langley District.  She was active in all levels of 4-H activities including the Provincial Advisory Council, the Fraser Valley Regional 4-H Council, the Langley District 4-H Council, the PNE 4-H Committee, as well as Key Leader for the Langley District. 

Alice also found time to be actively involved in the Lower Mainland Ayrshire Breeders Association, Langley Agricultural Association, the Lower Fraser Valley Exhibition Association and Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association. 

Alice was awarded the Surrey Citizen of the Year Award in 1988.  She has received numerous awards during her volunteer years; in 1992, she received the Canadian 125th Commemorate Medal, in 1995 Honourary Life Membership in the Canadian Ayrshire Breeders Association (first woman to receive this honour), in 1996 Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association named a building after her, in 1998 she was named Honorary member of the Canadian 4-H Council, in 2003 she was awarded a Golden Jubilee Medal, and in 2005 she was appointed Honorary Member of the B.C. 4-H Council for her 50 years of service. In 2006, she was named the winner of the “Woman of Excellence” award in the Volunteer Community/Humanitarian Service in Langley.

Alice never desired recognition of awards for herself, she just went about her daily life helping others and and promoting agriculture. Alice passed away in 2008 at the age of 93.

50
Years

Enid Horn

Shifting Saddles 4-H Club

50
Years

Dorothy Mercer

2003 Golden Jubilee Medal Award

Dorothy has devoted much of her life to volunteerism and the promotion of agriculture through 4-H, Fairs and the Dairy Industry.  Dorothy was very active involved with the BC 4-H program for over 50 years, as a member, leader, District Council President and Secretary, Regional Council Secretary, Provincial Council Representative and 4-H Key Leader.  Dorothy was also the Pacific National Exhibition 4-H Superintendent for 23 years and involved for 15 years with the Future Farmers Program, and was leader for the Mission 4-H Jersey Club. Her passing in 2009 was a huge loss to 4-H.     

Dorothy was also very involved in her local Agricultural Association and Fair, plus she was an active member of her church for almost 60 years.

49
Years

David Freed

2003 Golden Jubilee Medal Award

David was a 4-H member of the Dubuc 4-H grain and beef clubs in the late 40s and up until the mid 50s as he grew up on a Saskatchewan grain farm. 

After receiving a degree in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, David came to B.C. in 1967 as a Provincial 4-H Specialist and was later the 4-H Supervisor and then Director of Rural Organizations Branch with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture in Victoria until 1990.  He retired from the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture in 1996.

David walked from Nanaimo to Victoria to raise awareness and money for the newly formed B.C. 4-H Foundation. David was also the Canadian 4-H Council President in 1979.

42
Years

Graeme Johnstone

2003 Golden Jubilee Medal Award

Graeme graduated in Agriculture from Cambridge, U.K..  He worked in the dairy industry until the 1970’s when he became the District Agriculturalist in Smithers, BC. Graeme saw 4-H judging rallies and speaking finals from Smithers to Quesnel to Burns Lake as well as Prince George and the Robson Valley.

Graeme was involved with his local Fair board since 1973, serving as President from 1989 – 2001.  He has also served on the provincial fair board.  In the 80s he assisted in starting 4-H in Kitimat and on the Queen Charlottes too. Graeme was very actively involved in the BC Cattlemen’s Association for many years and became a life time associate member.

Graeme was actively involved with the 4-H Program for 40 years.  He has held many positions at the district and regional council levels and was a respected Key Leader since the inception of the BC 4-H Key Leader program in the early 90’s, until his death in 2011.

40
Years

Echo Lidster

2003 Golden Jubilee Medal Award

Echo was provincial 4--H supervisor and BC Dept. of Agriculture member to the Canadian 4-H Council in the early 1950’s.  She was instrumental in the adoption of the ‘4-H’ name and Canadian 4-H emblem in 1951 as Canadian 4-H Council President.  Echo was also an honorary member of the Canadian 4-H Council.

