Lower North Thompson 4-H Members Providing Service to their Community

Lower North Thompson 4-H club members take it seriously when they “pledge their hands to larger service and their health to better living for their … community.”

In March of 2022, they learned of a neighbor whose elderly parents were both in hospital and who was struggling to look after them and their shared small farm. Three days later, LNT members arrived with a tractor, wheelbarrows, forks, and shovels, to clean up manure and groom horses.

Club past-president, Jacey H, explained, “When the opportunity is there, we love to give back to our community because they help us.”

Not only were the members able to help a community member in need, but they also had fun working together and with animals on a sunny spring day. Junior member Kennady H added, “As a 4-H club, helping people is what we do. It was nice to get out in our neighborhood and know we were doing something good.”

Senior member, Natalie B, said that she likes helping others. “I enjoyed working as a team.”

Her brother Nicholas, a junior, said he had fun, “working hard and running the wheel barrow.”

LNT 4-H club has also signed up for the City of Kamloops Adopt-a-Road programme, and members are responsible to tidy two kilometres of Westsyde Road, where they are based, three times each year. They did their first clean up in May of 2022, finishing up with ten bags of garbage for the landfill and a more attractive roadside in Westsyde. They finished another clear up in the rain on Family Day, February 2023.

Junior Blaire H said she liked helping her city, and she added, “Part of 4-H is using my hands for larger service for my community.”

Club members are now getting ready for show season, but they will do Adopt-A-Road two more times before winter.