Dawn Krinke Inducted as 4-H Canada Lifetime Honourary Member

4-H Canada is thrilled to induct Dawn Krinke of Brandon, MB as a lifetime Honourary Member for her incredible contributions to the 4-H movement in Canada.

Sponsored by FCC, 4-H Canada’s Honourary Membership recognizes individuals who have offered outstanding service to 4-H in Canada. A well-deserving recipient, Krinke will be presented with the prestigious title at the 2022 4-H Canada Leadership Awards, taking place virtually on Feb. 23, 2022 with host Peter Mansbridge. Purchase your tickets today to join us for the celebration.

“Dawn Krinke has been a true leader within the 4-H community, and in her well-deserved retirement, is leaving a legacy of contributions at all levels from grassroots to national,” said Carlie Whetter, Chair of the 4-H Canada Board of Directors. “We are proud to have Dawn join the ranks of prestigious Honourary Members who have been instrumental to the strength and success of the 4-H movement in Canada.”

Krinke’s involvement with 4-H Manitoba began in 2006, when she came onboard as a part-time Administrator. By 2014 she had taken on the role of Office Manager, and in 2018 was appointed Executive Director – leading the organization until her retirement in 2021. During her 15-year tenure, Krinke made invaluable contributions to 4-H Manitoba. She was instrumental in their transition from a government-run administration to a non-profit organization, helping to navigate several funding agreements, transitioning governance, updating the bylaws, and ensuring incorporation of the organization.

To name just a few other highlights in a long and storied career with 4-H Manitoba, Krinke used her exceptional relationship building skills to help ensure the successful celebration of the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Canada in Winnipeg, MB in 2013, and facilitated a Japanese-Canadian exchange program in 2018 that provided delegates and chaperones with an incredible opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture.

Most recently, Krinke dedicated her time and expertise to the 4-H national accreditation initiative to develop and implement cohesive national standards and policies in risk management and youth safety training. Under Krinke’s leadership, 4-H Manitoba pilot tested the auditing tools, and successfully achieved accreditation in January 2021.

Coming by her passion for agriculture honestly, Krinke grew up on a beef and sheep farm in the United Kingdom that has been owned by her family since 1774 and continues to be run by her brother today. After immigrating to Manitoba from the United Kingdom in 2001, Krinke was committed to giving back to her new community, supporting youth, and keeping ties with the agriculture industry. As part of the Kirkcaldy Heights School Parent Council, she helped to raise $100,000 for a new play structure in 2013. She also spent over three years volunteering for the suicide prevention and crisis line with the Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services.

Krinke is taking a well-deserved spot among a long and prestigious list of 4-H Canada Honourary Members that dates back to 1950. Proudly supported by FCC, the induction will take place at 4-H Canada’s signature event, the Leadership Awards, which showcase the achievements of leadership at every level of 4-H in Canada, while helping to raise important funds for the Canadian 4-H Foundation.