As a young person Echo was a member of the Junior Farmer’s Club in Langley.  She graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of BC in 1942.  Following several years with the BC Dept. of Agriculture working with Junior Farmer (and 4-H Clubs), she attended Cornell University in New York to obtain her Masters in Science followed by a doctorate degree in adult education.  Following a short time in the southern states in the early sixties, she worked for many years in adult education in the Northwest Territories and Yukon.

Upon retirement to Penticton in 1983, Echo became very involved in the community, hosting a community cable TV program for seniors. Echo Lidster formerly of Penticton died in 2002.

40
Years

Sue Boulton

2005 B.C. 4-H Provincial Council Honorary Membership Award

Sue Boulton first connection with 4-H was as a member of Mrs. Windeyer’s grade calf club in Duncan in the early fifties.  She became involved as a horse project leader in 1981 in the Cedar District on Gabriola Island. After 5 years she became the club leader for 26 years and then a district Key Leader. Her three children were members and she has welcomed a granddaughter into the club.  Her involvement in promoting the 4-H program is evident in her participation in all activities, such as fairs, regional events, and chaperone for National programs, making her an excellent goodwill ambassador who showcases our excellent program.

40
Years

Whitney Moutray

2012 Golden Jubilee Medal Award

There are many volunteers in the 4-H program that give their time to help youth, and their agriculture expertise to the community continually. They become our unsung heroes. This next 4-H Leader is that kind of individual. Whitney Moutray moved to Vanderhoof in 1961, shortly after he immigrated to Canada from England. He started helping out the 4-H Dairy Club in the area and eventually became a 4-H Leader in 1966. He continued with the club as it expanded to become the Nechako Valley Dairy and Beef 4-H Club. In 2009 he handed over the club leadership and continued in his role as Key Leader helping all leaders in the Vanderhoof District until his passing in 2014.

During his time as a 4-H Leader he was involved in starting the Vanderhoof Fall Fair, now called the Nechako Valley Exhibition, and he represented 4-H on the Board of Directors of the exhibition. It is at this exhibition that 4-H clubs in the area hold their achievement day. In 1967, Canada’s centennial, Whitney was elected Fair Board President, a position he held for 5 years.

Whitney’s work in the community is remarkable. He has been involved in many Boards and Associations over the years, to name a few: B.C. Federation of Agriculture, B.C. Dairy Foundation, and the B.C. 4-H Provincial Council. In 1991, he was awarded the Vanderhoof Rotary Club Citizen of the Year for his volunteer work. For 19 years he was on the local “Community for Kids” committee fundraising for B.C. Children’s Hospital. In 2003 his 4-H Club nominated him and he was honoured as “Co-operators National Volunteer 4-H Leader of the Year in Canada”. Whitney managed a dairy farm in Vanderhoof, and had no children in the 4-H program, but his knowledge, love of children and community has made a difference in the lives of many. Whitney Moutray is truly one of 4-H’s unsung heroes.

48
Years

Suzanne Skaaning

2012 Golden Jubilee Medal Award

Suzanne became interested as a leader in 4-H when her oldest daughter Kim wanted to join.  She has had three children, Kim, a son Erik and a daughter Kiersten, go through the program as well. Her club, Langley Jersey 4-H Club, was one of the oldest 4-H clubs in British Columbia. After club leadership, Suzanne became a resource leader and led 4-H leader workshops in the Langley and Abbotsford Districts. The main reason Suzanne wanted to be involved and has stayed involved is because of the program itself. “I consider it the VERY BEST youth development program that there is! I feel very strongly in the personal development part of the program, both for leaders and members!”

Suzanne has been a leader in B.C. for thirty six years and held many positions. She has also spent many years as the President of the Langley District Council, the B.C. 4-H Alumni Association, the Fraser Valley Regional Council, as well as eight years as the President of the B.C. 4-H Provincial Council. Suzanne served 6 years as the representative for B.C. to the Canadian 4-H Council, and while there, chaired many committees and sat on the Board of Directors. During this time, Suzanne and her husband Peter were patron donors to the Canadian 4-H movement as well.

