Wednesday, 20 March 2013 16:05

4-H honours long-time volunteer from Webb

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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The Saskatchewan 4-H Council’s Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon March 16-17 was an opportunity for them to honour some of the organization’s most valued members, including Webb resident Bernard Kemick.

Kemick, who has been a member, leader, and volunteer with 4-H since 1965, was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The medal is awarded to Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their community, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.
For Kemick, the medal is in recognition of the many years he spent building the 4-H program within the southwest.
“I got involved with 4-H when I first started judging, when I was about 22,” explained Kemick. “I’ve been working with livestock and 4-H for most of my life.”
Kemick spent 48 years working with Swift Current Ag & Ex, participating in a number of clubs and judging livestock for groups throughout the region. He also helped organize 4-H competitions each year and was involved with bull sales.
“Them days, there were some terrific clubs,” he noted. “My wife used to help me judge, and we had a couple other people with us, too. There was no way one person could do it. Some groups had as high as 56 head to a club.”
Kemick took pride in having a good showing of 4-H steers at Frontier Days each year. He enjoyed having the opportunity to work with youth from across the southwest, including clubs in Aneroid, Mankota, Morse, Herbert, and Kyle.
“I almost feel like I was raised in the fairgrounds,” Kemick admitted. “I’ve been involved in lots of stuff, and everything I’ve been in I’ve learned a lot about myself. This is such a great organization.”

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