Tuesday, 13 February 2018 06:09

Arrowwood woman joins elite after being inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame

Written by  Demi Knight
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Arrowwood's Linda Gooch makes a heartfelt acceptance speech. Arrowwood's Linda Gooch makes a heartfelt acceptance speech. Alberta Agriculture

One Albertan woman received the elite honour this year of being inducted into the Alberta 4-H Hall of Fame thanks to her long-standing contributions to both the organization and her community.

Linda Gooch from Arrowwood joined an elite force of community leaders, volunteers and trend-setters this year as she was recognized by the organization as an important member and mentor to the 4-H community after being involved for almost thirty years.
“I have had the opportunity to learn a great deal through the program and to work with some great people,” says Gooch of her time with the organization. “4-H has been a very large part of my life for over 25 years and I am so grateful to have had this wonderful 4-H experience.”
Gooch was first introduced into the action in 1989 when her children were looking for an organized horse riding activity to get involved with. After reading up how to start a 4-H horse club, Gooch was sold and put her idea into action and continued to evolve her involvement from there.
Now 25 years later, after dabbling in several different aspects of the organization, Gooch says she has gone on to learn valuable life lessons, not only for herself, but also for the youths enrolled in this multi-faceted and educational program.
“I have learned that the 4-H program is one of the most valuable youth programs because it teaches its members such lifelong skills such as responsibility, leadership, record keeping and finances, public speaking, community service and so much more.  And I think I have learned all of those skills as well.”
However, Gooch isn’t the only one happy to have been a part of this organization, as her time working with volunteer and leadership programs within 4-H, Gooch herself has touched many lives and helped strengthen the program as a whole in a variety of different ways including being a club and district leader and being a member of the provincial Equine Advisory Committee.
Gooch has also given much of her time at 4-H to volunteer with the Calgary regional horse show as a show chair as well as help develop guidelines and equipment checklists for the regional horse show and for 4-H’s largest show and competition, the parade.
However, her dedication to the community didn’t stop with 4-H as Gooch was also a volunteer in her hometowns agriculture society, as well as a Stampede queen competitor mentor and riding coach and school teacher.
With the urge to give back embedded in her nature, inducting Gooch into the hall of fame alongside other significant contributors was a decision committee and key leaders within the organization were happy to make 
“Being involved in 4-H for nearly 30 years has been so rewarding in itself, but being inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame is truly an honour that I never expected.”
The 4-H Alberta organization which was brought to life in 1917, has been working over the years to develop life-long skills within urban and rural youth and adults, by providing meetings, activities, camps and projects. With volunteers, mentors, families and friends the 4-H community has grown over the years to encompass a community of like-minded people ready to learn and grow in a fun and educational environment and are happy to have individuals such as Linda joining the ranks of other fellow alumni in the elite hall of fame.

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