Who We Are

4-H is a nation-wide, family-oriented, community-based, youth organization dedicated to the development of young Canadians, encouraging them to become responsible members of society. We help our youth “Learn To Do By Doing” in a safe, inclusive and fun environment, providing opportunities for leadership and life skills development, while promoting agriculture awareness.

4-H Members from Halifax/East Hants
A boy holding a rabbit

Our Mission

4-H is a youth development organization which promotes leadership, encourages the care and responsibility of our resources, and builds positive life skills to secure a sustainable future for Nova Scotia.

Our Mandate

To advance the 4-H program, in partnership with the Nova Scotia department of Agriculture, to strengthen communities by providing life and technical skills to those involved including members, leaders and parents.

  • Develop leadership and life skills in Nova Scotia youth
  • Encourage the education of the public about the 4-H program
  • Promote 4-H

The motto, “Learn To Do By Doing,” is an important process which applies to both members and leaders. Participating in the 4-H program will influence the development of 4-H members, leaders, families and communities in a positive way.

Our Progams

What will you do as a 4-H member? Record keeping, public speaking and demonstrations, judging, achievement day, exhibition, provincial show, club/county activities, tug of war, woodsmen and Camp Rankin to list a few! Find more info about each by visiting our projects, opportunities and events and programs pages.

Our History

4-H has been part of Nova Scotia communities since 1922, when the first 4-H club was organized in Heatherton, Antigonish County. The historical roots of the Canadian 4-H program are solidly grounded in rural Canada. The program originated for the purposes of improving agriculture, increasing and bettering production and enriching rural life. Its beginnings were inspired by energetic and idealistic agricultural officials, dedicated school teachers and others committed to ensuring young rural Canadians learned the important skills required to succeed on and off the farm.

Girl public speaking

4-H Nova Scotia Partners and Sponsors

Many thanks to all our sponsors, partners and supporters for their continued work with 4-H Nova Scotia.

National Program Sponsors

Board of Directors

The 4-H Nova Scotia Board of Directors consists of volunteers and staff (ex-officio) representing all regions in Nova Scotia. The board appoints committees of 4-H volunteers, members and staff to assist, coordinate and implement programs as required throughout the year.

4-H in Nova Scotia is supported by very active volunteers who work to support the mission of 4-H in the province. The objectives and mission of 4-H Nova Scotia are realized through the implementation of a great number of programs and activities for both the youth membership and adult volunteers.

NameTitle
Scott MastersPresident
Mila McLean1st Vice-President
Vanessa Lentz2nd Vice-President
Sue WorksPast President
Joy ShearsSecretary
Kevin MacEachernTreasurer
Kayley ColeCentral Director
Lois MacNeilCape Breton Director
Ruby MacKenzieEastern Director
Jennifer SpencerSouth Shore Director
Carol TobinValley Region Director
Shyloe EmmettWestern Region Director
Dianne CoxAtlantic Committee Director
Ella Porter4-H Nova Scotia Ambassador
Tyler MacEachern4-H Nova Scotia Ambassador
Ella LentzYAC (Youth Advisory Committee)
Cathy CaswellExecutive Director
Ruth GrantNSDA Representative