 The 4-H program has benefited Suzanne first hand. “I have had so many opportunities for my own growth and development by taking the path that I have as a leader. I have gained in self-confidence and had many travel opportunities. Every person that I have met along the way has impacted my life in one way or another, and this is still happening today, as I co-coordinate the B.C. Ambassador program. I feel that as a leader in this province I have the greatest opportunity of all to be working with the Ambassadors from all over the province. They are very responsible, enthusiastic, self-motivated and creative young people…. What more could I ask for?”

36
Years

Janet Boley

Parksville/Qualicum 4-H Club

39
Years

Lynda DeValera

Langley 4-H District Council

35
Years

Sandy Ebert

Beaverly 4-H Club

35
Years

Gerald Harmon

Green Valley 4-H Club

40
Years

Sheilia Lawrence

North Valley 4-H Club

35
Years

Marlene Magnowski

Port Alberni Clover Patch 4-H Club

42
Years

Christine Moutray

Glen Valley 4-H Club (Horse)

40
Years

Laurie Muller

Glen Valley 4-H Club (Self-Determined)

36
Years

Don Rose

Clinton 4-H Club

40
Years

Debbie Schwaerzle

Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Club (Horse)

39
Years

Leadership Excellence Award

Are you looking to celebrate a leader or volunteer who contributes to your club and community by selflessly offering their time and effort? Do you know someone in the 4-H BC community who inspires you and others that should be recognized?

Do you have an amazing leader that you would like to show your appreciation to? 

Tell us about them!

Download the Submission Form for criteria and application.

For more questions contact the offce at mail@bc4h.bc.ca


Barichello Leadership Award

About Barichello Award

We are very happy to announce that 4-H BC is now accepting nominations for the Ralph and Mae Barichello Leadership Award. This award will be given to an individual who has gone above and beyond what is expected of them in terms of community, agricultural involvement and participation in 4-H. The award will be presented at the 4-H BC Leaders’ and Key Leaders’ Conference in October in Kamloops, BC, where the recipient will receive a trophy as well as complimentary attendance to the conference and hotel stay. The Ralph and Mae Barichello Leadership Award honours the legacy of two generous people and reflects how great of an impact they had in their community.

Throughout their lives, the Barichellos were heavily involved in the 4-H community and were committed to many projects that improved the lives of others while also providing leadership whenever needed. Ralph and Mae held an impressive number of roles within their community which includes leading the Langley 4-H Jersey Club for over 25 years, maintaining a position as Chairman for the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) 4-H committee and dairy committee, president of the BC Agriculture Council, serving on the Township of Langley, serving as a Returning Officer in Langley, and were heavily involved in their local church in a variety of different roles, among many others. Ralph and Mae’s contributions have led to a legacy of improving their community while also creating positive relationships within the agriculture sector. Values such as these are what we would like to celebrate by recognizing individuals who give back to their community through serving, supporting and a commitment to the betterment of others. To nominate someone special in your community, please go to the 4-H British Columbia Website. Application cut-off is September 24th, 2021.

How to Apply

Is there someone in your BC community who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to 4-H and the larger community? Nominations are now being accepted for the Ralph and Mae Barichello Leadership Award. The Barichellos were leaders in the agricultural community for over 50 years. They were lifelong supporters of 4-H and believed deeply in the value of volunteering their time and talents in the broader community. This award seeks to honour their memory by recognizing those who have gone above and beyond in their service to the community as volunteers and leaders.

The award winner will be announced on October 16 at the 4-H BC Leadership Symposium. The recipient will receive a trophy as well as a complimentary attendance to the 2021 4-H BC Leadership Symposium held in Vernon, BC.

Download the Submission Form for criteria and application.