Teen track

Teen Track at WRLF will broaden the eyes of every senior 4-H member attending. 4-H members will have the opportunity to participate in educational workshops, learn about state, provincial, and international 4-H structures and opportunities, listen to engaging speakers, and have a chance to sit-down and discuss your new-found knowledge with the Minister of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. In addition, teens will have the opportunity to attend the WRLF banquet, participate in evening activities, a dance and network with like-minded people.

A schedule, with additional information, can be found here: WRLF 2017 – Teen Track Information

For details regarding the sessions/workshops in each round, please open the pdf document: WRLF 2017 – Teen Workshop Descriptions

*Each state will need to provide a chaperone/advisor to participate. Chaperone/advisor must be at least 21 years old by March 1, 2017. Chaperones should register through the Cvent site.

Register Here!

For more information, please contact Katelyn Strang (katelyn.strang@gov.ab.ca)

Tentative Schedule

Friday, March 17
Time Activity
9:15 am-10:15 am Panel Discussion
10:30 am-12 noon Two concurrent sessions
2 pm-3:30 pm Two concurrent sessions
3:45 pm-5:15 pm Guest speaker
Evening activity West Edmonton Mall
Saturday, March 18
Time Activity
8:30 am-10 am Guest speaker
10 am–12 noon Group work
2:30 pm-5:00pm Round table presentations

Guest Speakers

Doug Griffiths

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After acquiring an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Education, Doug spent several years teaching, and ranching with his family. Despite having two degrees he always said the best education and practical experience he ever received was growing up on the farm. It taught him practical lessons about life, built in him a strong work ethic, and developed in him a deep understanding of what it takes to be successful and how the wrong attitude can ensure failure.

Concerned about the future of rural communities, he ran and won his first election to become the sixth youngest person to ever serve in the Legislature. Elected for four consecutive terms, Doug continuously advocated for policies that would strengthen rural communities. Through his four terms he also served in two senior Cabinet portfolios as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Service Alberta, as well as three junior positions in Agriculture, Finance, and Solicitor General.

Doug retired from politics in January 2015, after 13 years of service, to resume his long-time passion for helping communities find ways to be prosperous and enduring. Doug accepts invitations from around North America to speak while he and his team provide guidance and services to all types of communities looking to succeed. He also completed the 2nd edition of his national best-seller, 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, with 40% more stories of challenges and solutions for communities. His experience, his style, and his skill have led many community leaders to call Doug a community therapist.

Tom Yonge

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Tom Yonge is a speaker and Curriculum Coordinator of Student Activities and Leadership at Strathcona High School.  His Leadership Program enrolment has skyrocketed in recent years to 500 students.  At the heart of Tom’s leadership model is service work and in the last nine years the program has raised over $1.5 million dollars for local and global charitable organizations.  Through these initiatives, the students have learned important life lessons and the emotional reward of giving back.  For his positive impact on the students and community, Tom was named one of Edmonton’s “Top 40 Under 40” by Avenue magazine in 2012.

Casey Morey

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Having been raised on a dairy farm, Casey Morey was a 4-H member for 12 years. She was actively involved within the province having served as a Key Member, Ambassador and Alberta’s Youth Advisory Committee Member with 4-H Canada for 3 years. Casey has a degree in Agricultural/Food Business Management from the University of Alberta and is actively involved with the Agriculture Industry. She currently is a managing partner of Unique Valleystream Genetics, a 250-cow dairy. Casey has travelled to a number of countries across the world including India, Cuba, and Ghana doing community service work. She is excited to share
with you her story about 4-H Around the World and explain how you can get more involved with the global 4-H movement.

Jacob Onyschuk

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While at the University of Alberta, Jacob completed a BSc in Agriculture with a major in Animal Science. He was an active member of the Agriculture Club as well as helped launch the inaugural Collegiate 4-H Club. He served two years as President of the U of A Multi Species Judging Club and enjoyed traveling and participating in competitions.

Prior to convocation, Jacob was approached by Northlands to join their agriculture team. Jacob continues to play an integral role in shaping Northlands presence in the agriculture community. He has helped grow signature agriculture events, expanding their reach and increasing the event value to those who exhibit and attend.

Jacob is passionate about all things agriculture. He lives in the country, happily raising cattle while also expanding his poultry business. He believes in supporting local production as much as possible and is looking forward for what the future has to bring.

Cassidy Barnert

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Cassidy Barnert from Okotoks, AB has been a member of the Millarville Mutts and Mustangs for 12 years. Her projects included beef, horse and canine. Her biggest highlight was being one of 10 members across Canada to be selected for the Going Global Service Learning Trip to Ghana in July 2016. Now that her membership years have expired, she has returned as the Canine Project Leader and loves sharing her passion for 4-H with the kids. This involvement has led to her being selected as Alberta’s new 4-H Youth Advisory Committee Member.