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New CEO named for 4-H Canada

April 1, 2013  By 4-H Canada

Apr. 1, 2013, Ottawa, ON – Shannon Benner will head 4-H Canada as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective April 22, 2013. Benner brings more than 15 years of management experience with youth-focused organizations to her new role at 4-H Canada, as the organization celebrates 100 years of empowering Canadian youth to “learn to do by doing.”
Originally from British Columbia, Benner has spent her professional career in leadership positions with experiential education organizations that focus on positive youth development. She joins 4-H Canada from the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation where she was most recently responsible for standards, risk management and accreditation of facilities across North America.
“We are delighted to have Shannon on board to lead the 4-H Canada team,” says Rob Black, president of the Canadian 4-H Council. “Her entire professional career has been focused on engaging and inspiring youth, and we can’t wait for the entire 4-H organization to benefit from Shannon’s leadership.”
Benner spent several years in the US working with youth organizations to develop, fundraise, market and lead youth development including AIG International in Vermont and The Princeton-Blairstown Centre affiliated with Princeton University. She began her career with the Outward Bound organization in Western Canada.
“This is an exciting time to be joining 4-H Canada as we celebrate 100 years of the tremendous impact 4-H has had on kids and communities across Canada,” says Shannon Benner. “I am passionate about organizations that make a difference in the lives of youth, and I know that 4-H Canada will provide the perfect opportunity to use my management expertise to see the strong tradition of 4-H grow and flourish.”
Benner will be relocating to Ottawa, from her home in Parry Sound, Ontario along with her husband Chris and two sons Patrick and Findlay.

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