PEI 4-H Council

The Prince Edward Island 4-H Council administers the 4-H Program on PEI.

The Council, through its Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Provincial Standing Committees, determines projects, policies and programs at the provincial level. The Board of Directors have the unique responsibility of providing direction and vision on behalf of its many participants. 

The PEI 4-H Council Board of Directors is responsible for the management and direction of the Administrative Director, who is responsible for the management and direction of the rest of the 4-H PEI staff. The 4-H PEI staff manage the daily operational affairs of the organization.

To operate the program, the Council solicits support annually (cash and in-kind) from public and private sector donors. In addition, 4-H District Councils and Clubs seek financial support in their own community.

The PEI 4-H Council is comprised of two registered leader representatives from each club, known as voting delegates. The entire Council meets annually at the PEI 4-H Council annual general meeting, held in February. From this large pool of delegates, a Board of Directors and Executive Committee is elected to carry out the work of the Council between annual general meetings.

Please feel free to contact the 4-H PEI Board of Directors

directly by email at:

pei4hpresident@gmail.com

2020 PEI 4-H Council Board of Directors

 

President:

Brenda Larsen


Vice-President: 

Fred Vanderkloet

Treasurer: 

Alicia Bruce

Western Region Directors:

 Moira Shaw

Brenda Larsen


Central Region Directors:

 Fred Vanderkloet

Theo Kouwenberg
 
Eastern Region Directors: 

Alicia Bruce

Wade Loane

 

Directors at Large

Shelley Jollimore

Ryan Barret

4-H Canada Youth Advisory Committee Rep:

Sophie MacDonald

Senior Member Representative:

Hannah Larsen

Staff Representative:

Rayanne Frizzell

The 4-H PEI Story

4-H began on Prince Edward Island in 1918 and was know as the Boys’ and Girls’ Club.  Separate clubs were in established for every project and among the first clubs to be formed were swine and poultry. In 1933 the program expanded outside of livestock with the introduction of the first sewing clubs.

 

By 1952, the name “Boys’ and Girls’ Club” was officially changed to “4-H Club” and the program adopted the traditional 4-H cloverleaf logo. Clubs were formed for many new projects including gardening, forestry, grain and potato. The first Rural Youth Fair was held in 1952 at the Provincial Exhibition grounds in Charlottetown. By the late 1950's 4-H was going strong with 130 active clubs and 2200 members.

The 1960's and 70's marked a major change for 4-H, as various types of clubs were combined into a single
clubs inresidential areas.  While this caused a decrease in the total number of clubs, it offered members a chance to try new and varied projects.  In 1968 4-H celebrated its 50th anniversary on Prince Edward Island with a provincial rally. The Prince Edward Island 4-H Council was formed in 1972, with Dot Henry of Summerside becoming the first president.  The Council helped formalize the involvement of volunteer leaders in the work of 4-H throughout the province.

 

In 1988, the Prince Edward Island 4-H Trust was established to develop funding for the support of new initiatives. The Trust was designed to help 4-H initiatives be developed through use of the interest gained on investments, without touching the principle money.

 

2018 marked the 100th anniversary of 4-H on PEI.