Recently, 4-H Canada members celebrated the 4-H Canada Leadership Awards in a first-ever virtual event to recognize outstanding contributions of 4-H youth, leader and alumni.
Sa-Hali secondary student Amanda McGillivray was among four young people recognized for their leadership in creating positive change in the world, earning the 4-H Canada Leadership Excellence Award of Distinction within one of 4-H’s leadership development pillars — Environment and Healthy Living.
The value of the scholarship awarded to Amanda will go a long way, providing $20,000 over four years for her post-secondary education.
Amanda grew up on her family’s cattle ranch, raising purebred and commercial Angus herds.
For the past nine years, she has been part of the Tod Mountain 4-H Club. She has spent time at 4-H events, competed in public speaking events across the province and in judging and beef projects.
Outside of 4-H, Amanda has engaged within her community and school, getting involved in leadership and peer tutoring groups. Her volunteer efforts at Royal Inland Hospital have helped to make patients’ stays more comfortable.
Amanda has also been active in competitive dance for the past 10 years and loves being part of a dance team.
Looking ahead, she said she is focused on dedicating her efforts to studying psychology — a subject she about which she is passionate.
Amanda plans to earn a psychology degree at the University of Victoria before aiming for a master’s degree in clinical psychology.
Through 4-H, she has become aware of the challenges within the agricultural community, including the increased risk of anxiety and depression for ranchers and farmers. Amanda said she is committed to using her experiences and upbringing to pursue a career as an industry speaker and counsellor, specializing in the agriculture community.