Dec. 3, 2012, Ottawa, ON – After 22 ½ years, Mike Nowosad is retiring from the helm of 4-H Canada.
A long time dedicated employee, working closely with both the national 4-H Council Board of Directors and the 4-H Foundation Trustees, Nowosad played a key role in shaping the national program over his time with the organization. Under his tenure the long term ‘Measures of Success’ report measuring the impact and value of 4-H across Canada was commissioned and repeated; a national 4-H resource development and sharing network was implemented; and risk management processes and initiatives were put in place to ensure the organization was meeting the needs of its clients and members.
“Mike Nowosad made a major contribution to 4-H in Canada,” says Rob Black, President of the Canadian 4-H Council. “In recent years he was instrumental in moving the organization to a governance model of leadership and undertaking a collaborative initiative nationally to define what our organization will stand for over the next 100 years”. Establishing and cultivating a network of contacts and collaborative working relationships with the agricultural industry, government and stakeholders across Canada and beyond, Black goes on to say that “Mike has been a friend of everyone directly and indirectly involved with 4-H for many years”.
In 2013, 4-H will celebrate its 100th anniversary in Canada. “4-H has a long-standing tradition of encouraging youth leadership, raising awareness of agriculture and strengthening communities,” says Black. “As we begin our second century of youth leadership, we’ll be seeking a leader that can build upon this strong foundation.”
The Canadian 4-H Council will conduct a nationwide search to find the CEO to lead the national organization. The Council hopes to have the new CEO in place sometime in the New Year.
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