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My experience as 4-H Ambassador

I am Rheana Gilbert, and I represent 4-H in the Peace River Region as a 4-H BC Ambassador. I have just finished my first year as an Ambassador and wanted to share what I have learned with the community. 

Just like that, another great year in 4-H is coming to an end! 

I am Rheana Gilbert, and I represent 4-H in the Peace River Region as a 4-H BC Ambassador. I have just finished my first year as an Ambassador and wanted to share what I have learned with the community. 

There are a few main responsibilities that come with being an Ambassador, such as promoting 4-H to the public. In July, the Ambassador team partook in a training weekend where we learned about the most effective ways to promote the 4-H program to different audiences of all ages. We discussed how to keep younger ages engaged in long presentations that may not interest them. Having your audience actively participating in a presentation is one of the hardest and most important things we do as ambassadors as we are commonly presenting new information we have brought back drom other places or organizations. 

Many of the events that we promote may be for other ages or out of project for many members. 

I believe that I have improved my ability to keep observers focused on me during my presentations. Bringing back new knowledge to our community and members is one of the most important and enjoyable aspects of this program. Knowing that I am teaching young ages and improving their experience in the program has always inspired me to work harder and do as much as I can.

Another huge part of being a 4-H BC Ambassador is supporting our fellow members, leaders, and volunteers. Helping those who help us. This is another one of my favourite parts of being an ambassador. 

Knowing that you have the skills set to be trusted with organizing and executing important events is always something to be proud of. As we all know Covid has changed many things within the program and I would like to bring up the fact that these leaders and volunteers have done an amazing job to keep 4-H running smoothly. We have learned a lot about Covid and how to keep our members safe. 

I believe that we have learned many new skills from this experience such as personal and public awareness, patience and how to adapt to a new situation. No matter how hard it has gotten we have still been able to keep most of our numbers up, and have even been inviting new members to join us!

The ambassadors themselves create a communicational network across the province. We teach and learn from each other to improve and build upon one another’s skills. We all have a huge love for the program and cannot wait to do more in the upcoming year as second-year ambassadors. 

We will be sad to see our second-years move on, but have learned a lot from them even in these Covid times, and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours.

— Rheana Gilbert, Peace River Region 4H Ambassador