In recognition of their success in the 4-H program, several 4-H members and leaders from Nova Scotia are attending two national 4-H conferences in Toronto beginning today, Nov. 2. until Sunday, Nov. 6. Eight Nova Scotia 4-H members have been given a National 4-H Travel Award, enabling them to be part of a 63-member delegation from across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom attending the National 4-H Member Conference. “National travel awards contribute to the success of the 4-H program by recognizing the outstanding work 4-H members and leaders contribute to their communities,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. “Our young people learn to become responsible, productive citizens through this well-established program.” Throughout the week members will participate in educational sessions focusing on agriculture and how food moves from the farm to the plate. Delegates will attend presentations and workshops about primary agriculture, food safety, transportation and other agricultural products. The members who won travel awards are: Rachel West, Kings County; Holly Samson, Cape Breton County; Justin Sharpe, Pictou County; Connie MacDonnell, Hants County, Abby Fiendel, Lunenburg County; Nicole Comeau, Yarmouth County; Niels Kouwenburg, Cumberland County; and Gillian Kaulbach, Annapolis County. The National 4-H Volunteer Leader’s Conference will run concurrently with the 4-H member conference. The leader’s conference brings together 33 adult 4-H volunteers from across Canada for a week of leader training. 4-H leaders attending this conference are: Karen Cleveland, Digby County; Brenda Sharpe, Pictou County; Bev Mason, Cumberland County; Jacqueline Melvin, Kings County; and Lorraine Gates, Richmond County. The 4-H program helps develop valuable skills in young people that will stay with them for a lifetime. November is National 4-H month, providing an opportunity for members, volunteers and supporters to showcase the 4-H program, which has been around active in Canada since 1913. Local displays, awareness booths and special community events are planned throughout the month. For more information on Nova Scotia’s 4-H program, visit the website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/4h .