New Brunswick 4-H Council Ltd
Woodstock – April 27, 2015 - The 2015 New Brunswick 4-H Provincial Communication Competition was held on April 25, 2015 at the Florenceville Baptist Church in Florenceville-Bristol, N.B. with a large turn out of 4-Hers, their families, volunteer leaders and guests present for the day long event.
The Western District 4-H Council hosted the competition this year and the day got under way with registrations beginning at 9:00 a.m. and an opening session immediately following. Opening remarks were provided by Mike Allen, MP for Tobique-Mactaquac, Andrew Harvey, MLA for Carleton Victoria, Kelly Power, President of the New Brunswick 4-H Council and Andrea Callahan, President of the Western District 4-H Council. Lunch was provided for those present by 4-H members, volunteer leaders and parents of Western District 4-H and the day wound up with presentations of awards to the winners. Each winner received prizes and an annual plaque presented by Farm Credit Canada representative David Brennan. Other competitors received medallions from FCC the sponsor of this annual event for 4-H in New Brunswick.
Judges for the event were in the Public Speaking Category: Mike Allen MP, David Brennan and Susan Hayden. In the Demonstrations Category: Rhonda Alward, Sandra Black and Catherine Brennan.
In the Public Speaking Category the winners were: in the Cloverbud Division, Abigail Hunter of the Countryside 4-H Club who spoke on “Snow Leopards”. Other members competing were Kalley Thorne, Jack Raymond and Oliver Gilbert.
In the Junior Division, Caitlin Riordon of the Triple K 4-H Club placed first with her speech on “How to Live and Look Younger””. Other members competing were Lane Findlater, Mackenzie Thorne, Monika Titford and Stephanie Gagnon.
In the Intermediate Division, Grace Coleman of the Boots Buckles and Bows 4-H Club won with her speech “This Is My 4-H”. Other members competing were Sinead Riordon, Layla Cantafio and Harriet Laver.
In the Senior Division, Makayla Hunter of the Kings County Beef 4-H Club won with her speech “Fair Fever”. Other members competing were Brianna Forbes, Brooke Boonstoppel, Brandon Callahan and Barry Riordon. The Senior Members have to complete an impromptu question. The question this year was “How can you get involved in your community as an active and engaged leader who affects positive change around you?” Competitors had many great ideas on how to accomplish this task.
In the Demonstrations Category the winners were: in the Cloverbud Single Demonstration Division, the winner was Tate Baxter of the Kings County Beef 4-H Club with his demonstration on “How To Bath A Chicken. Brooke Patterson and Emma Cunningham also had single demonstrations.
In the Junior Single Demonstration Division the winner was Lauren Boonstoppel of the Keswick Ridge 4-H Club with her demonstration on “Cat Show”. Abby Keenan also had a demonstration in this category.
In the Intermediate Single Demonstration Division the winner was Abbi Langille of the Keswick Ridge 4-H Club with her demonstration on “Work Your Body”. The other members competing were Cole Mullin, Hannah MacLeod and Carissa Geddes.
In the Senior Single Demonstration Division the winner was Jamie Foster of the North Tay 4-H Club with her demonstration on “Biscuits”.
In the Cloverbud Double Demonstration Division the winners were Marie Folkins and Morgan Ness of the Boots Buckles and Bows 4-H Club with their demo on “Hair Accessories”.
In the Junior Double Demonstration Division the winners were Hannah Coleman and Emma Mullin of the Boots Buckles and Bows 4-H Club with their demonstration on “Jars Aren’t Just For Jam”. The other competitors were Emma Gaddas and Anna Keenan, Shelby Blackmore and Lacey Geddes and Rhys and Bailey Nickerson.
In the Intermediate Double Demonstration Division the winners were Caylin Andrews and Mackenzie Shepard from the Keswick Ridge 4-H Club with their demonstration on “A Yummy Mexican Surprise”. Bronwyn Edwards and Charles Green also demonstrated in this division.
In the Senior Double Demonstration Division the winners were Caroline LeBlanc and Sophia Linke of the Nashwaak Valley 4-H Club with their demonstration on “Vaulting”. Other competitors were John Graham and Jacob McAffee and Katie Clain and Sarah Lewis.
Communication is an important part of the 4-H Program in New Brunswick. 4-H members complete and present a prepared speech or demonstration at their 4-H Club level usually during the months of January and February. In March the first place winners at the Club level compete in the District level to win a spot in the Provincial Communications Competition. The top Senior 4-H Public Speaker will go on to represent our 4-H Program and compete in the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture Competition to be held in connection with the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto in November.
The success of any 4-H activity is due largely to the generous support of its sponsors and the organizing committee of the 4-H Provincial Communications Competition would like to thank Farm Credit Canada for being the sponsor of our public speaking program again this year.
For information on this competition or the 4-H Program in New Brunswick contact the Executive Director, Linda Porter at 324-6244.