By Teri Ormberg
The 4‑H Award of Excellence is a series of four awards (bronze, silver, gold and platinum) that recognizes 4-H member’s project work, leadership and community service achievements.
The awards are distributed on the basis of a member’s accumulated points from his or her yearly 4-H diary.
To receive a bronze award 90 points are needed which takes approximately three years to obtain. A silver award requires 150 points and takes four to five years to obtain. The recipient of a gold award must have 220 points and takes six to seven years to acquire.
A platinum award is given out if the recipient has 320 points and takes approximately eight or more years to achieve.
The 4-H Alberta Awards of Excellence major sponsors are ATB Agriculture, Canada Safeway, Government of Alberta – Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, PennWest Exploration and 4-H Partners (4-H Branch, Alberta 4-H Council and 4-H Foundation of Alberta). Since the program’s inception in 1988, over 22,000 medallions have been presented.
A member must fill out a diary for each year he or she has been in 4‑H to be eligible to receive an award. The club leader checks over the forms and confirms the points.
Erica Trenson of the Rimbey Club received her Platinum award (highest honour) for the year ending 2012-2013. Erica has been a 4-H member for seven years. Others receiving their awards from the Rimbey Club are Gold: Megan Valstar and Cassidy Valstar who achieved a gold award. The silver award went to Nicole Waldron, Caitlin Buist, Kyle Valstar and Melissa Waldron. The bronze was awarded to Todd Trenson, Jordyn Valstar and Gary Waldron.
From the Bluffton West 4-H Beef Club Awards of Excellence were given to: Gold – Sylvia Von Gunten and Ben Trenson who achieved gold and Hanna Falt, Mackenzie Skeels, Sylvia Trautman, Erin Burrage, Josie Burrage and Leah Trenson who achieved silver.