4-H played an important part in developing my interests in the agricultural industry and influencing my career choices. It provided the foundation for many of the skills I rely upon as a Professional Agrologist in terms of my understanding of agricultural issues, growing my leadership skills, becoming a confident public speaker, and developing relationships within the Agricultural community.
After my 4-H years, I went on to pursue a degree in Natural Resource Management and ran my own consulting businessdealing with invasive plant management for six years. During that time I worked with the Southern Interior Weed Management Committee and the Invasive Plant Council of B.C. to assist in delivering educational and operational programs surrounding invasive plant management throughout the province. In August 2006, I accepted a job to work as a Range Agrologist for the Ministry of Forests and Range. I worked with ranchers in the Kamloops Forest District for 6 years before accepting the role as Compliance and Enforcement Agrologist for the Thompson Okanagan Region. As a Natural Resource Officer, I provide expertise to the region and, from time to time, to offices throughout the province on Agriculture related issues.
Working in the community where I grew up and participated in the 4-H program has allowed me to build on my 4-H relationships and experiences to effectively grow into my new role working for the Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations. I value the experiences and lessons learned from “learning to do by doing” and I am grateful for the leaders, fellow members, and the 4-H program for all it taught me.