For the first time in its history 4-H Canada has been granted a viceregal patronage, granted by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada. A viceregal patronage is a practice of recognizing “exceptional contributions to Canadian society, showcasing excellence and bringing special attention to worthy causes.”
In order to obtain viceregal patronage, an organization must:
- Have objectives aligned with the role and responsibilities of the Governor General;
- Be national in scope;
- Be governed and managed responsibly and sustainably; and,
- Have a solid record of achievement with programs implemented on an annual basis.
“This is the first time in the history of 4-H that we have been granted a viceregal patronage,” says David Hovell, chair of the 4-H Canada board of directors in a news release. “We are honoured that Her Excellency Julie Payette has generously agreed to serve as 4-H Canada’s Patron.”
“For more than 100 years, 4-H Canada has been one of the most highly respected youth organizations in the country,” says Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada in a news release. “Her Excellency’s Patronage highlights the important connection Canadians have with our organization, its rich history, and our mission of empowering youth to be responsible, caring and contributing leaders.”