Let’s meet Kris, the Chatham-Kent 4-H Association President!
Kris started her 4-H career at the age of 12, encouraged by her dad. He like many others told her how much fun 4-H was! She had already been showing beef cattle at the Hensall Fair but really wanted to participate in the 4-H beef show. Upon joining her local beef club, she became involved in a number of other clubs including sheep, veterinary, cooking, crafting, outdoor adventure, leadership and photography. Kris enjoyed holding a busy schedule, attending weekly 4-H meetings, learning and meeting up with friends.
As a 4-H member, Kris participated in the equivalent of Discovery Days today, Provincial leadership camp, and the Royal Bank Inter-Provincial Exchange (New Brunswick). She participated in many Judging Competitions and Go For the Gold Competitions, including the Provincial level. Kris was also fortunate to win some 4-H scholarships upon attending University. As a leader she has coached winning Go For the Gold teams and was a chaperone for the National 4-H Conference in Toronto one year.
‘Life changing’ is a buzzword when talking about past 4-H experiences and Kris’ story is no exception. In short, she has met many people and made many friends. She tells us “One of the people I met briefly at Provincial Leadership camp I ended up re-meeting when I started University. We realized we knew each other when we saw each other’s photo from the event!” 4-H has also helped to increase her confidence. As a member, Kris tells us she was quiet and shy, finding it hard to express her options with others fearing she would be wrong. Through the 4-H program, she has learned it is okay to be wrong, in fact we all are sometimes! Since then, Kris has gained confidence in voicing her options, knowing she would have support. Not knowing exactly when it happened, Kris also became a public speaker!
Kris has a lot of 4-H memories but she still enjoys watching a good beef (or other livestock) show. The excitement of doing well in a show where you don’t expect too, is amazing!
Outside of 4-H, Kris enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering with the local Girl Guides, camping, hiking, canoeing/kayaking and reading (when she has the time!). She has a love for the outdoors, traveling and learning about other parts of the world. Some of her adventures include trips to Peru, Egypt, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Turkey!
As you see Kris at local 4-H events, make sure you introduce yourself and say a friendly hello, she would love to meet you!
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