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Friday, 23 March 2012 08:52

Val Marie resident named to Saskatchewan 4-H Hall of Fame

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Three dedicated supporters of the 4-H program are being honoured for their years of volunteer service to the youth in their communities.


Vale Marie's Carol Ann Masecar has been named to the Saskatchewan 4-H Hall of Fame. She joins Claude Darreld Wasden (spelling correct), and Eileen Elizabeth Peters who are added to the list of 78 others on the 4-H Saskatchewan honour roll. There will be a ceremony in Saskatoon on Saturday, March 24.


All three are longtime 4-H club leaders -- Wasden in the Spiritwood and Mildred areas (120 km west of Prince Albert), Masecar in Val Marie (130 km south of Swift Current) and Peters in Baljennie (50 km southeast of North Battleford).


4-H clubs depend upon volunteer leaders to help youth aged 6 to 21 as they “Learn to Do by Doing.” The three 2012 honourees have all been instrumental in improving the lives of many young people in the province.
For over 90 years, Saskatchewan 4-H has encouraged individual growth in young people by developing self-confidence, the ability to make wise decisions and a responsible attitude toward community service.
Although the 4-H program has its roots in rural Saskatchewan, it is in every major city and many towns offering projects for youth like woodworking, photography, outdoor adventure. In fact, there are more than 35 project offerings.
4-H clubs are run by their members, and relies upon parental and leader involvement, making it a program in which the whole family can participate.


Bio on Carol Ann Masecar
Carol Ann Masecar, born in Saskatoon, completed her schooling in Calgary, Alberta and spent her young adult years in Fernie, BC, has resided in Val Marie with her  husband Jim Commodore since 1991. Since that time, Carol has been a 4-H leader and recently received her 20-year Leader Pin. She currently leads the Light Horse project with the Val Marie 4-H Light Horse Club.

Carol is a Certified CEF (Canadian Equestrian Federation) Coach and works hard to improve her knowledge and skills and takes great joy in sharing this knowledge with others. She has always done her best to make her 4-H club exciting by teaching members a variety of skills and exposing them to as many different events and disciplines as possible (for example: reining, working cow horse, speed events, trail, mounted games, natural horsemanship, drill team, polo, trick training, jumping and dressage).  She is also known for teaching interesting light horse winter projects such as braiding headstalls, reins and halters, leatherwork, tooling and hooking wool saddle pads. As well as for engaging other leaders to teach woodworking to make saddle stands or assist with projects.

Carol’s enthusiasm for teaching reaches very far. She always gives 100%, and goes out of her way to ensure everyone has an excellent, fun, rewarding and safe 4-H experience. With careful attention on the members’ safety, Carol excels at organizing fun club events like overnight campouts, trail rides and team penning.

Carol is very generous when it comes to helping others, particularly her 4-H members. If a child wanted to join the 4-H club but did not have a horse, Carol would lend one of her own horses for that child to use. If a child did not have a riding helmet, she would lend them one of hers or any other equipment they needed. She ensured everyone had the opportunity to be a 4-H member and to take advantage of her vast knowledge and love for horses, as well as the many opportunities that the 4-H program has to offer.

Carol was also the General and a Project Leader for several years with the Val Marie 4-H Multiple Club where she led Babysitting, Small Pets, Let’s Entertain and Dog Obedience. She brought in instructors to lead a hunter safety course, cooking, photography, mechanics, welding and beef projects and was instrumental in organizing a Connections Canada exchange.

Beyond club-level, Carol was on the 4-H Board of Directors in 1997 and 1998 as the SW leader delegate, and was secretary/treasurer for the District #4 4-H Council for several years. She spear-headed many district and regional-level committees and organized 4-H functions including public speaking, ski trips, curling and equestrian camps.

Carol has spread her dedication and love of horses to 4-H members over the last 20 years. By sharing her knowledge, providing interesting and fun activities, and personally putting faith in her 4-H club and members, Carol has risen beyond the call of duty as a 4-H leader.

Nominated by District 4 4-H Council

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